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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

2016's Best Music Books, Sort Of

Could not agree more with Tamara's choice as one on the list. And one can never get enough of Murray, 

Thanks for the thoughtful list Henry...I wasn't familiar with Murray's novel...I will have to seek that out, as well as his latest writing...I would say "Delta Lady" is a really well done book...I have the Springsteen but haven't read it yet...been debating on Robbie Robertson, though I am sure it is well done...

Thank you, Henry. Tamara's book is by far my personal favorite music read this year. Mikal Gilmore mentioned History of Rock and Roll Vl One on his Facebook wall....good recomendation. I appreciate seeing my friend, Paul Zollo's book on the honorable mentions..

Terry, I have to tell you I love the Zollo books...just got them both...how I missed something like that is beyond me but I did...reading the first one right now...great stuff at getting to the Crux of how songwriting happens...

Glad you like them....I didn't know about them until we became friends. He's well-loved for his interviewing skills. He's got one whole book on Tom Petty. Also a very talented songwriter himself.

I picked up Springsteen's book. It is interesting if you are a fan but after reading it I understand why ghostwriters exist. And the disc (that doesn't come with the book)?  The unreleased tracks are one listen tunes-at best. Luckily I found the CD on the new release shelf of the Durham Public Library.

 You sure missed some of my favorite books this year...Michael Bloomfield, the Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero, by Ed Ward, Slim Harpo, Blues KingBee Of Baton Rouge, by Martin Hawkins, Small Town Talk by Barney Hoskyns, and finally, Way Down In Louisiana, Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop, by Todd Mouton.

This book:"Elijah Wald and Bernard McMahon, American Epic: When Music Gave America Her Voice (Touchstone)" won't be published until May 2017 as the PBS show got bumped until at least JUNE 2017,

 

Another 'vote' for Barney Hoskyn's 'Small Town Talk'. No page turner, but a fine slice of history, with some great first hand quotes and anecdotes. 

Love your column, Henry, despite the damage it does to my credit card.