JamBase 2012 Book Guide for Music Lovers

JamBase 2012 Book Guid for Music Nerds
"Music Nerd." - Yah, we know. It's a bit redundant.

While compiling this year's list of gifts we'd love to get, it became instantly obvious that we'd have to create a separate article to house our ecommendations for books about music. Just narrowing it down to 10 has been a challenge! We kicked it off with an obvious release this year by the musical magician Mr. David Byrne entitled How Music Works - and it remains a top pick on all the staffs wish lists. Now, in no particular order, here are 10 more titles to convince your music loving pals that you didn't really wait until the last minute to pick out their present... Your secret is safe with us.
Just Kids by Patti Smith >>
Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous—the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years. Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.
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JamBase 2012 Book Guid for Music Nerds
<< Music Listography: Your Life in (Play)Lists by Lisa Nola >>
Loaded with a lovin' spoonful of music-inspired list topics ranging from traditional (top 20 favorite albums) to eclectic (favorite danceparty playlist) to downright experimental (concerts you wish you could time travel back to), this journal gives music lovers a backstage pass to hours of list-making fun. They'll record every detail about their exotic taste in tunes and epic music collection with this chronicle of playlist prompts. Created by Lisa Nola with inspiring, offbeat illustrations by Michael Gillette, Music Listography lets you dish on the discography that gets your toe tapping in simple straightforward lists. Challenge your friend to describe the soundtrack to their life by scribbling down their favorite bands, music videos, personal theme songs, and travel tunes - not to mention their all-time most loved holiday, live, and one-hit albums! It's also a great conversation promter if you're worried about the commitment. They can break this book out during a gathering and entertain the crowd revealing guilty pleasures and go-to duets!
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JamBase 2012 Book Guid for Music Nerds
<< Song Reader by Beck >>
In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest project comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case, Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together. The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” bringing them to life depends on the reader. Featuring original art from Marcel Dzama (who created the imagery for Beck’s acclaimed Guero), Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, and many more. Including an introduction by Jody Rosen (Slate, the New York Times) and a preface by Beck. Readers’ (and select musicians’) renditions of the songs will be featured on the McSweeney’s website.
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<< The Indie Rock Poster Book by Yellow Bird Project >>
From the makers of the popular Indie Rock Coloring Book, this poster book is a colorful celebration of indie rock music and art. Showcasing original artwork by thirty of today's cutting-edge illustrators including Mike Perry, Deanne Cheuk, Jeremyville, Andy J. Miller and more, this poster collection is inspired by classic indie rock songs of each artist's choosing. Featuring such favorite indie rock acts as the Bon Iver, Devendra Banhart, and Iron & Wine, this book is a must-have for indie art and music fans. Plus, it's all for a good cause: royalties go to the host of admirable charities supported by Yellow Bird Project. Printed in full color on high-quality cardstock, this collection can be enjoyed as a book or as individual pieces. The book includes 30 removable and ready-to-frame prints. The reverse side of each 11 x 14-inch print includes commentary regarding the illustrator’s artistic process and the rational behind what inspired them to create their piece.
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<< The Book of Drugs by Mike Doughty >>
From Sniffing Dope in the basement of Great American Music Hall with Jeff Buckley to walking in on a bare-assed Method Man, this "brutally honest memoir of addiction and recovery by MikeDoughty, the world-renowned solo artist and former lead singer and songwriter of Soul Coughing" has got something for everyone.

Mike Doughty first came to prominence as the leader of the band Soul Coughing then did an abrupt sonic left turn, much to the surprise of his audience, transforming into a solo performer of stark, dusky, but strangely hopeful tunes. He battled addiction, gave up fame when his old band was at the height of its popularity, drove thousands of miles, alone, across America, with just an acoustic guitar. His candid, hilarious, self-lacerating memoir, The Book of Drugs—featuring cameos by Redman, Ani DiFranco, the late Jeff Buckley, and others—is the story of his band’s rise and bitter collapse, the haunted and darkly comical life of addiction, and the perhaps even weirder world of recovery.

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<< Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks >>
Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat.  But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does—humans are a musical species.

Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia.

Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and Oliver Sacks tells us why.
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JamBase 2012 Book Guid for Music Nerds
<< Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young >>
For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario; struggling to pay rent during his early days with the Squires; traveling the Canadian prairies in Mort, his 1948 Buick hearse; leaving Canada on a whim in 1966 to pursue his musical dreams in the pot-filled boulevards and communal canyons of Los Angeles; the brief but influential life of Buffalo Springfield. He recounts their rapid rise to fame and ultimate break-up; overcoming his fear of singing alone; forming Crazy Horse and writing “Cinnamon Girl,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” and “Down by the River” in one day while sick with the flu; joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, recording the landmark CSNY album, Déjà vu, and writing the song, “Ohio;” life at his secluded ranch in the redwoods of Northern California and the pot-filled jam sessions there; falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children; and finally, finding the contemplative paradise of Hawaii. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young’s journey as only he can tell it.
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<< What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland >>
An oldie but a goodie, Aaron Copland wrote What To Listen For In Music in 1957 and it has not lost relevance. This is a reprint of the enormously popular guide to music. In large measure, the book owes its success to its simple, jargon-free language and engaging style. In this fascinating analysis of how to listen to music intelligently, Aaron Copland raises two basic questions: Are you hearing everything that is going on? Are you really being sensitive to it? If you cannot answer yes to both questions, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Whether you listen to Mozart or Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland's provocative suggestions for listening to music from his point of view will bring you a deeper appreciation of the most rewarding of all art forms. This classic work, the only book of its kind written by an eminent American composer, features: - Chapters on contemporary music and film music - Recommended recordings for each chapter - A selected list of books for further reading and reference In this edition, leading music critic Alan Rich continues Copland's discussion of contemporary music for today's listeners and traces the composer's success in bringing music lovers "closer to the magical mysteries of the music we can hear and want to hear better.
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<< I Want My MTV by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks >>
Remember When All You Wanted Was Your MTV?

It was a pretty radical idea-a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined.

I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties. From its start in 1981 with a small cache of videos by mostly unknown British new wave acts to the launch of the reality-television craze withThe Real World in 1992, MTV grew into a tastemaker, a career maker, and a mammoth business. 
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<< Notations 21 by Theresa Sauer and Mike Perry >>
If you've made it this far and still haven't found the perfect gift, all we can say is "Wow. You've got a real nerd on your hands..." May we present you with Notations 21.
In 1969, composer, philosopher and musical innovator John Cage compiled examples of music by composers of his time: Milton Babbitt, Leonard Bernstein, George Crumb, Luc Ferrari, Igor Stravinsky and the Beatles among many others. They were presented at random, with guidance only from the I Ching with only a few words of description.

Notations 21 is a modern compendium and anthology, deriving its inspiration from Cage's seminal work, Notations, Something Else Press (1969). Thousands of new composers are creating scores that are graphic in nature, liberated from the traditional staff and clef, and rival the best visual art in their aesthetic value. The modern music world did not cease its innovations in the 1960's. It profiles the work of 160+ composers from around the world, each one using a unique or graphical notation style.

Seriously. Just sit back and watch them drool over the musically inspired infographics. It's like music nerd porn.
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