Best books about rock music according to redditors

We found 600 Reddit comments discussing the best books about rock music. We ranked the 310 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/Blackbird1013 · 142 pointsr/AskReddit

At the very least, she had something to do with it. If she didn't pull the trigger she knows who did.

EDIT: This is an excellent book on the subject, it turned me into a believer.

u/ohgeetee · 40 pointsr/Music

Story behind this is that the monitors were fucking up throughout the show pretty badly, as was the mixing board, and Kurt smashed the mixing board. Said bouncer was friend of the person who owned the gear, and roughed Kurt up a couple of times before this.

This is purely from memory though, so might be somewhat inaccurate. I believe I read it in Come as you Are

u/greggerypeccary · 23 pointsr/conspiracy

The 1960's "counter-culture" music scene was rife with military brats, you should check out some of Dave McGowan's work on the subject. Intelligence has been recruiting people for roles in popular culture for a long time.

u/Turk_Sanderson · 20 pointsr/Music

That was no rumor it was very much a fact of the case. A lot of people listened to this guy for some reason. One dude who was there with his family just pushed him out of the way and went out that door. IIRC he later suffered from survivors guilt over not getting more people out via that exit.

This book is pretty good since it was written by the lawyer who represented the victims and laid out all of the established facts of the case. The last 50 or so pages gets a little "legalese" but its still a great read just compiling all of the things that went wrong and their origin stories.

For example the brothers who owned the club wanted to play nice with an abutting neighbor who was very much against the club and the nose it generated. He had called in numerous noise complaints over the year to the West Warwick PD. The previous owners had let the brothers know of the problem during the sale.

The solution the owners came up? Well this neighbor happened to be employed by a foam mfg. company so they bought a bunch of low grade foam soundproofing from his company (neighbor I believe got a commission from the sale). They might as well just have filled the walls with full gas tanks since it had the same effect when the pyro hit in the foam.

u/MeatMoll · 15 pointsr/gratefuldead

Story goes Lennon's photographer smuggled it all back to England after Monterey Pop 1967 in his camera lenses and the Owsley goodness fueled the making of the Magical Mystery Tour. Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III is brimming with all these fun Bear facts. I am passively listening to it and just got past the Egypt trip. Wild times.

u/BoCoutinho · 15 pointsr/Whatcouldgowrong

I knew it was a Beatles song, I just didn't know it caused friction. i just finished reading John Lennon: The Life which is brilliant, and that song was mentioned (that john didn't like it), but it was more that everything was strained at that point. I don't know anything about that song, in particular, causing issues.

EDIT: I just googled it and it's reminding me, and you're right. It was Paul recording it on his own, and John felt hurt that he wouldn't include the whole band for it.

u/Cool_Hwip_Luke · 13 pointsr/Guitar

And then there were two.

I highly recommend The Beatles' Complete Recording Sessions. It really details the extent George Martin played as the "fifth" Beatle. Fantastic book.

u/GuyFleegman · 12 pointsr/Music

He used to go out in the woods and scream at the top of his lungs to get his vocal chords used to it. His grandfather's advice IIRC Source

u/[deleted] · 10 pointsr/todayilearned

He was a real dick to Frusciante at times. If you haven't read it I strongly suggest checking out this if you're a fan. It's awesome.

u/imaginarylemons · 10 pointsr/cringe

Exactly!! You should read the John Lennon Letters, it shows a lot of "other" John, a broken, hopeless romantic who has a lot on his mind.

u/DonaldMAGATrump · 8 pointsr/The_Donald

Have you ever read "Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream" by Dave McGowan? It's a must read for everyone to get insight on how these "movements" are created for control. Much like Antifa today. The Hippy movement was a creation of the MK Ultra mind control program....which certainly runs them like cults.

If you haven't read the book yet, I highly recommend it. It's fascinating, especially for those who lived through that period of time.

u/sgt_mustard · 8 pointsr/vinyl

I never want to detract from George Martin's contributions, but I have always been shocked and disappointed at how little credit is given to those Abby Road engineers. Geoff Emerick played such a key role in their music yet remained quiet and modest while virtually no mention is given of him in most Beatle biographies and documentaries.

Finally a few years ago he released an auto-biography a few years ago about being one their sound engineers. It's a great, fascinating read.

EDIT: Abbey Road...damit.

u/Cilicious · 8 pointsr/entertainment

A couple years ago I read this book by a former sound engineer for the Beatles:

Here There and Everywhere

It is the first book in 30 some years which actually provided new information about their musical development as well as insight into the Beatles' relationships and roles in the band.

I am no Beatles scholar but I understand that the breakup was bitter and that these guys were flawed human beings just like the rest of us.

u/kainiac · 8 pointsr/gratefuldead

She's probably referring to The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics

Not that expensive and WELL worth the price, trust me :)

u/jber101 · 7 pointsr/rush

While the accompanying novel wasn't the best literature I've ever read, it was interesting to help bring the story in together.


And Headlong Flight is just awesome. Not sure what's not to get there. :)

u/pina_koala · 6 pointsr/OldSchoolCool

Not a stretch for him to play that character, since he was constantly dealing and hosting parties all night before Anthony had to wake up for school. Source: Kiedis autobiography

u/Jongtr · 6 pointsr/musictheory

The secret to the chord is really George Martin's piano. Most of the wild theories about the chord don't consider the piano (although the link given earlier by GreenGageGenie does). I saw one "scientific" analysis which came out with the most bizarre suggestions of how it was played.

In Dominic Pedler's book he spends an entire chapter (40 pages) on that chord, interviewing various people. He lists a total of 21 guesses from various published sources, all of them different: mostly correct(ish) but clearly going by ear without full analysis or original knowledge.

Randy Bachman's analysis is convincing - he had access to the original tapes and certainly produces a convincing sound - but he has George Harrison playing an almost impossible G-C-F-C-A-G chord. Harrison himself referred to the "F chord with G on top", but he would have meant 1-0-3-2-1-3, the low F played with the thumb. In fact, the audio spectrum supports this - according to the waveform there is no low G and C in the chord at all.

The mystery is about what Lennon played. Bachman identifies his chord as Dsus4, which is consistent with the audio (see below). It seems an odd idea for him to play a different chord from Harrison - and in a live video you see him play the same Fadd9 as Harrison - but Pedler quotes Martin as saying "Lennon hit a chord which to this day I still don't know exactly what the notes were - but it was almost the open strings." That doesn't really equate to the usual Dsus4 - unless perhaps he played the open 3rd: x-0-0-0-3-3 (including that low A) is consistent with the audio waveform.

But Bachman missed the piano. George Martin is on record (presumably unknown to Bachman at that time) as saying that he added piano because the chord needed beefing up. It was the sound that would open the film, not just the single, so needed maximum impact. The song has a double-speed guitar solo, doubled by George Martin, which would explain why piano would be on the same track. Remember they only had 4 tracks to play with in those days.

Martin himself never said (to my knowledge) exactly what notes he played, but Pedler has his own theory: G2-D3-F3-C4-D4. Most of it is the same notes as the guitars, aside from G2 - which is missing from the audio waveform.

Meanwhile, Paul played a D bass which was slighly out of tune (sharp), and resonated loudly at the octave.

Here's the frequency spectrum of the original (from Transcribe). This combines two moments in the chord: red early, blue later, because there is a subtle change in the timbre through the length of the chord. The key to the frequency peaks is as follows:

  1. George Harrison's Fadd9 (main strings F3 A3 C3 G4 in black, octaves F4-A4 in blue. The green arrows point to the likely 6th and 5th strings if he played all six: F2-A2, whose octaves are already on the 4th and 3rd strings of course. The A2 could also be Lennon's 5th string, or George Martin's piano.
  2. Paul McCartney's bass, D2 (slightly sharp). Look how much louder its octave is.
  3. John Lennon's Dsus4 - if indeed that's what he played. The dotted line is the open G string, if he played that.
  4. George Martin's piano, according to Dominic Pedler. Like Bachman, he also hears a low G2. The spectrum disagrees, but the G3 is plainly there - that must be the note they both heard. (Bachman would have assumed that was the octave pair on Harrison's 6th string. He could have made a similar assumption about the 5th string, hearing the C4 octave - which is there.)

    There is of course a whole forest of harmonics there. The bass produces more out-of-tune overtones at A3, D4 and A4, while the in-tune D4 would either be John's supposed 2nd string, or Martin's piano. Notice the complete absence of the G2 and C3 Bachman claimed to have identified - no need for that awkward chord at all! If he did really hear those notes - audio spectra can sometimes mislead - they would be the piano. There are still some little mysteries: what's that blue peak just sharp of F2? (It's blue because it only appears towards the end of the chord.)

    Just imagine what a modern producer would have done with all those pitches... Melodyned them into in-tune blandness?

    EDIT: to complete (or extend) this nerd-fest, for your interest (not to prove anything) here's notation for the above (Martin's piano adjusted to what I think it is, with Lennon doubling Harrison); and here's how it sounds with Sibelius's stock samples, all mixed to the same level (having no idea what the original mix would have been). Obviously the bass is in tune there, and not emphasing its octave. I haven't amended this to include that strange Lennon chord (guessed from Martin's comment). If I can maintaint sufficient interest I may adjust these files accordingly. Don't hold your breath...
u/TripJammer · 6 pointsr/Conservative

Author Dave McGowan wrote a book, Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon, about the nest of creativity that was the rock scene in and around Laurel Canyon in the days of Zappa, The Doors, and Joni Mitchell. Lots of strange occurrences happening in those days, maybe more than mere coincidence can explain. Here's the website

Tons of now-classic rock came from Laurel Canyon, by the way. Even if you think McGowan is a kook, his book is a fascinating read.

u/gaslightlinux · 6 pointsr/conspiracy

You're new here. Welcome, come see how deep the rabbit hole goes ....

u/Cban51 · 6 pointsr/radiohead

This may not be what you're looking for, but my girlfriend gave me this for my birthday, and I love it. I've learned almost every song in there and they sound great. For anyone interested, it contains these songs:

  • Creep
  • Everything in Its Right Place
  • Exit Music (For a Film)
  • Fake Plastic Trees
  • Fog Again
  • High and Dry
  • How I Made My Millions
  • I Want None of This
  • Karma Police
  • Knives Out
  • Last Flowers to the Hospital
  • Life in a Glasshouse
  • Like Spinning Plates
  • Lucky
  • Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • My Iron Lung
  • No Surprises
  • Paranoid Android
  • A Punch Up at a Wedding
  • Pyramid Song
  • Sail to the Moon
  • Sit Down. Stand Up.
  • Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  • Subterranean Homesick Alien
  • Videotape
  • We Suck Young Blood
  • A Wolf at the Door.

    Before I got this though, I would just Google sheet music of the song I wanted and usually could find the first page or so of it, and work the rest out by ear.
u/un_velo · 5 pointsr/RedHotChiliPeppers

>All the VPRO documentaries.

This was gonna be my answer. Also, OP, if you don't mind reading, the Oral/Visual History is fantastic and features commentary from almost every member that's ever been in this revolving door of a band. Beautifully constructed.

If you're really starting from scratch, try to find the Behind The Music somewhere online. It's outdated (like almost 20 years old) and super condensed but it'll give you the basics.

u/sandman98857 · 5 pointsr/OldSchoolCool
u/kurtchella · 5 pointsr/gratefuldead

Oh man, i had the same question just a couple of days ago. Here's what I would suggest (pretty much fundamentals!):

[DK's Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip] (

This one is a 500 page biography of the band's journey on the Golden Road from the Sixties to now (this one happens to be the slightly updated 50th anniversary edition as well.) Covers a lot of details towards major events/concerts, the phases they went through, every release and side project(s) the band members did throughout the 70s, 80s & now. Thousands of pictures as well, & the foreword is written by Robert Hunter who helped write lyrics for the band!

[The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics] ( Also compiled by Robert Hunter with David Dodd, this book provides the lyrics to every song from every album, with all the unique context & the whole process of creating the songwriting for these tunes. Plus there's a lot of original GD-inspired artwork! This one is again the 50th anniversary edition, but the older version with a completely different cover is basically the same :)

u/thekeegs · 5 pointsr/RedHotChiliPeppers
u/ShitGuysWeForgotDre · 5 pointsr/RedHotChiliPeppers
u/banditkeithUSA · 4 pointsr/Music

off the top of my head:

  • Bowie In Berlin covers Bowie & Iggy's time in Berlin; really nothing new or groundbreaking, just a deeper look into Bowie's Life at that time.
  • Manson - Long Hard Road what i thought was going to be fluff and merch was actually a good look into his Life pre-Manson
  • Scar Tissue the essential "did you read it, bro??"
  • Three Dog Nightmare - a nice slice of rock excess
  • A Long Time Gone - a good Asshole AutoBio of David Crosby

    and most recently:
  • Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein is better than expected
u/SomeAreWinterSun · 4 pointsr/conspiracy

The author converted the site into a book for sale

u/TheDrRudi · 4 pointsr/beatles

I'd steer away from Norman.

Regardless of age, it's hard to beat Miles' biography of Paul - because we all know it's authorised.


As for George there was a thread today:

You might also take a look at this: and volume 2, but this one I haven't read.


\> What are the best books on them as a band

I think that mean's Hunter Davies original biography:

And it has to mean the Anthology:

And it definitely has to mean Tune In:

Worth a look:


For John, I really enjoyed the 'Letters' book that Hunter edited - but I prefer first person material.

Also, you might look at I've heard her speak and she knows her stuff - but its a long road she is hoeing.

u/tmobsessed · 4 pointsr/asoiaf

This comment was inspired by this fascinating post.

I spend a lot of time complaining about the show's writing while praising its production: acting, cinematography and music, but the reverse is true with the books: the writing is sublime but there are two areas where the production team has badly screwed up in my opinion:

  • the lack of quality assurance for Roy Dotrice's wonderful narrations

  • the obsession with "binding" and page count: This would matter if ADwD had been a "barely break even" business proposition, but they knew it was going to sell millions of copies. All they had to do to include the TWoW sample chapters that occur in the ADwD timeline was to print Part 1 and Part 2 in separate books and sell them in a nice little open-ended cardboard box that holds both - just like they've now done with A Storm of Swords and, for that matter, with the whole series. I recently bought all 5 paperbacks in one big cardboard case. Look at this book (a truly amazing book, by the way).

    I have no problem with using storytelling, rather than chronology, to order the chapters, but all the events you list (and many of the TWoW chapters, especially those pertaining to the three battles - Ice, Fire and the setup for Aegon VI being taken seriously as a threat to King's Landing) should have been in the original book. I support this opinion with my own experience of reading it as published, and then reading it with the extra chapters - there's no contest - I'm almost infinitely more frothing-at-the-mouth for TWoW now than I was when I'd only read the published book.
u/shalala1234 · 4 pointsr/Music

Sorry if it made it seem I was apologizing for Lennon.


I wasn't. He's my favorite Beatle. I've read the [bio] so you can spare me Reddit's take.


But here, ever heard of the "John Sinclair Freedom Rally"? It was a protest and concert held in response to the imprisonment of John Sinclair for possession of Marijuana, both Lennon and Ono performed at this event and Lennon. In fact they performed a song called "Attica State" which is actually a protest song lamenting the loss of life in the Attica State prison riots as well as protesting poor living conditions and human rights violations of prisoners in the United States. Check out these lyrics for a bit of the "high and naked" you were mentioning: "Free the prisoners, jail the judges," "They all live in suffocation," and "Rockefeller pulled the trigger, that is what the people feel." The final verse calls on its audience to "Come together, join the movement / Take a stand for human rights / Fear and hatred clouds our judgment / Free us all from endless night." Song is off the album "Sometime in New York City."

What about "Bring on the Lucie (Freda Peeple)" ? This one's from the album "Mind Games" here's an [article] about it.


"Happy Xmas (War is Over)", Give me Some Peace, Imagine, Working Class Hero, these are all politically-minded protest songs to some extent.

Amazing stuff!

u/jjgaybrams · 4 pointsr/gratefuldead

The record display could be neat, but it wouldn't be my first choice to be honest. With a $20 budget you could get her The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics which is a really awesome collection of (you guessed it) academic annotations of all Grateful Dead songs.

Another solid choice is Jerry on Jerry, which was just published. It's full of unreleased interviews with the Man himself.

OR if you're feeling ripe with the charitable spirit, you could always make a donation to The Jerry Garcia Foundation.

u/CVORoadGlide · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

  • THIS is one of the best books I ever read -
    Owsley and Me: My LSD Family Paperback
u/T-HO-THA-MALE-HOOKER · 3 pointsr/PKA

i am reading these two books, and i just ordered this book ( like 3 days ago and am gonna start reading it soon. also i started playing wow in early sept so i will skim the official mop strat guide just as some extra help once in a while. in school we just finished catcher in the rye and its pretty cool and mind altering.

u/AnAuthority · 3 pointsr/Music

This book has some mindblowing stuff on Zappa. I would link to the free version but his site just shows a white screen.
Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream

u/911bodysnatchers322 · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

Thank you, spread the info far and wide.

I've seen Jan's stuff (gnostic media). I'm a fan. It's good work. I generally agree with most of his assertions except that T. McKenna was an agent. If he was, then his role was benign and simply to corral triphead and psychonauts into one forum.

A lot of his cia-psychedelic movement is elaborated in David McGowan's book "Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream". It's an interesting read.

u/qodbtwss · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

he synthesized several million dosages of LSD. this is an excellent biography of bear:

also check out /r/gratefuldead

u/texum · 3 pointsr/beatles

People don't like her music, and that's fair, though I would defend it on the basis that it was completely in keeping with the Fluxus art movement she was a part of. She was never trying to make pop music. As some examples of Fluxus "music", see John Cage's "Water Walk", Dick Higgins' "Danger Music No. 17", Al Hansen's "The Futuristic Chattanooga Choo Choo in the Mongolian Desert", and Ken Friedman's "Melon Melody".

She kind of/sort of introduced John to heroin, though she had only done it once before herself. Someone gave it to her at a party, and around the time they got together, a bunch of the Beatles' friends were doing it. Paul himself had done it in 1967. John had started reading about it, and Yoko mentioned she'd done it once before. John asked her what she thought of it, and she said it wasn't that bad. So John arranged for them to snort some. It was his first time, her second, and they got hooked on it for about two years.

She wasn't exactly a good stepmother to Julian, though that was much to do with the circumstances of she and John living in the U.S. and Julian living with his mother in the U.K. She deserves some of the blame, because she didn't exactly encourage the relationship between John and Julian, though if you read the letters reproduced in the book The John Lennon Letters, John himself wrote that this was much to do with Cynthia keeping Julian from communicating with him. John wrote to his cousin Liela that when he was with May Pang, he would talk to Julian once a week, but once he got back together with Yoko, he suspected that Cynthia purposely stopped Julian from talking to him, because whenever he would call, Julian never seemed to be available.

Probably the most legitimate criticisms of Yoko in relation to the Beatles, though, was that John would have her speak on his behalf at some of their band meetings, and she would do this willingly, which really got under the others' skin. When George quit during the LIB sessions, John tried to do this at a meeting to get him to come back, and George called the meeting off. They met again a few days later, sans Yoko, and the band had it out about that issue and all their other issues, and John seemed to not let it happen so much after that.

And she was also a supporter of Allen Klein during the whole Klein/Eastman fiasco, and she probably influenced John's decision to go with Klein. Though I think even that can be attributed to her entirely--Mick Jagger and the Stones were the ones who recommended Klein to John, and George and Ringo were impressed with him, too. It was more of a pissing match that went beyond Yoko, though Yoko certainly didn't help matters.

And then, of course, she was a constant presence in the recording studio once she got together with John. Though, again, that was more John's doing than hers. If John had told her, "It would be better if you stayed home," she would have. She would later say that the lack of privacy and John's smothering her were a big reason they broke up in 1973-74. But at the beginning she found it endearing, so she went along with it. She probably should have known better, but the whole thing with Yoko being there all the time seems to have been a passive-aggressive move on John's part to drive a wedge between him and the other Beatles rather than something that Yoko thought up or had insisted upon. Still, if she'd wanted to, she could have told him, "It's too hostile, I don't want to be there." Then again, maybe that did happen at some point, but as Paul said during the LIB sessions, it seems John was of the mind, "If Yoko's not there, I'm not there, either." So even if she did say something like that to John privately, his reaction was probably, "If you're not going, I'm not going," so she decided to go. Regardless, it was weird, and she probably could have got John to back off if she'd been more forceful about it.

She's far from a perfect person, and even the legitimate criticisms are often distorted, but she's definitely not beyond criticism. She was definitely a "weird" influence on John, to say the least. On the other hand, after they quit heroin, she kept John quite grounded. They became quite domesticated from 1975 on. Meanwhile, Ringo became a severe alcoholic despite having three children at home, and George had a cocaine problem and drank rather heavily, too, at the time that John had settled down, largely due to Yoko's influence. On the whole, I think she was good for him, but she wasn't without her flaws.

u/cryptopian · 3 pointsr/radiohead

I have the Radiohead Songbook. Interestingly, as well as being made up of classic hits (Creep, Paranoid Android), it also contains more obscure pieces that were written for piano (How I Made my Millions, I Want None of This).

Some of the non-piano pieces sound good, like Karma Police and Sail to the Moon. My Iron Lung transcribes surprisingly well. Some really don't work, like Creep and Subterranean Homesick Alien (though the bassline given by the book implies completely the wrong rhythm).

u/snarkyturtle · 3 pointsr/listentothis

A producer sometimes makes a big difference in the end product. A big example of this was George Martin's role with the Beatles. It's arguable whether they would have gotten the exact tone in music had Martin not have been behind it all. Reading Here There And Everywhere by George Emerick I grew to appreciate not just the producer's role in music but that of the sound engineers. It's all a cohesive product and the better producers out there are known for what they bring to the table. Hell, even radiohead couldn't get through "In Rainbows" without eventually going back to Nigel Godrich. With electronic music, the influence that someone could have as a producer is magnified, since most of the time there is no band. Hip-hop producers like RJD2, Madlib and J Dilla especially are known for their unique sound and are highly sought after.

u/ImACracka · 3 pointsr/beatles

This is a great movie about the man behind the Granny glasses. It has home videos. Interviews with Cynthia, Yoko, Julian, Sean, and many others. This is a great movie about John. Any book on amazon rated highly should be good.LINK Never heard of this, but if you want something really raw get this. Sounds amazing by the way. I'll have to get it some day. LINK

I don't think I've ever seen a documentary about Paul. But I found this. It has music videos, live performances, narration by Paul, interviews. Read the description on amazon for more details. This is something that I would love to get. LINK
The top 3 on an amazon search of Paul Mccartney books look decent if you want to read about Paul.

For George I would highly recommend George Harrison: Living In The Material World. I have watched most of it, and it is amazing. I still need to get a copy of it myself. LINK
On amazon there are a few books that look good. I'll leave you to decide on one. LINK

Ringo doesn't have a lot out there to read or watch about him but I Found some good stuff. This looks really cool and I would love to get one for myself. LINK
You'll have to research more to find a good biography on Ringo.

There you go. I hope this helps a lot. I know I'll be picking this stuff up a some point.

u/Ceks41 · 3 pointsr/gratefuldead

Have seen a couple posts talking specifically about Phil but haven't heard mention of Searching for the Sound, which is his Autobiography. He covers this at one point in good detail, so much amazingness in that book!

If you haven't read it, go.. NOW!

u/bobzilla · 3 pointsr/beatles

Around Thanksgiving the cheapest one was $480. Before Christmas the cheapest one was $850! When I saw $150 I jumped on it. The cheapest one right now is $120 with shipping.

u/I_Ate_Snailpo_AMA · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

From this book, it's a pretty good read.

u/SergeantPepr · 2 pointsr/beatles

The Songwriting Secrets of The Beatles

Really explains everything clearly and with lots of examples. I feel like it's already had an effect on my own writing, and I've only read a couple of the chapters so far.

u/YoureAllRobots · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

This one is probably the most eye opening book available.

u/beachbuminthesun · 2 pointsr/musictheory

There is a book called songwriting secrets of the Beatles.

It's the best I've found. Clear and concise. The author also takes into account how the Beatles would have written the songs given their limited theory. My take on it is that they didn't formally understand what they were doing but they had a couple of things going for them that their contemporaries lacked:

  1. extensive chord library. They new a lot of different chords and how to apply them. They might not have understood dominant substitution but they new the E7 was great lead up to A. Or where a B6 would fit etc...

  2. vast musical vocabulary. As the other poster said, they were very knowledgeable of many different styles of music. McCartney's father was a part time jazz musician. Classical influences were also very present. Not to mention George Martin's traditional scoring approach (he was instrumental in the songwriting process)

  3. lack of knowledge. I always found really interesting anecdotes of Lennon in the studio saying to Martin or the engineers that he wants the song to do this or that and they reply "it's not done that way", "nobody does that" "it can't be technically done" but it's the Beatles so they humour him. And that's how a lot of innovative or interesting parts were created. They thought outside the box.

  4. rock boot camp. The Beatles early on in Germany sometimes played hours upon hours in clubs every night. They had honed their technique in front of a live audience in a way most artists today don't. . By the time they were recording their first album they already keenly aware of audience taste and how to temper their own choices with what a listener wanted to hear.

    Another thing about the Beatles is to understand their recording process because later on, the studio became instrumental in how they approached their songwriting (key change in strawberry fields, reverse guitar solos, limitations of 4 track recording).

    There is an INCREDIBLE book about abbey road recording innovations.

    Edit. And about the poster that said they stole liberally (in a good way) I would argue that this isn't particular to pop music. All musicians and composers do this.
u/fungasmonkey · 2 pointsr/videos

RHCP are/were famous for this.

See: Kiedis' biography.

u/kevinshark · 2 pointsr/radiohead

This looks awesome. I love this kind of extended criticism. Though they don't have very good reviews I thought the 33 1/3rd's dedicated to Kid A and OK Computer were at least worthwhile - you'd probably find them interesting if you haven't read them already.

u/whenthattrainrollsby · 2 pointsr/grateful_dead

I think you got a lot of good answers in this post, but I will add one book that has not been mentioned and is not really a GD book:

I started reading it and got sidetracked and didnt finish it but it covers the Owsley story through his girlfriends eyes.

u/howgoyoufar · 2 pointsr/Music

George did not write the solo. Eric Clapton wrote and played it at the time of the recording. The point is that George couldn't actually play nearly as well as Eric, in fact during the early years of the Beatles Paul had to play almost all of the solos in their recordings because George simply was not able to play them. Which is funny, since they're extremely easy.
I'm not trying to take away from George's worth as a musician or songwriter, but he was not a very good guitarist.

Source for what I said is

u/Kujata · 2 pointsr/WTF

Anthony Kiedis explained in his autobiography that while on tour in his early 20's he had sex with a 14 year old girl. He didn't know she was 14 at first but even after he found out he continued to have sex with her. She stayed with him for several days then he finally put her on a bus and sent her back home to her parents. Her dad was a cop or something.

u/CaptainAcid25 · 2 pointsr/gratefuldead

Apparently he is quite forthcoming in Complete annotated Grateful Dead lyrics about many of his lyrics. (Sorry for the Amazon link, I’m lazy)

u/Yonkiman · 2 pointsr/Fallout

Apparently John Lennon liked the song enough that his late-teen nickname was “Johnny Guitar”. (Source:

u/IanPhlegming · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

Holy cow, if you don't know Dave McGowan's "Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon," you are in for a TRIP. A must-read.

McGowan originally was writing this as an ongoing web series, about half the book is there, including some material that didn't make it into the book (including a particularly interested segment about Jack Nicholson). Original version had very helpful pictures, most of which are gone now. It's well worth reading, too, though not as good as the book.

u/Antistotle · 2 pointsr/sexover30

Because I'm borderline aspie and sometimes don't get irony:



Not this:

But maybe this if it's your thing

u/SteakAppliedSciences · 2 pointsr/confessions

It's ok to be withdrawn and to dislike other people. Many others feel the same, including me. I hate other people but can cope being near and around them. Empathy isn't something that's natural. It's a learned skill that takes time to build. If it were natural we wouldn't have wars or even violence. If you truly want to change it starts with opening up your mind.

My recommendation is to start with reading a couple biographies to learn what it means to think like another person. Since you're into music I suggest Scar Tissue. From there work backwards and find people with the most clashing ideals and read their biographies. Learning how someone you don't agree with thinks is easier with a guide and a biography is exactly that.

u/Frieze88 · 2 pointsr/gratefuldead

Yeah I think this is right. I remember reading something similar in Rhonney Stanley's book: Owsley and Me: My LSD Family

I recommend it if you haven't read it. Interesting stuff.

u/Jim_E_Hat · 2 pointsr/gratefuldead

Thanks for that. I'm reading Long Strange Trip currently, but I will put that one on my list. Also looking at Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III

u/AuntieKuma · 2 pointsr/radiohead

I was just about to recommend this as well!

I don't understand why it's so poorly reviewed; I really enjoyed it!

u/OprahNoodlemantra · 2 pointsr/gratefuldead

Heh once you start it's gonna go far beyond 3 weeks. Over at you can find thousands of recordings, both soundboard recordings and audience recordings. I think you should start with the first album and then listen to a show or two from that era and then do the same for each album. Maybe some older Deadheads can recommend some shows from each era, album by album. I'm a big fan of the '73-'74 sound which was when they released Wake of the Flood and From the Mars Hotel. My favorite show from then is 6/10/73 at RFK Stadium.

You'll find different Deadheads favoring different eras. Some people prefer the Pigpen years and some prefer the Brent Mydland years but each and every era is worth listening to.

While you're at it read Phil Lesh's book.

u/StonePaleAle · 2 pointsr/rush

Yep - received the announcement from amazon this morning.

View here.

u/MaBeSch · 2 pointsr/radiohead

Long story short: buy this one. I own it and it's fantastic. The selection of songs is amazing. Highlights like Last Flowers to the Hospital and How I Made My Millions are included. Chords are accurate, as well as the keys. Especially if you're an experienced player, you'll have lots of fun with it.

u/Broncos_Fan · 2 pointsr/USNEWS

For those of you who find this stuff as fascinating as I do, I'd also recommend Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain by Max Wallace and Ian Halperin

u/the_blackfish · 2 pointsr/GreenBayPackers

Phil's a nice guy. Read his biography Searching for the Sound if you have even the slightest interest in the band. They're an amazing piece of Americana, and he was and is an integral part of it.

u/oldirtdog · 2 pointsr/gratefuldead

Did you read the autobiography? It's one of my favorite of any of the Dead books... most are about Jerry, obviously, but this one gives you a different, more logical view on the whole scene...

u/DrFeeIgood · 2 pointsr/pics

Read Heavier than Heaven by Charles Cross. It is a fantastic biography. You really get a feel for his childhood. You see how everything built up his interest in music and what built up his depression and anger... It is amazing.

u/dawidjama · 1 pointr/beatles

O man, you seems to be someone who know everything about The Beatles, great, thanks. For now I got Lennon: The Life and this Emerciks' story which I have already begun and I must say that first chapters are very good. Really enjoy description of the feelings this young's men, how huge were Beatles to him, like to guy from the street, like... to me. Maybe this why it works.

Btw. do you know The John Lenoon Letters ( This is from Davis and I'm interesting about this becouse it's the secound book available in my first language (polish) about The Beatles. Idk, there are just a letters, but maybe after "The Life" I should take it?

u/Farores_Wind_ · 1 pointr/AskMen

["Scar Tissue"] (, Anthony Kiedis' autobiography. His life is just crazy and interesting. ["If Chins Could Kill"] (, Bruce Campbell's autobiography. A great read if you're a fan of his work, it's also really funny.

u/bottleclinger · 1 pointr/radiohead

From memory I think this book was quite interesting... and had a lot of technical information in it

u/diggexpat · 1 pointr/videos

Highly recommended. Explains a LOT (read: Everything) about the Beatles.

They were smart, hip, fashion conscious dudes. Nobody HAD to tell them that that's what people wanted to see, since that's what the cool kids were wearing.

u/LukeWalton4MVP · 1 pointr/LosAngeles

I would recommend Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers singer/original member) and L.A. Son by Roy Choi (chef/Kogi truck mastermind). Both autobiographies tell stories about how growing up in LA shaped who they are.

u/StopTheAltWhite · 1 pointr/gratefuldead

A quick Google renders this result

Haven't read it though.

There were a few details in Phil's book and Long Strange Trip but they don't get that technical.

u/the_little_stinker · 1 pointr/beatles

Sorry, link
The Beatles - All These Years - Extended Special Edition: Volume One: Tune In

u/qcom · 1 pointr/radiohead

Check out this page from musicnotes which allows you to view the first page for free!

I can also recommend this book of sheet music dedicated to Kid A and [this one] ( of Radiohead's greatest hits (although surprisingly Kid A isn't in the latter).

u/Thisisyoureading · 1 pointr/radiohead

This was in my old university library. Also one of the lecturers wrote a small 'dissertation' book on OK Computer.

To be fair a lot of people misunderstood the book, but it isn't an all out and out great read.

u/Hodaka · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Many years ago I had to "teach" (clients or young engineers) on occasion.

The best "basic" tool I had was a photo of an orchestra, with the louder instruments "in the back," and the quieter ones "up front."

Sinatra was photographed a lot in the studio, and many of these photos illustrated variations on microphone placement, gobos (acoustic isolation panels), etc.

Another really important tool was found in early Motown (or similar) recordings where instruments had to often perform "double duty" due to the limitation in number of tracks. Session musicians, like Tommy Tedesco, would often play "secondary parts," or provide subtle noise effects, in addition to performing their primary parts. Often, these additions were not written on the score or chart. Following a specific instrument, such as a guitar, can be a real eye opener. These instruments were often panned hard left or hard right, and were easy to follow.

I think getting kids to overdub, and literally "sing with themselves," would provide the biggest "wow factor" that kids could relate to. I would be easy to recreate that "kids chorus" from Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd), and the kids would have a blast.

Isolated vocals, like this or this.

Books, such as Good Vibrations or the Beatles Complete Recording Sessions are often more inspiring than the "how to recipe" books. I think kids could probably relate to the idea of the Beach Boys recording in an empty swimming pool.

u/thatsong · 1 pointr/AskReddit

If you're into bios, Heavier Than Heaven is a good book on Kurt Cobain by David Cross.

Blink is also good read about instant thought (a blink, much better explained in the book) by Malcolm Gladwell, though much more popular.

u/Amytheacct · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The Dave Grohl Story. Maybe I had high hopes that it would be as interesting as Scar Tissue but so far it is an extremely in-depth history of hardcore punk in Washington with a few mentions of Grohl thrown in.

EDIT: Forgot to say read Scar Tissue. Absolutely incredible, even if you're not a Chili Peppers fan. That man has lived!

u/TheCafeRacerII · 1 pointr/videos

There was a news reporter on scene who got most of the footage (NSFL)
Also this is a great read,
Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America’s Deadliest Rock Concert

u/--TacoLoco-- · 1 pointr/todayilearned

It wasn't a suicide note. It was a note to his fans about Nirvana breaking up. The last four lines, which makes it look like a suicide note, are in a completely different handwriting - source

u/nicetryLaoChe · 1 pointr/radiohead

that's a good move! I have been working on accurate sheet music for anything I love and can't find...still working on making them correct. PM me and I can help out. These books are the best so far:

The '28 Biggest Hits' is a treasure trove, though some mistakes. AMSP is golden. Kid A is a cheap publisher but accurate.

u/bladexnl · 1 pointr/LSD Amazon has pretty much a complete collection of every piece of Grateful Dead related literature and usually for super cheap, I'm going through Phil's biography at the moment, but couldn't contain myself from buying this book when I saw it.
Get the hardcover, the quality is amazing and the wrap with the skeleton on the cover is beautiful

u/cmc8290 · 1 pointr/RedHotChiliPeppers

I have this on my coffee table, it's a personal fave. Scar Tissue is also a great read, I've read it twice now. Crazy to see Kiedis still rock the stage knowing all he put himself and his body through.

u/muhppet · 1 pointr/indieheads

That's the only source you can find of the quote?

You can read the quote here, click on the cover and type "steak" into the search bar, it should come up.

u/vario · 1 pointr/Zappa

I found out this is all part of a book:

And there's more parts available on this site (which includes more images and videos!):

u/wiser12345 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Thanks for your reply. I remember reading a Hunter Davies book decades ago when he shadowed them for a while during the making of Revolver, which was quite interesting.

There is also the Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, which is an exhaustive record of every one of their studio sessions based on recording logs and the author listening through master tapes. I have this book and love's available again here

I haven't read this but looks like a very interesting read

u/Mukor · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I was thinking of the audiobook version of this book. Now that I go back and listen now, it's pretty dry. It's like a textual analysis of the finished product, rather than breaking down the recording process. Idk, if you have a free Audible trial due (I think you can do one per year) it's worth a listen.

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u/RothbardsGlasses · 1 pointr/Anarcho_Capitalism

this is the official story... evidence exists however that the military actually synthesized LSD from LSA(i think... LS-something... cant remember) based on Hoffmans previous work.... even if this isnt true however, it is clear that Hoffman did have a relationship with the US military, the OSS, and later the CIA....

I havent looked at this info in a while and was trying to find sources for another guy earlier but he pissed me off with his ridicule... cant remember the authors name.... ill try to search thru some youtube channels for the interviews i remember he was in and get his name.... ill post some links in this comment latter for you.... the guy really did some indepth digging into this and provides source material... check back at this comment in a hour or two....

Found it: - the book focuses primarily on the 60s but includes information on Hoffman.

u/wirecan · 1 pointr/vinyl

That's a really interesting characterization to me, because Sgt. Pepper is probably their most labored and intricate recording session. That's also so different than my own appreciation for that album, which is justifiably their most important but not my favorite (UK Rubber Soul for me, please).

If you're at all interested in this sort of thing, this book is well worth the money:

u/AerialAmphibian · 1 pointr/rush

Did you just get the album, or an advanced copy of the book? If so, I'm jealous. The rest of us have to wait until September 3rd.

P.S. Happy birthday, fellow Rushian!

u/wetpedals · 1 pointr/beatles

Put this on your reading list as well, it's by the recording engineer that was there for Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, and Abbey Road! Such a fantastic perspective, I feel like it paints a very honest picture of them.

u/ImNotMichaelCera · 1 pointr/rush
u/joerdie · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I read about both in this book.

u/stopthecrowd · 1 pointr/radiohead

TL;DR - I don't know

I have this one and it is great but definitely too hard for me (i am a beginner player). Though that just means things will take time (and I am currently putting a Coldplay and Elliott Smith song ahead of finally learning PS, MPS, or Fog(Again).

You've got Morning Bell on yours though.. I am jealous!

u/sillyboy42 · 1 pointr/gratefuldead

How about the Complete Annotated Lyrics book? I love my copy and will just sit down and flip through it while listening to a show.

The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics

u/gilbertgrappa · 1 pointr/pics

"Killer Show" by John Barylick - quite a well-researched book.

u/notahippie76 · 1 pointr/Music

In fact, this article is referring to this instance (the one in "Hey Jude"). The mention of the book Here, There and Everywhere near the beginning made me think that it was a swear in the song "Here There and Everywhere." After listening to that song twice and not even figuring out where the line this article mentions, I remembered that the lyrics he was referring to are actually in "Hey Jude," and went back and reread it to discover that you and the author of this article are in fact talking about the same instance.

So, basically the author of this article has the wrong Beatle. D'oh!

u/Alcubierre · 1 pointr/rush

There are numerous literary references in Rush songs if you're interested.

Have a look at this. It's from 1995-1996, but it's a good start.

"Clockwork Angels" has also been translated into a novel.

There are all kinds of Easter eggs in Rush's work, as well. The cover of "Clockwork Angels" is a clock face with the hands pointing at 9:12, or 21:12 in 24-hour time. I'll leave the rest for you to find. It's part of the fun.

Also, Geddy Lee changed the way I thought about music in 1996 when I discovered Rush, and made me a damn good bass player because of it. I don't want to brag, but I've never auditioned for a band and lost the part. In my current band, I beat out 41 other bass players for the part, and I'm 15-20 years younger than the other guys. Geddy inspired me to sit down and work on getting good. I've been playing bass for more than half my life (since I was 13 back in 1993), and it's probably the thing I'm best at, behind my actual (and less fun) job.

In short, some people don't get it, but Rush changed my life. Band mates are second only to family in loyalty, and I've met some amazing people along the way. I don't think I would have been afforded the experiences I've had if my girlfriend when I was 16 didn't get me "Exit... Stage Left" for my birthday.

Anyway, I'm rambling. Good luck to you on your class. I think you've got lots of material to work with in studying Rush.

u/wesleyt89 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Cant pick just one So I'll name a few

  1. A Time Too Kill-John Grisham
  2. Scar Tissue-Anthony Keidis(Autobiography of the lead Singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  3. Different Seasons-Stephen King
  4. Back In The Day: My Life And Times With Tupac Shakur- Darrin Keith Bastfield
  5. That was then This is Now-S.E. Hinton
  6. I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action-Jackie Chan (Autobiography)
u/Topazthecat · 1 pointr/beatles

This 1999 review of Mark Lewisohn's excellent Beatles studio diary book where many of The Beatles recording engineers and tape operators and their producer George Martin are interviewed (and it shows how truly innovative,brilliant and creative especially John and Paul were in the recording studio),The Beatles Recording Sessions titled, Behind The Creative Genius Of A Groundbreaking Band by a musician himself says it all, he says that as a musician he found Mark Lewisohn's portrayal of The Beatles genius and in parenthesis he says, especially that of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, to be completely thorough and accurate, as well as insightful. He then says if you are to buy any one Beatles book,buy this one.

And this reviewer RAS who became a big Beatles fan after he read The Beatles Recording Sessions book,said,I think The Beatles ARE BRILLIANT and he said he despairs what his life would be like without The Beatles!! He said that when he first saw this book,he said Oh another garbage Beatles book.

u/empleadoEstatalBot · 1 pointr/argentina



> # Watch Nirvana sabotage Buenos Aires stadium show, opening with (still) unreleased song, 1992
> Dangerous Minds

> Watch Nirvana sabotage Buenos Aires stadium show, opening with (still) unreleased song, 1992
> Nirvana
> On October 30th, 1992, Nirvana were booked to play a major show in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were so big at that point in time that they just about sold-out José Amalfitani Stadium, which can hold nearly fifty thousand people. Prior to their set, Kurt Cobain witnessed the negative reception their hand picked opening act received, and was so incensed that he considered canceling the gig. Nirvana ultimately did perform that night, but they were sloppy and their set-list was more than a little unusual, as they purposely incorporated rare songs from their catalogue that they knew most of the audience wouldn’t be familiar with, including a couple of unreleased numbers. It ended up being one of their oddest shows, and it was all captured on videotape by a professional film crew.
> Kurt later shared his memories of the gig:
> > “When we played Buenos Aires, we brought this all-girl band over from Portland called Calamity Jane,” Kurt recalled. “During their entire set, the whole audience—it was a huge show with like sixty thousand people—was throwing money and everything out of their pockets, mud and rocks, just pelting them. Eventually the girls stormed off crying. It was terrible, one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, such a mass of sexism all at once. Krist, knowing my attitude about things like that, tried to talk me out of at least setting myself on fire or refusing to play. We ended up having fun, laughing at them (the audience). Before every song, I’d play the intro to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and then stop. They didn’t realize that we were protesting against what they’d done. We played for about forty minutes, and most of the songs were off Incesticide, so they didn’t recognize anything. We wound up playing the secret noise song (‘Endless, Nameless’) that’s at the end of Nevermind, and because we were so in a rage and were just so pissed off about this whole situation, that song and whole set were one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.” (from Nirvana: The Chosen RejectsImage)
> Kurt Cobain in Buenos Aires
> Kurt in Buenos Aires
> If you watch the show (which is embedded below), you’ll realize that Kurt was misremembering or embellishing a bit here and there. While they did unearth a handful of rarities from their odds-n-ends collection IncesticideImage (which hadn’t been released yet), as well as “All Apologies” (it later turned up on In UteroImage), they also played most of NevermindImage (but not “Teen Spirit,” which they teased before two songs), and a few of the highlights from BleachImage. One thing Kurt failed to mention that they most certainly did do to annoy the crowd, was open with a strange, jam-like number that those in attendance had definitely never heard before.
> Unavailable on any of Nirvana’s archival releases and believed to have been performed at just this show, the track has come to be known by the most-excellent of titles, “Nobody Knows I’m New Wave”—though there is no documentation available to confirm its validity. The go-to source for Nirvana bootleg info, Live Nirvana, believes it is just a jam, largely due to official biographer Michael Azerrad’s assessment in his book, Come As You Are: The Story of NirvanaImage:
> > “The first thing they played was an improvised jam, which deteriorated into a fifteen minute fest from Kurt, with breaks when he would stop to glare at the crowd.”
> The circulating video of the show begins with “Nobody Knows I’m New Wave,” but lasts less than three minutes, so it’s difficult to know what Azerrad is referring to. Does the tape begin twelve-plus minutes after their set started? Or has Azerrad himself embellished or misremembered the event?
> Though the majority of the lyrics were probably made up on the spot (including “I promise to shit on your head”; “I’m new wave/I’m old school”) and the racket they’re generating collapses after just a couple of minutes, structurally it does have a chorus, which makes me think it was somewhat worked out beforehand. Either way, this isn’t the sort of track most groups would start a stadium concert with.
> In Come As You Are, Azerrad also notes that the band “had hardly practiced, their enthusiasm was low, and they played badly.” Regardless, there are some great moments, like the especially heavy version of “In Bloom” (though Kurt messes up a lot); when Dave Grohl brings a toy drum kit to the front of the stage for “Polly” (and Kurt cracks a smile); the aforementioned catharsis that is “Endless, Nameless”; and the intriguing opener. Is it a song or just a jam to piss-off the Argentineans? You decide.
> Previously on Dangerous Minds:
> Listen to ‘Montage of Heck,’ Kurt Cobain’s mind-blowing music montage—made years before his fame

u/FoolOnThePlanet91 · 1 pointr/RedHotChiliPeppers

I'm not sure! A quick amazon search showed this, but it appears to not be exactly the same, and the reviews are pretty bad lol

I got this book for like 70% off when Borders was closing down, and I can definitely recommend it, it's really cool!

u/BettiBourbaki · 0 pointsr/conspiracy

Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon by David McGowan

Here is an interview with the author: Sofia Smallstorm Interviews Dave McGowan