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.
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 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 .
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 Is that simply me being weird and outdated?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 . 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 )
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.