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.
A book for every Music Nerd on your list... Keep reading >>

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