I re-read ‘Rip It Up and Start Again’ recently. It’s a fucking phenomenal piece of work. The research involved is so deep and the style of writing so accessible that the subject matter’s almost irrelevant. As it goes a lot of the bands are ones i like, but it could’ve been about any genre of music and still be as essential a read, i’d say.
I guess i’m looking for more music books like that - sort of deep, clearly well-written, chaptered books about periods or genres of music. When i’ve investigated lists of recommended music reading before they tend to be mainly wanky coffee table stuff, or ones about a sole band or artist.
Could anyone suggest any books which might be of interest?