The September issue of VIBE magazine (the one with Barack on the cover) includes a feature called “Get Your Paper Up”, in which they select the best 8 music books. One of them is Douglas Wolk’s Live at the Apollo book, about which this is said:
A detailed chronicle of what is arguably the greatest live album of all time. Wolk shrewdly frames Brown’s 1962 Apollo performance against the tense backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis – many in the audience feared they had less than 10 days to live.
The other books included in the feature are:
Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix, by Charles R. Cross
I, Tina, by Tina Turner with Kurt Loder
Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, by David Ritz
ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists, by Jenkins, Wilson, et al
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, by Jeff Chang
Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom, by Peter Guralnick
Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America, by Greg Tate
One Thought to “VIBE magazine’s 8 favourite music books”
Wow, that’s esteemed company, especially for a new book. The Tate book is very good – I got it back when it came out in the early 90s. It’s out of print, but well worth hunting down.