These are a few of the books that caught me attention in 2011
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum
A long time ago the “M” in MTV used to stand for Music. This book interviews all the players that were there when acting like pretty boys could make you an instant star or acting like a pretty boy could ruin your rock and rock cred and career instantly, video killed the radio star indeed. A great read for those that remember or for those that ever wondered what went on during that period when a TV network changed the music industry.
Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness by Neil Strauss
Neil Strauss, contributing editor to Rolling Stone shares his most intimate moments with rock royalty. Here are the bullet points from the Amazon page.
- Makes Lady Gaga cry, tries to keep MÖtley CrÜe out of jail & gets kidnapped by Courtney Love
- Shoots guns with Ludacris, takes a ride with Neil Young & goes to church with Tom Cruise and his mother
- Spends the night with Trent Reznor, reads the mind of Britney Spears & finds religion with Stephen Colbert
- Gets picked on by Led Zeppelin, threatened by the mafia & serenaded by Leonard Cohen
- Picks up psychic clues with the CIA, diapers with Snoop Dog & prison survival tips from Rick James
- Goes drinking with Bruce Springsteen, dining with Gwen Stefani & hot tubbing with Marilyn Manson
- Talks glam with David Bowie, drugs with Madonna, death with Johnny Cash & sex with Chuck Berry
- Gets molested by the Strokes, in trouble with Prince & in bed with… you’ll find out who inside
A fun read for any music fan.
Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 by David Browne
I wrote about this earlier but it is easily my favorite book of the year, even if that year happened to by 1970. David Browne perfectly captures the time between Woodstock and Nixon resigning and ties it all together beautifully thanks to four records that came out that year. The Beatles “Let It Be”, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James” and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Deja Vu’. A great read that feels like you’re actually a fly on the wall during this turbulent time in our nation’s history.