Five new music books
Rob Jovanovic - The Velvet Underground Unpeeled
Some bands just refuse to go away and the Reed/Cale combo is one such example. This is the first full biog for two decades and is based on exclusive chats with the surviving members. Aurum.
Rob Young - Electric Eden
Billed as an accessible survey of the ‘visionary, topographic and esoteric influences that have the driven the margins of British folk music’, it features the diverse likes of Holst, Nick Drake and Aphex Twin. Faber.
John Szwed - The Man Who Recorded the World
This is the story of Alan Lomax who spent years travelling the US with a tape recorder and capturing its heritage of music and song from the likes of Muddy Waters and Jelly Roll Morton. Heinemann.
John Powell - How Music Works
This book’s subtitle pretty much sums the whole thing up: ‘A Listener’s Guide to Harmony, Keys, Broken Chords, Perfect Pitch and the Secrets of a Good Tune’. Particular.
Chris Campion - Walking on the Moon
‘The Untold Story of the Police’ for those who still care about such matters. Aurum.