Rocking Good Reads; Music Books Aren't Just All about Sex and Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll. Emily Lambert Picks Those Currently Soundtracking Her Life

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Rocking Good Reads; Music Books Aren't Just All about Sex and Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll. Emily Lambert Picks Those Currently Soundtracking Her Life


Byline: Emily Lambert

No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan by Robert Shelton (Omnibus Press, pounds 19.95) Robert Shelton met Bob Dylan when the young singer arrived in New York, and became his friend, champion, and critic. Of more than a thousand books published about Bob Dylan it is only this one that has been written with the Dylan''s active co-operation. Dylan gave Shelton access to his parents, childhood friends and Suze Rotolo, the muse immortalised on the cover of Freewheelin''. This new edition, published to coincide with Dylan''s 70th birthday, includes key images of Dylan throughout his incredible, enduring career, updated footnotes, bibliography, and discography.

The Classic FM Hall of Fame by Darren Henley, Sam Jackson and Tim Lihoreau (Elliott & Thompson, pounds 25) This is a collection of the 300 most popular pieces of classical music, as voted for by the Classic FM listeners. Including the history behind both the composer and the composition, it's the definitive guide to some of the best classical music ever recorded.

BBC Proms Guide 2011 by BBC Books, pounds 6 This is the official, fully illustrated guide to the BBC Proms 2011 - with complete listings, booking information and exclusive articles on the season''s highlights, anniversary composers, and other Proms events, including Proms in the Park. It includes a free wallchart to help plan your summer. Reelin' in the Years: The Soundtrack of a Northern Life by Mark Radcliffe (Simon & Schuster, pounds 12.99) In this, his eagerly awaited new book, Mark Radcliffe takes a record from each year of his life, using the song as a starting point from which to pull together a wonderfully entertaining catalogue of memories of British culture. And, as one would expect from this unique and popular broadcaster, the tunes he lists are not the usual suspects. From The Kinks'' See My Friends, through Slade's Coz I Luv You to Kraftwerk's Europe Endless, Mark's selections bring forth a diverse collision of styles from eras uniquely defined by their musical genres and fashions. We see the inclusion of artists such as Richard Hawley, Elbow and Fleet Foxes. Mark's hugely entertaining and affectionate trawl through his favourite music of the past 50 years is guaranteed to surprise and delight his many fans.

No Off Switch by Andy Kershaw (Serpent's Tail, pounds 18.99) One year Andy Kershaw was Billy Bragg's roadie, the next he was presenting Live Aid on TV to 400 million people: the new voice of youth. A passionate enthusiast for music, he is a man with an obsessive curiosity about the world. Over a 25-year career, he has worked for the Rolling Stones, shared an office with John Peel, and introduced world and roots Music to Radio 1 (and later Radio 3). He has won more Sony Radio awards than any other broadcaster. Andy Kershaw writes about his life with candour, insight, immediacy and humour. This is a real book by a man who has no truck with celebrity nonsense.

Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Bittersweet Story of 1970 by David Browne (De Capo Press, pounds 16.99) Fire and Rain tells the stories of four classic albums of 1970 - The Beatles'' Let It Be, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young''s Deja vu, James Taylor''s Sweet Baby James, Simon & Garfunkel''s Bridge Over Troubled Water - the musicians who made them, the songs they created, and how the tumultuous cultural shifts of that pivotal year are reflected in the music. …

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