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The Sound Board #8: The Books About Music Episode

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This episode’s central topic is books about music. What are ones you should check out? And literacy is important.

Other topics include our summer new music guide, UK vs US release dates, Dave Matthews Band’s hiatus, Ozomatli’s cause, and more.


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  • The best book on a musical figure I ever read was “Woody Guthrie: A Life” by Joe Klein. It told the life story of Guthrie, warts and all, as well as telling the story of the folk music movement of the ’30’s, ’40’s and ’50’s. A very good read

  • I recommend The Manual (How to have a number one the easy way) by the KLF. Despite being tongue in cheek, it has a lot of wisdom and is a funny read. I think it’s freely available to read online as it is long out of print.

    I really don’t like Phonogram. I was around for Britpop and I get all the references but having all the characters constantly talk in song lyrics or yuppy-isms and it makes me cringe.

    I sent an email about listener submitted albums, are you still wanting to review them?

  • Very interesting topic. This past spring I took an English class called Literature of Rock and Roll.

    I read:

    Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
    Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs
    Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad
    Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo
    The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
    High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
    The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
    Master of Reality by John Darnielle

    My favorites were by Bangs (a great, witty, satirical, intelligent critic), Azzerad (he wrote biographies of 80’s DIY/Indie/Hardcore bands like Fugazi, Minor Threat, Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Minutemen, etc. Some bios were better than others), Doyle (very funny and irreverent, yet spot on with the music), High Fidelity (for many of the same reasons discussed on the show), and Master of Reality (part of the Continuum 33 1/3 series [which is a series where one book reviews one album] this particular book reviews Black Sabbath, but is written as a fictional account of a teenager in a mental institute. Also, Darnielle is the songwriter for the Mountain Goats, which is a great band).

    Rushdie was horrible.

    Mystery Train and Great Jones Street were just okay. Didn’t stand out to me at all.