Music Books due out in 2015

Love & death: the murder of Kurt CobainKurt Cobain – ‘Montage of Heck’ will be a companion book to a documentary about Cobain 21 years after his suicide and is named after a mixtape he made. The documentary has taken eight years to make and will be screened in UK cinemas after its TV broadcast in the US in May. And if you’re a fan

Love & death: the murder of Kurt Cobain by Max Wallace & Ian Halperin published last year. Did Nirvana rock icon Kurt Cobain commit suicide on that fated day in April 1994, or was he brutally murdered?

Gareth Murphy’s ‘Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry’ about to be published

Grace Jones – Her memoir ‘Miss Grace Jones’ is to be published in September

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon – ‘Girl in a Band’ due out 24 February

Patti Smith’s – ‘Just Kids’ is a memoir about her time with Robert Mapplethorpe

Bedsit disco queen: how I grew up and tried to be a pop starTracey Thorn from ‘Everything But the Girl’ has written ‘Naked at the Albert Hall’ which examines singing, stage fright etc. due out 30 April. Highly rated previous books include Bedsit disco queen: how I grew up and tried to be a pop star


Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars: The Fast Life and Sudden Death ofJacket Image Lynyrd Skynyrd’ by Mark Ribowsky due 1 April.

Philip Glass, composer, has written a memoir, ‘Words Without Music’ due out 2 April spanning his works and times. It will “recall his experiences working at Bethlehem Steel, travelling in India, driving a cab in 1970s New York and his professional collaborations with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing and Martin Scorsese”.

Ray Davies’ volatile relationship with his brother Dave will feature in Johnny Rogan’s biography ‘Ray Davies: A Complicated Life’ due 5 March.

Sandy Denny, brilliant singer of the British folk-rock movement in late 1960s has been written about by folk rock fan, journalist/-biographer Mick Houghton in ‘I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny’ due out 5 March.

Finally, ‘How Soon Is Now’ by Richard King looks at independent record shops “combining memoir and elegiac music writing”.

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  1. For a really great book about Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, check out Nirvana: the True story by former Melody Maker journalist Everett True. Absolutely fantastic. Charles R Cross wrote a half-decent Cobain biog called Heavier Than Heaven, but it’s sensationalised for the US market and doesn’t have the depth of understanding of the music that the True book does. You get a pretty complete picture of the Seattle music scene in the late 80s/early 90s from the True book as well. Highly recommended.

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