Facebook Twitter 13 Music Memoirs You Should Read Right Now louis-armstrong-warren-zevon-13-music-memoirs-you-should-be-reading News Email Louis Armstrong To Warren Zevon: 13 Music Memoirs You Should Be Reading Suggested reading for every music fanatic … but you don’t have to take our word for it, dive in and see for yourself!Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 9, 2018 – 10:23 am Life and art may take turns imitating each other, but a good music memoir successfully imitates both. Such is the case for this short list of quality books that take you inside the lives, careers, minds and hearts of a variety of music makers, from the iconic (Louis Armstrong and Loretta Lynn) to the explosive (Warren Zevon and Patty Schemel) to the crafty (Geoff Emerick and Annie Leibovitz). There is no shortage of first-hand accounts to tell the story of our rich music history for those willing to read or listen.In honor of National Reading Month, take a browse through these 13 captivating music memoirs — all books with stories of art and life told by the men and women who lived them.1. Louis Armstrong, Satchmo: My Life In New OrleansLong before making his influential recordings with the Hot Five and Hot Seven in the ’20s, popularizing jazz as uniquely American music in the ’30s and ’40s, and becoming a beloved icon in the ’50s and 60’s with television appearances and the mainstream appeal of “What A Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong just wanted to play. Satchmo… is his frantic recounting of the first two decades of his life, which began in 1900 in New Orleans. In these formative years, Armstrong overcame economic and racial adversity, familial instability, and a city of violence while cutting his teeth at some of the roughest joints in town before heading to Chicago to launch one of the most important careers in all of music history: his own.2. Pauline Black, Black By DesignPauline Black had a front-row seat for the 2-Tone phenomenon of the late ’70s. Named for English record label 2 Tone Records, the era blended elements of ska and punk and launched acts like the Specials, the Beat, Madness, and Dexys Midnight Runners. As lead singer for the Selector, Black was the lone woman in the movement, sometimes called the Queen of British Ska. But her story goes back much farther, to a childhood during which she was given up for adoption by her Nigerian/Anglo-Jewish parents and raised by a white working-class family in 1950s London. Black By Design tells of Black’s journey toward becoming a famous musician while circling back to recount the touching story of her search to find her birth parents.3. David Byrne, How Music WorksPart memoir, part psychology thesis, part tech journal — David Byrne’s 2012 book, How Music Works, should be required reading for anyone interested in the history or future of music. In this collection of essays, Byrne comes at the concept of a music memoir from a different angle (stating in the acknowledgemnts, saying, “the ‘aging rocker bio’ is a crowded shelf”), aiming his sights at exploring the elements that combine, duplicate and combust in the process of music. From the anatomy of a music scene, with the ’70-era CBGB’s club as his cadaver set for dissection, to the implications of psychoacoustics and digital culture on our future, Byrne covers a lot of ground without seeming scattered. He also shines a light on the history of Talking Heads, with some especially illuminating sections on how the band’s style developed and evolved. With Byrne’s ability to express complex ideas in simple terms, it’s not impossible to imagine portions of How Music Works being integrated into college courses across many disciplines.4. Elvis Costello, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing InkAs angular and eclectic as his catalog, Elvis Costello’s 2015 memoir careens through history, bouncing around the singer’s spastic and varied career with the same clever phrasing and vivid imagery found in his songs. Much like the way Bob Dylan’s gold-standard memoir. Chronicles: Volume One, largely ignores a conventional chronological format, Costello opts for a needle-drop approach to his life, swooping in just long enough to capture brief slices of life. Compared to the economy of a great song, the sprawling format of prose writing — and of life in general — can be daunting, or as he admits, “life takes much longer than the average pop song.” In the end, Costello’s audiobook performance of the book earned him his 14th career GRAMMY nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for the 59th GRAMMY Awards, making the audio version of Unfaithful Music… (plus Vulture’s accompanying playlist) a must for the full experience. 5. Geoff Emerick, Here, There And Everywhere: My Life Recording The BeatlesProducer/engineer Geoff Emerick, who was just 15 years old when he began as an assistant engineer at the world famous Abbey Road Studios, enjoyed unmatched access to the Beatles’ recording sessions for most of their career, making his memoir on working with the greatest rock band there ever was a surreal read. Just as Emerick approaches the recording studio with a technical savoir faire and a keen eye toward experimentation, his writing sees the Fab Four and their musical innovations framed in proper respect to the technical innovations that went into their best albums. But Emerick’s perspective provides as much insight into the dynamic of tension in the band as it does their recording process, making Here, There and Everywhere… an honest and precious account of some of the most historic recording sessions of all time.6. Annie Leibovitz, American MusicDominant in her field, and uncanny in her ability, photographer Annie Leibovitz has spent nearly five decades capturing some of our culture’s most iconic images. In her 2003 photo book, American Music, Leibowitz traces the backroads of the Mississippi Delta, the alleys of New Orleans and backstage hallways of venues across the country to find the faces and places that paint the rich landscape of American music. The collection is rounded out by shots from the master’s archive of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Lou Reed, Mary J. Blige, and more, with short essays contributed by Patti Smith, Rosanne Cash, Mos Def, Beck, Ryan Adams and Steve Earle, providing a little light reading to pair with Leibowitz’ breathtaking photographs.Kendrick Lamar To Katy Perry: Songs Inspired By Books7. Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s DaughterMuch like the song of the same name, Coal Miner’s Daughter is an honest telling of Loretta Lynn’s remarkable story from humble beginnings to country music superstardom. For a woman who came from real poverty, had little in the way of formal education, was married by age 13, became a grandmother by 29, and “never thought of ever leaving Butcher Holler,” her ascension to Nashville royalty status is fascinating. Lynn’s voice (with help of writer George Vecsey) sings onto the page, maintaining the same signature rural diction that lends authenticity, candor and power to her songs.8. RZA, The Tao Of WuFans of the seminal ’90s East Coast rap collective Wu-Tang Clan are no doubt familiar with RZA’s many talents as a producer, rapper, filmmaker, actor, and yes, author. His 2009 book, The Tao Of Wu, served as a follow-up to his first book, The Wu-Tang Manual, which is more of a farmer’s almanac filled with informative details on the group’s members, terminology, and influence. The sequel, however, zeroes in on RZA, going deeper into his personal philosophy, spirituality, and story. Examining everything from his signature production techniques to the significance of his 1993 acquittal of an attempted murder charge, The Tao Of Wu is RZA’s pursuit of wisdom, which he calls, “the cure for all sickness.”9. Patty Schemel, Hit So Hard: A MemoirIt can be tempting to glamorize the grunge scene and lifestyle in retrospect of early-90’s Seattle because of the incredible bands and landmark albums it produced, but the truth is much darker. Patty Schemel’s stellar memoir, Hit So Hard, provides a candid first-hand account of the last real movement in rock and roll from a unique vantage point. As the drummer for the band Hole, Schemel lived with the band’s frontwoman Courtney Love and late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. But her story — and her memoir — covers so much more than her experience with the more famous denizens of the stories scene. From a childhood interrupted by her parents’ divorce, to her struggle to understand her own sexuality and finding refuge in playing the drums, to witnessing and experiencing addiction on a tragic scale and experiencing the long road to recovery, Schemel emerges as an unlikely — and unsung —hero.10. Patti Smith, Just KidsPatti Smith’s voice expressed as prose can be every bit as raw and electrifying as the one you hear in her music. Her 2010 memoir documenting her relationship with artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe has become almost a companion piece in spirit to the aforementioned Dylan memoir, and every bit as lasting thanks to the story’s devoted teller. Smith and Mapplethorpe enjoyed a connection too intrinsic for fantasy, and in Just Kids Smith puts their story of youth and adventure in the perfect frame. 11. Todd Snider, I Never Met A Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall TalesWritten by the man Rolling Stone affectionately called “a lowlife Randy Newman,” Todd Snider’s I Never Met A Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tales is not your conventional music memoir. But then again, Snider is not your conventional musician. Full of wit, soul and his own cocktail of self-deprecating braggadocio, Snider has become the people’s mayor of East Nashville, churning out sharp, intellectual country, everyman folk, and carefree rock and roll since his 1994 debut, Songs For The Daily Planet. It’s an ethos he keeps alive to this day, both with his latest solo effort — 2016’s Eastside Bulldog — and also his jam-rock supergroup Hard Working Americans. Like the wildly entertaining between-song monologues Snider’s live shows have become known for, I Never Met A Story … is a collection of hilarious — if not apocryphal — anecdotes from Snider’s many years spent in bar bands, beat-up vans, and backstages across the country.12. Victor Wooten, The Music LessonWant to go on a trip? Virtuoso bassist and bandleader Victor Wooten’s The Music Lesson takes the reader on a ride too outrageous to be believed, yet too personal and transcendent to be ignored. Even Wooten admits early in book that he didn’t quite believe what he learned in this most unconventional lesson, but the story that follows sees an impossibly eccentric stranger-turned-mentor showing Wooten the intangibles of music: those found in the heart and the spirit and the gut. Wooten’s book is a delightful read for the absolute beginner and consummate pro alike.13. Crystal Zevon, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life And Times Of Warren ZevonMany geniuses are troubled. Warren Zevon’s life and death were filled with struggle and hardship punctuated by moments of pure brilliance. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead … was written and compiled by Zevon’s former wife Crystal Zevon, and trades heavily in cringe-worthy accounts of the couples tumultuous personal life sprinkled with romantic nostalgia from the ’70s L.A. rock scene. The book also contains many of Warren Zevon’s personal journal entries, providing a stark image of the man revered by so many of his contemporaries and songwriting peers for the gorgeous and irreverent songs he wrote right up through his struggle with cancer and tragic death in 2003. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead … is a hard read on many fronts, and afterward you may like the man and some of his actions a lot less, but you’ll like the music and his spirit a lot more.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, January 17, 2019:#1) Great Songs From Great Movies At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a special concert at 2:30pm. Join musician David Polansky as he performs great songs from great movies on the trumpet and keyboard and sings a few as well. Favorites such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Moon River, The Shadow of Your Smile, and many more will take you down memory lane. Register HERE.#2) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#3) English Conversation Group At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting its monthly English Conversation Group at 7pm. Practice speaking English with fellow English language learners in a relaxed environment. Open to all ability levels. Led by ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald. Register HERE.#4) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, May 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, May 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Lalu Prasad Yadav. IANS file photoIndia’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad on Saturday was sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case.Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh announced the sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of sentencing.He also slapped a Rs 5 lakh fine on the former Bihar Chief Minister.The court had on 23 December convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam.
The police have said that they found two bullet-ridden bodies in Howaikang of Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf upazila early Monday.Teknaf police officials identified the deceased as Delwar Hossain and Mohammad Rafiq.Police claimed that the dead were members of robber gangs and involved in yaba smuggling.Inspector (investigation) of Teknaf model police station, ABM Doha, told Prothom Alo that being informed, two groups of robbers took position on Teknaf-Cox’s Bazar Road a police team conducted a drive around 2:00am and found those two bullet-ridden bodies there.Police also recovered two firearms and four bullets from the spot, he added.ABM Doha claimed that the deceased could have been killed in exchange of fire between two groups of robbers.Prothom Alo, however, could not independently verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident as there was no version available either from any witness or the victims’ family members.
Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public Media.The Harris County court system, one of the busiest court systems is the nation, is still scrambling to get back to normal, after hurricane Harvey.The flooding affected 40 courtrooms and holding cells for 900 inmates. Jury trials resumed just this week.During a taping of Red, White, and Blue, District Attorney Kim Ogg says her offices have been spread to nine locations.But, she says the biggest issue in providing a just system, is an outdated and inefficient criminal justice center. Share
Virtual reality (VR) and its sibling augmented reality (AR) both have become exciting outlets for creators looking to immerse their audience into their stories. And this week, some of the best storytellers in the industry released their latest films for headsets, phones and tablets: CREDIT: Courtesy of Baobab Studios “Crow: The Legend” Baobab Studios’ latest VR film is a star-studded adaptation of a Native American tale that touches on themes of diversity and inclusion. The film’s character cast includes Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, Constance Wu and Diego Luna, and its animation style is unlike anything you’ve seen in VR before.“Crow: The Legend” is now available for free on Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift, and a non-VR version was released on YouTube this week.And for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Crow,” check out our in-depth feature from September. “Wonderscope” Chris Milk’s immersive media startup Within is breaking new ground for AR storytelling with “Wonderscope,” a new iOS app that tells interactive children’s stories right in your living room. At launch, the app offers access to two AR stories, a “Red Riding Hood” adaptation titled “Little Red the Inventor,” and “A Brief History of Stunts by Astounding People,” a real-life tale of a wing-walking grandma.The app is available for free for iPhones and iPads, and “Little Red the Inventor” can be unlocked with an in-app payment of $4.99.For a look behind the scenes, check out our recent feature on “Wonderscope” and AR storytelling. “Age of Sail” Coming from Google’s Spotlight Stories unit, “Age of Sail” is the story of an old, down on his luck sailor who rescues a young girl from drowning, and in turn gets saved by her. The 12-minute short film has been directed by Oscar-winning animator John Kahrs, who tapped into his own boating experience to bring the stormy seas to VR.“Age of Sail” was released this week for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive as well as any headset supporting YouTube VR. The film can also be watched on a phone on YouTube, and is available via the Spotlight Stories app for is available via Android and iOS.Read more about the making of “Age of Sail” in our behind-the-scenes feature. Popular on Variety CREDIT: Courtesy of Google Spotlight Stories CREDIT: Courtesy of Wonderscope from WITHIN ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15