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Much-loved music books reissued as Faber Greatest Hits

Much-loved music books reissued as Faber Greatest Hits
Much-loved music books reissued as Faber Greatest Hits

Books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions are being reissued under Faber Greatest Hits banner.

Much-loved music books reissued as Faber Greatest Hits
Much-loved music books reissued as Faber Greatest Hits

 

Faber describes all of these as ‘books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century’. I would say that they form the basis of a quality music book library in your home. Quality reads at a reasonable price.

Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head
Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head

 

Of course, the covers are a selling point. A vintage-style sleeve, each with a uniform design and as such, looking amazing together as you can see above. One looks just fine, but once you get these together they really do catch the eye. I can imagine all of them and their colourful covers sitting pretty on anyone’s shelf or bookcase.

Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
Coltrane: The Story of a Sound

 

Which is all well and good. But at the end of the day, it is about the subject matter. Yes, they look great as a piece of interior design, but you are buying books, not glassware. Thankfully, there is quite a selection here, so all being well a few tasty will make some decent bedtime reading matter.

Re-make/Re-model: The Art School Roots of Roxy Music
Re-make/Re-model: The Art School Roots of Roxy Music

 

Let’s work through them all to give you an idea of what to expect. First up, a classic about Syd Barrett, Rob Chapman’s book is the first authoritative and exhaustively researched biography of Syd Barrett and if you are a fan, it’s a must-have.

Girl in a Band
Girl in a Band

 

Beyond that is New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratliff’s take on the life and work of jazz legend John Coltrane and Re-make/Re-model: The Art School Roots of Roxy Music, which is by Michael Bracewell with the co-operation of all of those involved, including Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera.

Art Sex Music
Art Sex Music

 

Next up is Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon, the founding member in and sole female of Sonic Youth, Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti’s Art Sex Music (a former Sunday Times book of the year) and The Dark Stuff by Nick Kent, profiling twenty-two of the most gifted and self-destructive talents in rock history. From Brian Wilson to Syd Barrett, the Rolling Stones to Neil Young, Iggy Pop to Lou Reed and more.

The Dark Stuff
The Dark Stuff

 

Rob Young’s Electric Eden investigates how the idea of folk has been handed down and transformed by successive generations, Barney Hoskyns’ Low Side Of The Road takes in Tom Waits’ extraordinary 40-year career and Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys is a candid account of Viv Albertine’s life in the Slits and post-punk.

Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music
Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music

 

In the Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music by Nicholas Dawidoff considers the origins of country music, Rip it Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds is a cracking read on the post-punk scene and finally, Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco by Peter Shapiro looks at how that scene came to fruition and how it became a byword for the 1970s dance floor.

Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits
Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits

 

As I said, something for everyone. All of those books are available to pre-order right now ahead of the 5th March 2020 release date, selling from just £5.24 each.

Find out more about the books at the Amazon website

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys

 

In the Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music
In the Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music

 

Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

 

Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco
Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco

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