Music

Staff Pick: Miles by Miles Davis and Quincey Troupe

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If you are reading this book because of Miles' troubles you'll find plenty, but more than anything this book is about a passion for music that will make you want to pick up an instrument and start to play.

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Staff Pick: Season of the Witch

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If you were someone who sat in their basement playing with your ouiji board and listening to the Beatle’s White Album backwards, this book is for you.

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This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll -- from the Beatles to Black Sabbath -- and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world.

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Staff Pick: The 33 1/3 Series

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One album, one book-length essay: what’s between the covers, though, might be anything from a detailed musical analysis to a coming-of-age memoir; from a political history of the music scene to a work of fiction. (The sheer variety is what I love about this series.) Whether you’re into punk, funk, metal, hard rock, yacht rock, krautrock, alt-country, dance music, or jazz fusion, there’s something here for every type of music geek. Bloomsbury, $14.95

 

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Staff Pick: Life by Keith Richards

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Keith’s advice is two-fold: Buy only the best drugs and don’t go chasing the higher high. My advice: enjoy this autobiography.

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With The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the songs that roused the world, and he lived the original rock and roll life.

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Staff Pick: Just Kids by Patti Smith

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If you are a starving artist, or just want to know what it was like being one in the 1960s and ‘70s.

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Staff Pick: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper

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The title may not be 100% accurate - as Hopper herself admits - but the pointedness and (necessary) aggression of its tone perfectly captures what this book is: sharp and energetic criticism from someone whose enthusiasm for music is contagious.

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