For the rest of 2015, we’re talking All Things Music in our book club. So, where better to start with our guest blogs than someone who writes them? Zoë Howe has written for several outlets, then began with music books and biographies, including ones on Florence + the Machine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Slits, Wilko Johnson and the new Lee Brilleaux book out today!
Her books give such an insight into bands and capture them perfectly – like the anarchy that followed The Jesus and Mary Chain around – that it’s always exciting to find there’s another one in the works. But what music book stands out to her?
Choice: Apathy For the Devil – Nick Kent
1. Book/author: Apathy For The Devil – Nick Kent
2. Why you like it: Like it? I treasure it. Nobody writes like Nick Kent any more (except for Nick Kent). He’s legendary for a reason. Colourful, thrilling, hilarious and often dark, Kent was as much of a rock star as the people he was writing about in the NME. When I used to freelance at NME, I used to sneak into the archive room and read his old articles like they were poetry. Apathy For The Devil isn’t just a chronicle of the seamy side of the 1970s, it’s basically a time machine. You might feel like you need to go to a Buddhist retreat after reading this, but it’s worth it.
3. For fans of: rock ’n’ roll, music journalism, memoirs.
4. Describe in 3 words: ROCK AND ROLL.
What are your favourite music books? Tell us about it over on our book club page. Everyone who comments this post with their pick will also be entered to win this bundle of excellent books from Omnibus! What are you waiting for? Go!