Music books

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Paul McCartney to publish 900-page lyrical 'autobiography'
The Lyrics, a ‘self-portrait in 154 songs’, will look at the people, places and circumstances behind songs written in boyhood, with the Beatles and beyond

Alison Flood

24, Feb, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Johnny Rogan obituary
Music biographer whose tenacity and meticulous attention to detail did not always please his subjects

Chris Charlesworth

18, Feb, 2021 @12:46 PM

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How we made: Nick Lowe on Cruel to Be Kind
‘When the record company liked it, I was embarrassed – I was a hip new wave producer by then. I said I had a better song about a woman who was eaten by her dog’

Interviews by Jack Watkins

15, Feb, 2021 @3:47 PM

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Robert Layton obituary
Other lives: BBC music producer who specialised in Scandinavian composers

Brian Jarman

01, Feb, 2021 @2:43 PM

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In Brief: A Year With Swollen Appendices; The Octopus Man; The Dark Knight and the Puppet Master – reviews
Brian Eno’s diary gets an anniversary reissue, Jasper Gibson’s new novel asks what normal really is, and Chris Clarke tells the modern left some home truths

Alexander Larman

24, Jan, 2021 @1:00 PM

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MF Doom, iconic masked hip-hop MC, dies aged 49
Rapper and producer known for multiple projects including Madvillain died in October, according to announcement by wife

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

31, Dec, 2020 @10:42 PM

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She Come by It Natural; Dolly Parton, Songteller review – no Dumb Blonde
Two books, one by Sarah Smarsh and a ‘life in lyrics’ by Parton, offer a reminder that the singer is a social unifier, a musical trailblazer and a business genius

Fiona Sturges

25, Dec, 2020 @7:30 AM

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Sheila Nelson obituary
String teacher who introduced young pupils in small groups to the pleasure of making music together

John Fordham

14, Dec, 2020 @11:29 AM

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Don't go breaking my art: it's time to axe the mood-ruining, bar-scrambling interval
Covid has forced pianist Stephen Hough to play at different times – without a break. And he’s loved it so much, he doesn’t want to ever go back

Stephen Hough

29, Nov, 2020 @3:00 PM

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Beatles biography One Two Three Four wins Baillie Gifford prize
Craig Brown wins prestigious award for nonfiction with book that judges say ‘has reinvented the art of biography’

Alison Flood

24, Nov, 2020 @6:23 PM

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A Sound Mind by Paul Morley review – a musical odyssey
Morley’s typically digressive attempt to demystify classical music is exhausting but illuminating

Sean O’Hagan

18, Oct, 2020 @8:00 AM

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The Butterfly Effect by Marcus J Moore review – hobbled by jargon
The remarkable rise of rapper Kendrick Lamar deserves a more compelling book than this hyperbolic account

Dorian Lynskey

12, Oct, 2020 @6:00 AM

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