Book recommendations

The other day I came across Neil Young’s book about making the Pono in a thread about his music being removed from Tidal. I read the preview and it tickled my fancy enough to get it.

It then struck me that there is probably a great wealth of knowledge lurking on these forms and in addition to people recommending albums, speakers or dubious cables then why not audio/music related books.

Feel the music

Works as it’s both partially by a musician and appeals to the audiophile as it delves into technical details.

Ideally books would hit both marks, but only one of the two would doubtless work for many.


I like this idea but this book hits neither mark, very good read though. It’s Bass Culture: when reggae was king by Lloyd Bradley. More history book.

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That works, about music / by a musician about music is really what I meant.

Will check it out, it’s basically an extension of enjoying liner notes. Getting more context about the music.

I find with most things in life, the more you know about them the more you can appreciate them.


Great idea.

Just getting through this book about Blue Note Records.


That looks great, not quite music history but still in the realm of increasing ones appreciating of music I am now reading Floyd Toole’s book, Sound reproduction. It is heavy on the science / graphs but well written enough to be enjoyable to read. I couldn’t sleep one night and thought it would do the trick to lull me to bed, but was up for a good hour and half reading before I thought putting the book down and trying to sleep might be a better avenue.



A history of Western music by Donald Jay Grout

Started reading The Rest Is Noise, enjoying it it thus far and it reminded me of the Teaching Company course I listened to years ago by Robert Greenberg, how to listen to and understand great music.

I don’t see the point of a video, but below is the new version, I think one can find the audio only version elsewhere. I doubt there is any reason to go for the newer vs original.

For anyone that feels like they don’t know enough about chamber music and always wanted to know more I can highly recommend both.


Finished this graphic novel during our first lock down here. A brief history of electronic music.

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I am reading Pizza - Beastie Boys.
It’s as eclectic as their music. Love it so far.


@sbr Great topic! Thank you starting this thread.

Here are two of my favorites:

From the rock music world:

Truly a classic in the field.

From the world of jazz:

Hands down the best musician biography I have ever read. Very worthwhile.


A paltry few music themed book are sitting at the end of a shelve, not far from my usual Roon-in-den listening position. But would be lying if I claimed to have picked them up more than once, after a first read. All good though, but the bundle of interviews with Johan Cruyff (in Dutch) by Barend & Van Dorp next to them is for me the even better read while having some music on :grinning:.

But these two below I pick up more often, if only to provide a bit of context off-screen. Is that simply me being weird and outdated? Most likely at least the latter, just checked the publishing date on the rough guide and it is 1996 :astonished:. How? When did I blink? A treasured little possession regardless!

(The eagle-eyed may spot the ‘sold my soal’ coaster which came with vinyl - Cut Worms, Nobody Lives here anymore - that arrived today; a purchase on Bandcamp dating back to August last year but caught in the international post. Just to convince myself I am still current :rofl:)


Currently reading this -

David Stubbs
Future Days - Krautrock and the building of modern Germany
ISBN 978-0-571-34663-9
Faber & Faber


Just noted @sbr that you already posted a link to The Rest is Noise, which lingers on my desk, a few posts up :+1: clearly a classic! And :-1: for myself on originality :wink:

Sadly, am only ~100 pages in, someone else on here (different thread) pointed out that there is a book version of Robert Greenbergs’ “How to and understand great music”. And while I have listened to the course, I thought perhaps that book would have more detail and it was best t refresh on 1600-1900 before properly tackling 1900-2000.


Another one I finished a while back.


This is a good read, as much about the band’s antics as their music.

It’s written by a family friend but I’m not apologising for the plug. Good review in the Guardian as well.

The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo

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A good read for fans of Brandi Carlile, with lots of insight into her music as well as her personal journey.

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