We asked Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt For The World's Rarest 78RPM Records, if she had any favorite music biographies or books she had read recently that she’d like to recommend. Here’s Amanda's picks for you...
My friend and colleague Ben Ratliff has a wonderful book coming out this month called Every Song Ever. It’s about the act of listening. Ben is a tremendous writer and a thoughtful, curious critic, and he draws unexpected connections between different genres and styles, and the way certain characteristics – like slowness – can manifest across time and circumstance.
I’m also about halfway through Steven Hyden’s smart and hilarious Your Favorite Band is Killing Me, about pop music rivalries, and Jesse Jarnow’s brilliant Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America, both due out later this spring.
This isn’t a new book, but last summer I wrote a piece for the Oxford American magazine about the Allman Brothers Band, Capricorn Records, and the genesis of southern rock, and part of my research for it included reading Gregg Allman’s autobiography, My Cross to Bear, which I just loved so much – it’s such a funny book, humane and generous and never self-serious. I’ve been recommending it to everyone.
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