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I love this series. I've been reading/collecting on and off for probably about 10 years now, though I haven't kept up with some of the releases in the last 3 or 4 years. Some of my favourites are ones where I don't really care for the album/band, but the story behind the music is really interesting. My favourites from the series: Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane... Nick Drake - Pink Moon Celine Dion - Let's Talk About Love (essential reading, as crazy as it sounds) Beach Boys - Pet Sounds The only one I really hated was Colin Meloy's Replacements - Let It Be. I didn't mind the fiction aspect, but the book was just not really all that interesting or impressive. Has anyone else read some of these? Any recommendations based on interesting story or quality writing, regardless of the album?
I just responded in the thread about the new book from John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats). I'm a pretty avid reader in general, and I am always curious to see how musicians can take their songwriting craft into writing a book (that is not specifically about being a musician). Here's my brief list of books I've read by people who are otherwise musicians. For now, it's predominantly fiction, but please add your own (and your thoughts about the books if you'd like). Josh Ritter - Bright's Passage (love the songwriter, book was very beautifully written, but a bit boring) John Darnielle [Mountain Goats] - Wolf In White Van (great read - fits in with his oeuvre of music, as well as standing out on its own) Joe Pernice [Pernice Brothers, Scud Mountain Boys] - It Feels So Good When I Stop (loved this book; seems a bit overwritten at times, but well structured and enjoyable) Frank Portman [a.k.a. Dr. Frank of Mr. T Experience] - King Dork (hilarious and engaging book for young adults; relive your awkward teenage experience including making up as many bands with friends as possible) Colin Meloy [Decemberists] - Let It Be by the Replacements (33 1/3 series) (by far the worst book I've read in the 33 1/3 series; self-indulgent and poorly written) Dave Bidini [Rheostatics] - On a Cold Road / Writing Gordon Lightfoot (I like his non-fiction writing more than his music; a really talented writer) I'm sure there are a whole lot more. What have you read?