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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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'Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville' by Michael Streissguth

The story of how a scraggly bunch of outliers upended Music City and the pomaded sound of country music in the Sixties and Seventies. Sure, it centers on Texans Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. But Johnny Cash, Dylan and a posse of wildcat songwriters and industry types were equally key, as Streissguth makes clear. So vivid, you can almost smell the whiskey and Mexican weed.

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