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Insightful and often humorous, Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan analyzes a selection of songs from a diverse group of recording artists. Through a series of essays Dylan puts his perspective on the deeper meaning and philosophy of each song’s lyrics and gives some background info on the artists who recorded them. The book also includes an array of eye-catching photographs featuring musical figures from different eras and music genres.
The Lyrics offers insight into Paul McCartney’s songs, his songwriting process, and the stories behind his songs. Personally, as an unabashed Beatles fan I found this book a joy to read. This two book set is loaded with personal reminiscences from McCartney and is filled with photos of his career. This set would make a great gift for any Beatles/McCartney fan.
Everybody Had an Ocean surveys the music scene in California in the mid to late 1960s, a scene which included the Beach Boys, the Mama and the Papas, The Byrds, and others. William McKeen shows how these groups evolved to stardom, charting the Beach Boys evolution as a band, and covers how some of the hit singles of the day came about being made. The included story behind the recording of Barry McGuire’s hit “Eve of Destruction” is possibly worth the price of admission alone for this book. More importantly, McKeen also shows how interconnected many of these musicians were and how that association brought about the introduction of Charles Manson and his “family” into the California music scene and the tragic murders that cast a dark shadow over the late 1960s.
A fascinating journey into the mind of a brilliant jazz musician. Miles Davis’ autobiography, Miles, charts Davis’ life from his early beginnings and early jazz performances into his later 1980s recordings, and everything in between. The book also involves a who’s who of jazz superstars who Davis played with or interacted with throughout his career. Always candid and sometimes controversial, Davis doesn’t shy away from his thoughts on his own music, other musicians, and other aspects of his life. Any fan of Jazz and more specifically a Miles Davis fan, will find something to enjoy here.