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kicking off 2011 – with books that rock!

January 20, 2011

Let’s just say thank god I don’t write an indie music blog. I have a hard enough time keeping pace with the Baby Boomer musicians I follow – Lord help us if I was trying to beat hipsters to the punch on the latest trends…

2010 has come and gone – my blogging time was swallowed up in the general monsoon of holiday obligations, but now here we are 20 days into 2011. And so far most of the action this year has been on the rockin’ literary front. Check it out:

Keith Richards in libraryFirstly, I finished Keith Richards’ memoir Life. And now I’m left debating if my favorite Keef fact is that he communicates almost solely by fax or that he named his first dog Syphilis… It’s a fantastic read, I mean how could a book about the life of Keith Richards be anything less? But really, Keef’s voice just shines through and brings such genuine charm to his sordid tale.

I have to admit that it broke my heart a bit to read about the state of things between Keith and Mick Jagger. (It crops up constantly in the book, underscoring just how deeply Keith feels about the situation). I was reminded of Levon Helm’s autobiography This Wheel’s On Fire and the lead role that his notorious falling out with Robbie Robertson played in it. There was more vitriol in his writing (in part due to the timing of publication) but it left me with a similar sense of melancholy.  Bands are odd little units – a unique mix of work and friendship and even family. The fact that the Stones have managed to remain a mostly-functional unit for going on 50 years is pretty incredible. But it is saddening to know there isn’t much Glimmer left between the Twins.

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Dylan with booksIn other rockin’ literary news – Bob Dylan has signed a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster which means (hopefully) that we will be seeing the second installment of his autobiographical Chronicles series before too long. Hal.le.lujah.

Chronicles: Volume One is one of my all-time favorite books (more on that in my Books section). I’ve pretty much been re-reading it annually since it came out in 2004, so a second book has been on my Wishlist since I was 19….  Dylan fans rejoice!

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And last but not least, Bobby Whitlock – rock & roll songwriter and musician extraordinaire, member of Derek & the Dominos, and current Austin resident – has finally released his memoir Bobby Whitlock: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Autobiography. I have been eagerly awaiting it since the publication date had to be pushed back from earlier this fall. I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this book.  Check out my story on Bobby Whitlock and his weekly Austin gig and I bet you’ll be ordering a copy too…

musicnotesIn honor of all these fabulous autobiographies: “Attics of My Life” – Grateful Dead

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