This meetup is for anyone interested in reading non-fiction about music, including biography, history and memoir, featuring genres such as American Songbook, Blues, Classical, Folk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Rock-and-Roll.
Meetings will include Reader’s Choice events in which you may read any book you like to fit a given theme. We will meet on the last Sunday of the month at a Manhattan location. Join us!
For this meetup, please read a book (fiction or non-fiction) in which music and the 1970s are important to the story. Below is a list of suggested titles, though you are free to read whatever you like. Hope to see you there!
Blondie’s Parallel Lines, by Kembrew McCleod (2016). “This 1978 album evokes the parallel development of punk and disco – along with the band’s eventual crossover into the mainstream.”
Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen (2016). “Springsteen’s memoir is a philosophically rich ramble through a rock ‘n roll life.”
Le Freak, by Nile Rodgers (2012). “Named one of the best rock memoirs of all time by ROLLING STONE, Rodgers’ memoir is rollicking journey from Chic to Daft Punk.”
Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, by George Grella (2015). “Working with his essential producer, Teo Macero, Davis set a cauldron of ideas loose while the tapes rolled…”
Paul Simon: The Life, by Robert Hilburn (2018). “A sharply detailed Kodachrome of a brilliant musician.”
Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco, by Peter Shapiro (2005). “A thoughtful exploration of the predominant musical form of the 1970s – and the culture that created it.”
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