Best Non Fiction About Music
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197 So You Wanna Be a Rock & Ro...
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197 Beneath the Underdog
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197 Divided Soul: The Life Of M...
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197 Meetings with Morrissey
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197 Last Night a DJ Saved My Li...
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197 Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom:...
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207 Music, the Brain, and Ecsta...
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207 The Pitchfork 500: Our Guid...
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207 Wilco: Learning How to Die
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207 The Fallen: Searching for t...
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207 The Big Payback
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207 The Heroin Diaries: A Year ...
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213 To Be or Not to Bop
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213 Guns, Cash and Rock 'n' Rol...
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213 The Birth of Tragedy/The Ca...
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216 Kind Of Blue: The Making Of...
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216 Swedish Death Metal
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216 Pink Noises: Women on Elect...
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216 Will You Miss Me When I'm G...
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216 Rock She Wrote: Women Write...
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216 Bubblegum Music is the Nake...
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216 Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ell...
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216 Mo' Meta Blues: The World A...
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224 Improvisation: Its Nature A...
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224 Wishing on the Moon: The Li...
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224 No Depression: An Introduct...
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224 Hit Me, Fred: Recollections...
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228 Turn the Beat Around: The S...
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228 Blues From The Delta
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228 A Cure For Gravity: A Music...
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228 Mozart: A Life in Letters
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232 Visions of Jazz: The First ...
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232 Our Noise: The Story of Mer...
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234 Transformer: The Lou Reed S...
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234 Innocent When You Dream: Th...
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234 Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett ...
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234 The Wrecking Crew: The Insi...
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238 Jazz In The Bittersweet Blu...
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239 Live Through This: American...
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239 Sound of the Beast: The Com...
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239 Searching for the Sound: My...
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239 Heroes of Blues, Jazz, and ...
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239 Tropical Truth: A Story Of ...
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244 The Day John Met Paul: An H...
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244 Backstage Passes & Backstab...
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246 The World in Six Songs: How...
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247 Music: An Illustrated Encyc...
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247 Ranters and Crowd Pleasers:...
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249 Most People I Know
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250 Exit Music: The Radiohead S...
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250 Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of ...
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252 Let's Spend the Night Toget...
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253 X-Ray: The Unauthorized Aut...
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254 Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings
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254 Nothing Feels Good: Punk Ro...
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254 The World That Made New Orl...
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254 Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Li...
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254 Whores: An Oral Biography o...
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259 The Sell-in
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259 This is Hawkwind: Do Not Panic
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259 Fire and Rain: The Beatles,...
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262 Stranded: Rock and Roll for...
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262 Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs...
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264 Waiting for the Sun: Strang...
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264 The Lizard King: The Essent...
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266 Dance Of The Infidels: A Po...
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266 Courtney Love: The Real Story
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266 Gimme Something Better: The...
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269 Great Pop Things: The Real ...
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269 How Can I Keep from Singing...
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271 Pogue Mahone Kiss My Arse: ...
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271 Rythm Oil: A Journey Throug...
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273 Searching for Robert Johnso...
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273 Hilary and Jackie
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275 The Heart Of Rock & Soul: T...
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275 Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Sto...
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277 The Mansion on the Hill: Dy...
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277 Feel Like Going Home: Portr...
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279 The Book of Rock Lists
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280 The Clash: Strummer, Jones,...
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281 Been Down So Long it Looks ...
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281 Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed
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283 The Love You Make: An Insid...
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284 Acoustic Guitars: The Illus...
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285 How the Beatles Destroyed R...
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286 New York Dolls: Photographs...
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287 Catch a Fire: The Life of B...
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288 Bill Graham Presents: My Li...
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289 Main Lines, Blood Feasts, a...
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290 Tommyland
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291 Fab: An Intimate Life of Pa...
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292 Rod: The Autobiography
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293 Rolling with the Stones
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294 The Story of The Eagles: Th...
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295 Down the Highway: The Life ...
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296 Marillion/Separated Out: Th...
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296 Once Upon a Nightwish: The ...
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296 You Can't Always Get What Y...
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296 Remembering Bix: A Memoir O...
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296 The Score: Interviews with ...
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Comments (showing 1-11 of 11) (11 new)

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message 1: by Jerry (new)

Jerry Zike Unfortunately, I can not vote for any of the selections, having read none of them. The closest experience I have is reading (and re-reading) "I Me Mine", a collection of interviews, conversations, and memories, of and by George Harrison. This collection, which includes lyrics and discussions, gives insight into the spirit that moved within George, and helps explain his enormous impact upon me and countless others. I highly recommend this collection.


message 2: by Julie (new)

Julie Isen I really think "Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life" by John Sellers should be on this list. I would have voted for that one.


message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Julie wrote: "I really think "Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life" by John Sellers should be on this list. I would have voted for that one."

Julie, this is a year after you posted, but FYI you can add any book you want to the list.


message 5: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I don't believe that I've read any of the books on this list. But I'm a big fan of the 1001 series.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Deleted High Fidelity: fiction. (Maybe to a certain extent a roman à clef, but nevertheless a novel.)


message 10: by Emily (new)

Emily I'm looking for a book my friend read, please help! It's about the life of a roadie who works for an American band in about the 2000s or 90s. Can't remember the band or the author!


message 11: by Connie (new)

Connie Emily wrote: "I'm looking for a book my friend read, please help! It's about the life of a roadie who works for an American band in about the 2000s or 90s. Can't remember the band or the author!"

Look in Amazon under Books and type in the words "band" and "roadie" in the Search area. A bunch of books will show up that may be what you are looking for. Good luck!


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