Music books

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The Storyteller by Dave Grohl – a Foo Fighter pulls his punches
The pre-fame years of the stadium rocker take precedence over tensions in Nirvana in a family-friendly but lively collection of vignettes

Kitty Empire

17, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie – piquantly preposterous
Primal Scream’s frontman indulges himself wildly in this overblown memoir. But underneath all the cobblers lurks a fascinating story

Alexis Petridis

15, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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In brief: The Bach Cello Suites; The Book of Mother; Reality and Other Stories
Steven Isserlis gives his take on a musical masterwork, Violaine Huisman dramatises an intense daughterhood and John Lanchester evokes the ghost in our machines

Hannah Beckerman

10, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Bobby Gillespie: ‘For the first 10 years of my life, I lived in a Glasgow tenement … that stuff stays with you’
On the eve of the publication of his memoir, the Primal Scream frontman talks to friend and author Irvine Welsh about his working-class upbringing

10, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Major Labels by Kelefa Sanneh review – an unapologetic defence of music’s defining categories
This often fascinating history of genres and their role in establishing our identities would have been even better with more personal touches

Sean O’Hagan

10, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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‘I saw something in Bruce Springsteen that nobody else saw’: the world according to Stevie Van Zandt
The Boss’s trusty sideman has many plans – from saving central America to TV Hogmanay at the Playboy Mansion – and he’s more than happy to share his rock wisdom

Michael Hann

05, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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How to Be a Rock Star by Shaun Ryder review – candid, brilliant and bizarre
The lead singer of the Happy Mondays and star of Celebrity Gogglebox mixes funny stories with moments of real poignancy as he looks back at three decades of rock’n’roll debauchery

Emma Garland

02, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Beatles on the brink: the truth about the Fab Four’s final days
The director’s new documentary weaves together hours of unseen footage to dispel many myths about the band’s final weeks

John Harris

26, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Opera librettist Amanda Holden obituary
Scholar of opera who translated librettos into English, wrote ones of her own and edited guides to encourage new listeners

David Pountney

16, Sep, 2021 @3:17 PM

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From Ghetts to Genesis, Nick Cave to Arlo Parks: autumn 2021’s essential music
From Fontaines DC to the Valkyrie, a techno Halloween to Little Simz, this is the unmissable music of the next few months

Alexis Petridis, Ammar Kalia and Andrew Clements

25, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Paul McCartney to reveal unseen Beatles lyrics in new book
The Lyrics will feature a ‘self-portrait’ in 154 songs, including the unrecorded Tell Me Who He Is

Alison Flood

23, Aug, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner review – a self-deprecating and honest memoir
Grief, anxiety and the many flavours of instant noodles suffuse this story of loss, growth and mother-daughter love

Sarah Shin

07, Aug, 2021 @6:30 AM

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