We recently asked Graeme Thomson, author of the excellent Cowboy Song: The Authorised Biography of Philip Lynott if he had any favorite music books or anything he might recommend. Here's what Graeme suggested; have a look...
Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker by James Gavin
“Chet Baker looked like a dream but lived out a nightmare; he sang with a ghostly indifference and moved through his own life like a wraith. Gavin recounts the unutterably sad decline of the chilliest of the cool jazz cats with unsparing but empathetic dedication.”
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
“Pretty much all you would want from a memoir by Springsteen, structured like one of his live sets: (over) long, very generous, often hokey, occasionally dark and ultimately uplifting. Born to Run moves artfully between his two songwriting and performing voices. The big, rowdy one throwing out CAPS and !!!!!s is an entertaining host, but it’s the thoughtful, introspective literary inner voice which makes for a fascinating – and remarkably self-aware – telling of a great American life.”
Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements by Bob Mehr
“There are plenty of days every year when The Replacements are my favourite band. This exhaustive telling of their booze-fueled, plaid-clad self-sabotage is a book I’ve been waiting years to read, and it didn’t disappoint.”
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