Category Archives: Rock Reads

Essential Rock Reads – Exposing the myths – the USA and The Blues

Two books in one post this time – the first “More Miles Than Money” by Garth Cartwright is an account of his travels through the continent looking for the real thing – music made for more than just profit and … Continue reading

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No Sleep Till Canvey Island – The Great Pub Rock Revolution by Will Birch

The next (5th?) in my (overdue) series of essential rock reads, this tome – originally published in 2000 (and my copy is now yellowing alarmingly) tackles the (then underrated if not ridiculed) Pub Rock scene of the early to mid … Continue reading

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Dazzling Stranger – Bert Jansch and the British Folk Revival – Colin Harper

The next in my brief seres of 10 essential rock reads, don’t be put off by the word “folk” in the title. Bert was/is undpubtedly a hugh influence in rock circles, Neil Young, Johnny Marr, Jimmy Page et al all … Continue reading

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A Dysfunctional Success – The Wreckless Eric Manual – Eric Goulden

The third in my occasional series of essential Rock Reads, this is a rip-roaring rampage through the early existence of one of punk’s more iconoclastic sons, a warts and all tale of Eric’s life, from his earliest memories, through school, … Continue reading

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Tunesmith – Inside The Art Of Songwriting – Jimmy Webb

Last time my essential Rock Read was about the birth of the form, this time the craftsmanship which underlies the seemingly effortlessness of songwriting. Jimmy Webb (and to be fair his songs never sound effortless!) has written a huge number … Continue reading

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17 Watts? -The Birth of British Rock Guitar – Mo Foster

The first of a short series (10) of what I consider to be essential rock reads, the first one is a real cracker! Those kicking around the 70’s 80’s scene will be well aware of Mo Foster, Bass player to … Continue reading

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