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10 Best Music Books of 2017

Reliving the Strokes’ heyday, reassessing Dylan’s ‘gospel’ phase, and taking a surreal journey with Art Garfunkel

10 Best Music Books of 2017

The best music books of 2017 have very little in common with one another. They range from an incredibly in-depth look at Bob Dylan’s gospel years to a wildly-entertaining oral history of the early 2000s New York rock revival to a surreal adventure through the eclectic mind of Art Garfunkel. But they’re all fascinating and destined to be cherished for years and years to come. 

Rolling Stone 10 best music books 2017

Liner Notes

The author of folk songs like “Dilated to Meet You” and “I Remember Sex” pens a hilariously candid memoir. Wainwright doesn’t shy away from embarrassing details, such as his many infidelities and the envy he feels for his successful kids, Rufus and Martha.

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

Mitchell’s story has been told in books, but she’s never cooperated with a biographer until now. The folk icon gave Yaffe complete access, opening up about her music, struggles with drugs, and even the time Miles Davis made a pass at her. 

Rolling Stone 10 best music books 2017

Lou Reed: A Life

Rolling Stone contributing editor DeCurtis got closer to Reed than any other journalist, developing a friendship he mines for this gripping bio, which tells the story behind every one of Reed’s albums and doesn’t skimp on the details of his titanic temper and bouts of unforgivable cruelty to those closest to him.

Rolling Stone 10 best music books 2017

Runnin’ With the Devil

Van Halen’s manager from 1978 to 1985 takes us on a
guided tour
of the backstage debauchery he witnessed during the band’s peak –
from homemade sex films with groupies to a food fight near Journey that left
Steve Perry covered in guacamole, softly crying to himself in the bathroom.

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