Music books

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Exit Stage Left by Nick Duerden – what happens once the hits have dried up?
These profiles of ageing rockers ponder whether it’s better to burn out, fade away or buy a house in London

Sam Preston

10, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Let’s Do It by Bob Stanley review – a voyage through pop’s origins
Prewar stars and genres come to life in a joyous account that draws uncanny parallels with the present

Alexis Petridis

06, May, 2022 @6:30 AM

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The Sound of Being Human by Jude Rogers review – lost in music
A brilliantly unjaded exploration of the power of songs to intoxicate, enthuse and reassure

Sukhdev Sandhu

30, Apr, 2022 @6:30 AM

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‘That’s it? It’s over? I was 30. What a brutal business’: pop stars on life after the spotlight moves on
Musicians from Bob Geldof to Robbie Williams and Lisa Maffia reveal what they did – and how they felt – after the hits dried up and the crowds vanished

Nick Duerden

16, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Beatle v mobster: the day John Lennon put paid to a shady record label boss
Lawyer’s book reveals the inside story of the musician’s 1976 court battle with Morris Levy, a mafia-affiliated music mogul

Dalya Alberge

10, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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This Woman’s Work edited by Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson review – ‘Music undoes me’
Life, relationships and art are filtered through sound in 16 essays by brilliant women

Fiona Sturges

07, Apr, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Sinéad Gleeson and Kim Gordon in conversation: ‘The best music books are about grief, politics, family, loss’
The Irish author and the former Sonic Youth bassist have co-edited an eclectic collection of women’s writing about music that includes Anne Enright and Rachel Kushner

Jude Rogers

27, Mar, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Sub Pop’s Megan Jasper: ‘It felt like the ground beneath us could give at any moment’
In an extract from a new collection of essays on women’s experiences in music, the chief executive of the record label famous for launching Nirvana looks back

Megan Jasper

27, Mar, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Bob Dylan essay collection celebrating art of songwriting to be published
Publisher Simon & Schuster says The Philosophy of Modern Song ‘resembles an epic poem’

Laura Snapes

09, Mar, 2022 @11:55 AM

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Leonard Cohen: previously unpublished novel to be released in autumn
Written in 1956, A Ballet of Lepers will be published alongside other short fiction and a radio play from Cohen’s early career

Laura Snapes

24, Feb, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure review – band on the brink
Chaos reigns through much of this bleak, funny and compelling biography of the cult indie band and their quest for success, stability – and affordable housing

Miranda Sawyer

15, Feb, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Rick Rubin: Def Jam founder and producer announces debut book
The Creative Act: A Way of Being will be ‘a book about what to do make a great work of art’ and ‘a book about how to be’

Laura Snapes

11, Feb, 2022 @6:00 AM

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