Music books

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Five of the best science fiction and fantasy books of 2022
A deep space community, a compelling critique of empire, a UFO novel like no other and more

Adam Roberts

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best music books of 2022
Black women in pop, British heavy metal, and the story behind Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep

Alexis Petridis

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The big idea: why does music have such a hold over us?
A complex web of influences determines which songs we really fall for

Susan Rogers

18, Nov, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Colin Irwin obituary
Folk music journalist on Melody Maker, fRoots and Mojo whose books took him on explorations of Ireland and England

Derek Schofield

13, Nov, 2022 @7:38 PM

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The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan review – essays on songcraft
A kaleidoscopic journey through the rock legend’s musical influences – from Perry Como to the Fugs

Bob Stanley

09, Nov, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Running Up that Hill by Tom Doyle review – Kate Bush in pieces
A fragmentary guide to the musical genius offers fresh insights to the creative process – but the personal remains private

Caroline Sullivan

02, Nov, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan review – an enlightening listen-along
Dylan meditates on 66 songs he holds dear in an eclectic collection of essays that breathes new life into groundbreaking hits while relishing obscurities and oddities

Sean O’Hagan

01, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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In brief: The Good Drinker; The Blue Flames; Exit Stage Left – reviews
Adrian Chiles gives entertaining advice on moderation, AM Burrage’s spooky short stories get their dues and Nick Duerden tells of the tolls of pop stardom

Alexander Larman

31, Oct, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono review – a rattling good yarn
The U2 frontman’s autobiography is bracingly self-aware, albeit stuffed full of famous names

Dorian Lynskey

29, Oct, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Dickens and Prince by Nick Hornby review – cultural greats collide
A joyful examination of two artists from different centuries and the unlikely parallels in their life and work

Fiona Sturges

28, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Alis Lesley: the ‘female Elvis’ who takes centre stage on Bob Dylan’s new book cover
Positioned between Little Richard and Eddie Cochran is a rock’n’roll star who had a short-lived music career. So why has Dylan chosen this relative unknown to front his essay collection?

Christian Kriticos

21, Oct, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Verse, Chorus, Monster! by Graham Coxon review – Britpop’s unlikely lad
In a disarmingly candid memoir, the Blur guitarist relates the madness of fame and addiction, his unease with Britpop, and how folk led him to greener pastures

Kitty Empire

02, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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