Three new books are soon to be released, covering a range of music tastes. First up, we have 'First Time' by BBC Radio 6Music's Matt Everitt, covering stories & songs from music icons he's interviewed:
From Alice Cooper to Yoko Ono, Courtney Love to Elton John, follow their lives and careers starting with their first musical memories, first records and first gigs, finding out the songs that have shaped them along the way. With 40 compelling interviews, specially commissioned collage illustrations and a bespoke playlist for each musician, The First Time is a must-have for any music lover.
Secondly, we have Carl Cox's memoir, "Oh Yes, Oh Yes!" covering the life and career of the ageless and always relevant DJ and producer:
Carl Cox was instrumental in the birth of dance music culture and is still the heartbeat of the global dance music scene. From warm up DJ at Paul Oakenfold's 'Future' to the opening night of the legendary 'Shoom' and unlicensed rave DJ billed as 'The People's Choice' at unlicensed raves to a global headline main stage artist playing across the world, Carl has been everything from a recording artist and producer to label owner, radio DJ and broadcaster.
Finally, Renegade Snares is a new book by Carl Loben and Ben Murphy, covering the resistance and resilience of Drum & Bass:
Renegade Snares is the definitive book on drum & bass music. Pieced together using original interviews conducted with all the scene s main players, it traces the history of jungle/drum & bass from its early roots in soundsystem culture and rave music right through to the present day. With its hyper-speed breakbeats, warping bass pressure, and vast spectrum of sounds, drum & bass quick spawned a whole new movement in youth culture.
They all sound like a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of pivotal moments in music history. Incidentally, the Ableton book featuring '74 Creative Strategies' for making music is available for free as a PDF here.