Biographies, nonfiction, memoirs, and fiction about musicians and the music industry.
In unsurprisingly poetic prose, both beautiful and personal, Patti Smith recounts memories plucked from various adventures in her life, from visiting a South American prison with her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith, to surveying a Coney Island devastated by a storm, to holing up in a European hotel to binge-watch detective shows.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is well-known as the godmother of rock 'n roll who mixed religious and secular styles which angered gospel singers in more conservative churches. In the 1920s she sang at The Cotton Club and Café Society. Despite the efforts of singers like Eric Clapton, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash, she has yet to be inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. Here are some examples of her style from YouTube:
"That's All!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?
"Precious Memories" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BnIiXYz8oo
The Southern California punk scene gets the Please Kill Me treatment in this oral history, which covers the rise of notable and notorious L.A. acts like The Germs, X, Los Lobos, and The Runaways.
Pattie Boyd, one-time model, wife of George Harrison then wife of Eric Clapton, reveals what life was really like during the swinging music scene of the 1960s and beyond. As a muse to both Harrison and Clapton, Pattie Boyd was the inspiration for "Something" and for "Layla" which became all-time classics.