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Old 06-01-2010, 07:48 PM
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Default Re: Reading a good book...

Other than business books, I only really like to read auto biographies of musicians.

I avoid the biographies, because so many are thrown together by wanna-be journalists who just collected interviews and toss it together to sell some copies. I'd rather here it from the actual person. The lone exception was Keith Moon, since he's not really able to write his own book.

The last two books I read were:
Joey Kramer's Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top.
The editor should be shot for how badly it's edited. Cymbal is actually mis-spelled in some spots, as other other musical terms. Every page or two, a sentence is high lighted in big bold type, for no apparent reason. The editor just did a poor, poor job.

As for the writing: A good chunk of the book comes off rather whiny, but the last 1/4 of the book redeems itself and makes it worth having suffered through the first 3/4s of it. I have to give Kramer a lot of credit for laying himself out there like that.

The other book (which I've quoted from here and there over the last few months):
Bumping Into Geniuses by music mogel Danny Goldberg, about his various jobs in the music industry, which included everything from doing PR for Zeppelin, managing Nirvana to being President of major labels for periods of time.

Writing style can be annoying at times, as he has a habit of going off on tangents suddenly in the middle of a story. And I thought he focuses way to much on his time with Nirvana, while only glossing over some of his other accomplishments. But overall, it's really great insight into how the music business worked during the 70's, 80's and into the 90's (and he makes no bones about that fact that it's all different now). His recount of helping make Warren Zevon's last album were particularly touching.
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