Thursday, December 7, 2017

THE 50 BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF 2017

[Art by Al Margen]


#RESIST
Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 by Daniel Wolff

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#ESSAY
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us: Essays by Hanif Abdurraqib
Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z ed. by Jonathan Lethem & Kevin Dettmar

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#SOUL
In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett by Tony Fletcher
Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green by Jimmy McDonough
Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music by Ann Powers
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#Россия
Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph, and Its Aftermath by Stuart Isacoff


#FICTION
Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson
White Tears by Hari Kunzru
Late Arcade by Nathaniel Mackey
Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

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#RS@50
When Genres Collide: Down Beat, Rolling Stone, and the Struggle between Jazz and Rock by Matt Brennan
Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

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#CLASSICAL
Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting by John Mauceri
Music after the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture Since 1989 by Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Toscanini: Musician of Conscience by Harvey Sachs

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#NYC
Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman
Punk Avenue: Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982 by Phil Marcade

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#UK
Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg
O Sing Unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music by Andrew Gant
Folk Song in England by Steve Roud
The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock by David Weigel


#MINNESOTAH
Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974-1984-An Oral History
by Cyn Collins
Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman

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#SUB-
Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture (reprint) by Beth Lesser w/ Stuart Baker
Ghostnotes: Music of the Unplayed by Brian Cross, Greg Tate & Dave Tompkins
The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles ed. by Josh Kun
The Raver Stories Project ed. by Michael Tullberg

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#HIS
Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains by Howie Abrams & James Lathos
Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis
David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones
Everything Is Combustible: Television, CBGB's and Five Decades of Rock and Roll: The Memoirs of an Alchemical Guitarist by Robert Lloyd

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#LISTENING
The Force of Listening by Lucia Farinati & Claudia Frith
Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Personal Stereo by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

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