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10 books for 10 different music fans

CindyC By CindyC Published on December 1, 2015

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For the MJ fan

Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson

A real page turner. Rather than focusing on the scandals and drama, this book provides an in­ depth look into the creative process behind the most iconic albums ever produced, such as Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and Off the Wall.

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For the classic rock fan

Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin: Interviews and Encounters

There is no lack of biographies on the infamous Led Zeppelin. But this book is different, as it is their own words. An insightful and funny book (British humour galore!) that separates the truth from the rumors.

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For the glam metal (and any music) fan

The Dirt

Whether you like Motley Crue or not, this book is a must­read, if anything to understand how the 4 band members are still alive! A real glimpse into the drugs, sex and rock and roll lifestyle.

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For the Jazz fan

Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong

An insightful look into New Orleans in 1920’s and growing up poor during that era, in the words of no other than Louis Armstrong. His colorful personality is felt throughout this book. You can almost hear the music.

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For the Hip Hop fan

Jay­Z Decoded

Rap fan or not, this book speaks many universal truths that anyone can relate to. Jay­Z “decodes” his songs, and their lyrics. But even more so, Jay­Z decodes multiple issues such as drug culture, the music industry, as well as rap itself.

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For the classical music fan

The Essential Canon of Classical Music’ by David Dubal

It is one thing to listen classical music. It is another to read about the composers’ intentions and the everlasting emotions they wished to convey through their classics. An accessible book for anyone with an interest in classical music.

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For the feminist music fan

The Lady Sings the Blues

Billie Holiday had one of the most recognizable and soulful voices of history. Although behind that legendary voice was a tale of sorrow and addiction. Her story, as told by herself, is anything but sugar­coated.

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For the music intellectual

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

An approachable look into the brain from a neurological perspective with personal anecdotes from Oliver Saks, and how music changed his life after his stroke, and the lives of so many others affected by neurological diseases.

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For the Music Video Fan

I Want My MTV

Beyond the story of how MTV came to be, this very uncensored book retells hilarious stories with some of the top artists of the times (Van Halen, Mick Jagger, Madonna) and includes many personal stories and interviews. It’s like being on set.

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For the Madonna fan

Madonna: Ambition. Music. Style

A picture is worth a thousand words. And this illustrated book tells the story of the top­selling female artist of all time. There simply are no words.

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