New books by and about musicians: Ideas for holiday gift-giving

‘Prince: A Private View’ by Afshin Shahidi — Picture courtesy of St. Martin's Press
‘Prince: A Private View’ by Afshin Shahidi — Picture courtesy of St. Martin's Press

NEW YORK, Nov 19 — They have all the albums by their favourite artist, but have they read the book? This holiday season, offer the music-lover in your life a look behind the music, using this list of 2017 books by and about musicians as a guide.

‘Devotion (Why I Write)’ by Patti Smith

In this latest book by the punk rock icon, Smith offers insights into her creative process and inspirations, sharing a short story about a young orphaned ice-skater bookended by two sections that explain the story’s genesis.

Nick Cave: Mercy on Me by Reinhard Kleist

This graphic novel features a cast of characters taken from Cave’s music and writing, covering his childhood in Australia, his early years in music through to his success with The Bad Seeds, and his struggles along the way.

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane and Neil Martinez-Belkin

The Atlanta rapper began writing his memoir while in prison, from which he emerged in 2016, transformed inside and out. Here he tells of his roots, finding his voice as a rapper, his time behind bars and his comeback.

Prince: A Private View by Afshin Shahidi

This book by Prince’s longtime friend and photographer includes never-before-seen photos, with captions offering a glimpse into the life of the late star. Beyoncé provides the foreword for this touching look at the artist.

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

Even if Wenner was reportedly unhappy with this (authorised) biography, music fans should devour Hagan’s account of the “Rolling Stone” founder and the key role he played in bringing rock ‘n’ roll to the masses.

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe

Music critic Yaffe tells the story of how Canadian prairie girl Joni Mitchell became a hugely successful folk musician, drawing on interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends and famous faces who have crossed her path.

What Does This Button Do? An Autobiography” by Bruce Dickinson

The Iron Maiden lead singer delves into childhood recollections, music, his cancer battle, and his varied experiences as airline pilot and captain, aviation entrepreneur, beer brewer, motivational speaker, fencer, scriptwriter and more. — AFP-Relaxnews

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