Music books

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  • 11 November 2006

Gorillaz - Rise of the Ogre (Penguin Michael Joseph) The actual autobiography of a fictional band should be pretty hot stuff, but despite the claims, Murdoc and pals end up duetting with Madge, sipping champagne and generally being bling in a cartoony way. A visually stimulating read anyway.

Nik Cohn - Triksta (Vintage) Subtitled ‘Life and Death and New Orleans Rap’ Cohn throws himself into the virulent world of Southern hip hop with tragic, poignant results.

Martin Kielty - Big Noise: The Sound of Scotland (Black & White) An enthusiastic, blunt, straight from the horse’s mouth history of Scot’s music, shying away from the oft-lauded indie kids and focussing on home-grown rock like Alex Harvey and beyond.

Alex Kapranos - Sound Bites (Penguin/ Fig Tree) Franz frontman pontificates over music and food in this, the collecting of his columns for the Guardian.

Jeremy Simmonds - Number One in Heaven (Penguin) A truly weird one this, an encyclopaedia of rock’n’roll’s dead, from Hendrix and Cass to Wendy Williams of the Plasmatics and Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple. Odd but compelling on-the-toilet kind of read.

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