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20 Best Music Books of 2013

Morrissey's Wildean memoir, an exhaustive Beatles tome, Questlove's meta-level writing and more of the year's top reads

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2013's Best Music Books

If you're a fan of both rock and reading, 2013 had much to offer. Some of the year's best music books centered around big-name artists, like Mark Lewisohn's insanely detailed Beatles bio Tune In, as well as cantankerous autobiographies from both Morrissey and Steely Dan's grump-in-chief Donald Fagen. But great reads came from all corners — from Joe Mansfield's coffee table book on classic drum machines (essential gawking for music-gear fetishists), to Rob Sheffield's brilliant memoir-cum-karaoke-treatise Turn Around Bright Eyes, to the terrific heavy metal history Louder Than Hell, a classic tale of sex, drugs and Satan that'll thrill even non-headbangers. Read on for our top 20.

By Jon Dolan, Colin Fleming, Will Hermes, and Christian Hoard

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