Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lisa's Library--Books I Recommend

Hotel California by Barney Hoskyns.
The True-life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Nash Young, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, David Geffen, the Eagles, and Their Many Friends. This book takes a look at the folk-rock scene of the late 60s-early 70s and how these musicians collaborated with each other to heighten their careers and produce some of the greatest music ever made. **** (4 stars)

Ronnie Wood Autobiography.
Ron Wood tells his story of growing up in an artistic and musical house in England and rising to fame with the groups The Faces, Jeff Beck Group, and the Rolling Stones. **** (4 stars)

Pattie Boyd Autobiography.
“Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me.” Pattie tells the stories of what it was like to be married to the most successful rock-stars of the 1960s and 70s and how in some ways it destroyed her. She talks in detail about the songs and the culture of one of the most exciting eras in music history. **** (4 stars)

Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents by Mikal Gilmore.
A collection of stories about people who defined the 1960s—musically, socially, politically, culturally. Features the stories of Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Phil Ochs, Hunter S. Thompson, Jim Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen. It is an interesting and thoughtful examination of life and death. **** (4 stars)

Motley Crue Autobiography.
“The Dirt: Confessions of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.” Mick, Tommy, Nikki, and Vince recall their wild and crazy adventures from starting as a band in LA to where they are today. Leaves you feeling disturbed yet laughing. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll! *** (3 stars)

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