Books

Books: Guitar With Wings: A Photographic Memoir, by Laurence Juber (2014)

Books: Guitar With Wings: A Photographic Memoir, by Laurence Juber (2014)

Juber, with Wings from 1978-81, always had a keen sense of what this opportunity meant.

Books: I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of the Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963 by Anthony Robustelli (2014)

Books: I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of the Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963 by Anthony Robustelli (2014)

While Beatles books continue to flood the market, few focus on specific musical details. Who played what instrument? How did producer George Martin contribute to the group’s sound? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, why do the Beatles’ recordings stand the test of time

Books:  Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues, by John Wirt (2014)

Books: Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues, by John Wirt (2014)

Despite his sweeping influence — not to mention rollicking classics like the song that inspired this book title – Huey “Piano” Smith remains this endlessly enigmatic figure. An excerpt from John Wirt’s new comprehensive, first-ever biography, courtesy of LSU Press, takes us inside the moment when “Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” caught fire.

Books: Being Here: Conversations on Creating Music, by Rhadika Philip (2014)

When I was told I was being sent a book of interviews with creative, inspirational musicians, I thought it might be something I might dip into now and then, leave on the shelf for a couple months and re-visit when I felt like a bit of inspiration.

‘They are all there with me’: Yoko Ono’s unique philosophy eases pain of living without John Lennon

‘They are all there with me’: Yoko Ono’s unique philosophy eases pain of living without John Lennon

Yoko Ono still lives in the same building where her husband John Lennon was gunned down by a crazed fan in 1980. In the same apartment they shared. For that matter, in the same space where she raised her son Sean before he grew up and moved away.

Books: The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert (2014)

Books: The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert (2014)

Books: I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway (2014)

Books: I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway (2014)

I’ll Take You There, Greg Kot’s new biography of Mavis Staples, explores the life and times of an ebullient contralto and former member of the Staple Singers who’s still belting out R&B and gospel at 74.

Rumoured no more: Long-discussed Stevie Nicks biography has a publication date

Rumoured no more: Long-discussed Stevie Nicks biography has a publication date

A comprehensive biography of Stevie Nicks now has a publication date, according to Amazon: October, 21, 2014. The Fleetwood Mac chanteuse’s story is being written by Stephen Davis, who helped bandmate/lover Mick Fleetwood compose his 1990 autobiography.

Books: Sex and the Beatles: 400 Entries, by Jeff Walker (2014)

Jeff Walker’s just-published book Sex and the Beatles: 400 Entries is exactly what the title suggests — a look at the sexy underbelly of the Fab Four in 400 ways you probably couldn’t imagine.

‘I might have a better ending’: With so much going on, Toto’s Steve Lukather puts book on hold

‘I might have a better ending’: With so much going on, Toto’s Steve Lukather puts book on hold

There had been some talk about an autobiography from Steve Lukather, the co-founding Toto guitarist who’s played on countless sessions. That project has been shelved, however, amidst a flurry of new activity. Lukather had been at work on the book with Lonn Friend, a Grant High School classmate and ex-editor of RIP magazine.