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by Billboard Staff September 16, 2016

100 Greatest Music Books of All Time

100. Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, 2016
99. Kill Your Friends, John Niven, 2008
98. You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup, Peter Doggett, 2011
97. This Is Your Brain on Music, Daniel Levitin, 2007
96. Bob Dylan: An Intimate Biography, Anthony Scaduto, 1971
95. The Disco Files 1973-1978: New York’s Underground, Week by Week, Vince Aletti, 2009
94. The Music of Black Americans: A History, Eileen Southern, 1971
93. The Rap Yearbook, Shea Serrano, 2015
92. The Recording Angel: Music, Records and Culture from Aristotle to Zappa, Evan Eisenberg, 1987
91. Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, Jimmy Webb, 1998
90. Rod: The Autobiography, Rod Stewart, 2012
89. How Music Got Free, Stephen Witt, 2015
88. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine: A Novel, Teddy Wayne, 2014
87. Yesterdays: Popular Song in America, Charles Hamm, 1979
86. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, Tricia Rose, 1994
85. My Cross to Bear, Gregg Allman, 2012
84. One Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture, Gerald Early, 1995
83. Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, John Lydon with Keith and Kent Zimmerman, 1993
82. Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements, Bob Mehr, 2016
81. X-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography, Ray Davies, 1994
80. Girl in a Band: A Memoir, Kim Gordon, 2015
79. Running With the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music, Robert Walser, 1993
78. Finishing the Hat; Look, I Made a Hat, Stephen Sondheim, 2010; 2011
77. Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography, Jimmy McDonough, 2002
76. Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Dick Hebdige, 1979
75. Visions of Jazz, Gary Giddins, 1998
74. Noise: The Political Economy of Music, Jacques Attali, 1985
73. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, 1999
72. Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap, Evelyn McDonnell and Ann Powers (eds.), 2014
71. Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality, John Darnielle, 2008
70. Eminent Hipsters, Donald Fagen, 2013
69. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir, Carrie Brownstein, 2015
68. Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta, Robert Palmer, 1982
67. Last Train to Memphis; Careless Love, Peter Guralnick, 1995; 1999
66. Autobiography, Morrissey, 2013
65. Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman, 2013
64: Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper, Art Pepper, 1994
63. Positively 4th Street, David Hajdu, 2001
62. Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks, 2007
61. Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984, Simon Reynolds, 2005
60. The Death of Rhythm and Blues, Nelson George, 1988
59. I Want My MTV, Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, 2011
58. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, Nick Logan and Bob Woffinden
57. Cash: The Autobiography, Johnny Cash, 1997
56. Frank: The Voice; Sinatra: The Chairman, James Kaplan, 2010; 2015
55. The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music, Nick Kent, 1994
54. Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong, 1954
53. Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1, Mark Lewisohn, 2013
52. Love & Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class, Eric Lott, 1993
51. Really the Blues, Mezz Mezzrow, 1964
50. Boys in the Trees: A Memoir, Carly Simon, 2015
49. All You Need to Know About the Music Business, Donald S. Passman, 1991
48. Howling at the Moon: The Odyssey of a Monstrous Mogul in an Age of Excess, Walter Yetnikoff with David Ritz, 2004
47. Christgau’s Record Guide: Rock Albums of the ’70s, Robert Christgau, 1981
46. Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, David Ritz, 1985
45. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever, Will Hermes, 2011
44. Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age, Steve Knopper, 2009
43. Rock Dreams, Guy Peellaert and Nik Cohn, 1973
42. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, Laura Jane Grace, 2016
41. How Music Works, David Byrne, 2012
40. The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, RJ Smith, 2012
39. Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, Stephen Davis, 1986
38. Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, Carl Wilson, 2007
37. Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr., Sammy Davis Jr. and Jane and Burt Boyar, 1965
36. Blues People: Negro Music in White America, Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka), 1963
35. Follow the Music: The Life and High Times of Elektra Records in the Great Years of American Pop Culture, Jac Holzman and Gavan Daws, 1998
34. Sound Effects: Youth, Leisure and the Politics of Rock ’n’ Roll, Simon Frith, 1981
33. Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota, Chuck Klosterman, 2001
32. The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, Alex Ross, 2007
31. Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys, Viv Albertine, 2014
30. Decoded, Jay Z, 2011
29. Our Band Could Be Your LIfe: Scenes From the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991, Michael Azerrad, 2001
28. Bound for Glory, Woody Guthrie, 1976
27. Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley, Timothy White, 1983
26. Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, Rob Sheffield, 2007
25. Lady Sings the Blues, Billie Holiday with William Dufty, 1956
24. Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock ’n’ Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock ’n’ Roll, Lester Bangs, 1987
23. Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, Ellen Willis, 2011
22. The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, John Seabrook, 2015
21. Miles: The Autobiography, Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe, 1989
20. The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen and the Head-On Collision of Rock and Commerce, Fred Goodman, 1997
19. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation, Sheila Weller, 2008
18. The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll, Charlie Gillett, 1970
17. Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians, Peter Guralnick, 1979
16. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, Motley Crue with Neil Strauss, 2001
15. Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus, Charles Mingus, 1971
14. Ego Trip’s Big Book of Racism!, Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, Chairman Jefferson Mao, Gabriel Alvarez and Brent Rollins, 2002
13. England’s Dreaming: The Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, Jon Savage, 1991
12. I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Pamela Des Barres, 1987
11. Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music, Gerri Hirshey, 1984
10. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, 1996
9. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby, 1995
8. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Jeff Chang, 2005
7. Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties, Ian MacDonald, 1994
6. Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ’n’ Roll Music, Greil Marcus, 1975
5. Just Kids, Patti Smith, 2010
4. Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams, Nick Tosches, 1992
3. Life, Keith Richards, 2010
2. Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business, Fredric Dannen, 1990
1. Chronicles, Volume One, Bob Dylan, 2004

 

Source : Billboard

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