Best Non Fiction About Music
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198 The Fallen: Searching for t...
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198 The Big Payback
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198 The Heroin Diaries: A Year ...
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204 To Be or Not to Bop
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204 Guns, Cash and Rock 'n' Rol...
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204 The Birth of Tragedy/The Ca...
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207 Kind Of Blue: The Making Of...
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207 Swedish Death Metal
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207 Pink Noises: Women on Elect...
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207 Will You Miss Me When I'm G...
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207 Rock She Wrote: Women Write...
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207 Bubblegum Music is the Nake...
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207 I'm Your Man: The Life of L...
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207 Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ell...
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207 Mo' Meta Blues: The World A...
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216 Improvisation: Its Nature A...
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216 Wishing on the Moon: The Li...
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216 No Depression: An Introduct...
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216 Hit Me, Fred: Recollections...
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216 Inside Out: A Personal Hist...
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221 Turn the Beat Around: The S...
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221 Blues From The Delta
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221 A Cure For Gravity: A Music...
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221 Mozart: A Life in Letters
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225 Visions of Jazz: The First ...
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225 Our Noise: The Story of Mer...
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227 Transformer: The Lou Reed S...
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227 Innocent When You Dream: Th...
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227 Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett ...
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227 The Wrecking Crew: The Insi...
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231 Jazz In The Bittersweet Blu...
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232 Pearl Jam: Place/Date
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232 Live Through This: American...
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232 Sound of the Beast: The Com...
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232 Searching for the Sound: My...
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232 Like a Rolling Stone: Bob D...
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232 Heroes of Blues, Jazz, and ...
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232 Inventory: 16 Films Featuri...
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232 Lady Sings the Blues
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232 Tropical Truth: A Story Of ...
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241 I Hear You Knockin: The Sou...
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242 Pearl Jam Vs Ames Bros
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242 The Day John Met Paul: An H...
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242 Backstage Passes & Backstab...
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245 The World in Six Songs: How...
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246 Music: An Illustrated Encyc...
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247 Most People I Know
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248 Exit Music: The Radiohead S...
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249 The Trouser Press Record Gu...
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249 Let's Spend the Night Toget...
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251 X-Ray: The Unauthorized Aut...
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252 Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings
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252 Nothing Feels Good: Punk Ro...
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252 The World That Made New Orl...
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252 Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Li...
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252 Whores: An Oral Biography o...
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257 The Sell-in
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257 This is Hawkwind: Do Not Panic
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257 Fire and Rain: The Beatles,...
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260 Stranded: Rock and Roll for...
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261 Waiting for the Sun: Strang...
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261 The Lizard King: The Essent...
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263 Dance Of The Infidels: A Po...
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263 Courtney Love: The Real Story
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263 Gimme Something Better: The...
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266 Great Pop Things: The Real ...
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266 How Can I Keep from Singing...
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268 Pogue Mahone Kiss My Arse: ...
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268 Rythm Oil: A Journey Throug...
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270 Searching for Robert Johnso...
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270 Hilary and Jackie
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272 The Heart Of Rock & Soul: T...
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272 Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Sto...
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274 The Mansion on the Hill: Dy...
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274 Feel Like Going Home: Portr...
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276 The Book of Rock Lists
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277 Been Down So Long it Looks ...
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278 The Love You Make: An Insid...
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279 Acoustic Guitars: The Illus...
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280 How the Beatles Destroyed R...
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281 New York Dolls: Photographs...
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282 Catch a Fire: The Life of B...
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282 Bill Graham Presents: My Li...
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284 Main Lines, Blood Feasts, a...
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285 Tommyland
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286 Johnny Cash: The Life
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287 Fab: An Intimate Life of Pa...
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288 Rod: The Autobiography
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289 Rolling With The Stones
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290 The Story of The Eagles: Th...
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291 Down the Highway: The Life ...
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292 Marillion/Separated Out: Th...
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292 Once Upon a Nightwish: The ...
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292 You Can't Always Get What Y...
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292 Remembering Bix: A Memoir O...
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292 The Score: Interviews with ...
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292 The Inner Voice: The Making...
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292 Roy Orbison: Invention Of A...
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292 Starving the Artist: How th...
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292 Pavarotti Up Close
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Comments (showing 1-9 of 9) (9 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.)


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