Hello and welcome, Musical Books is a blog article about exactly what it says! However don't be fooled if you think you have to really like music to get a good read here. I will also be reviewing riveting good reads that are not absolutely note for note about music.
I'm starting with one of my favorites,
Joe Boyd's White Bicycles - Making Music in the 60's.
This is a memoir of music producer Joe Boyd whose career began as a tour manager to Muddy waters and The Reverend Gary Davies during the blues revival in England in the mid sixties.Although Boyd is an American the book has the feel of being written by an Englishman. His love of English folk music is probably responsible for this. He was pivotal in furthering the careers of Sandy Denny, the Incredible String Band and Nick Drake.
There are so many fascinating anecdotes about musicians from Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd to Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. Not only is it interesting from a musical point of view but also as a window into the political and cultural changes of the western world since the 1960's to the present day. There is also a cd of the same name available with all of the artists he produced. Check it out it's a great mix of sounds.
I've just put this one down, Just Kids by Patti Smith.
This is an enchanting account of her relationship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. They were "just kids" living in New York as aspiring artists. Smith and Mapplethorpe were there when The Velvet Underground were gigging and Andy Warhol's Factory was at full tilt.
It's beautifully written and emanates the innocence and awe that accompanies newly explored worlds of art and music.
I also learned about Sam Wagstaff from this book. He was a very important Art Curator who promoted Minimalism and photography as a fine art. (It led me to check out this Documentary : Black White + Gray. Very interesting)