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Next Week in Music | Feb. 18-24, 2019 • New Books

The biggest and best books about music coming your way next week.

I couldn’t read music if you put a gun to my head. But I have no trouble reading about music. Here are the biographies and books due this week:


Malcolm McLaren: The Autobiography
By Malcolm McLaren

OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB:Malcolm McLaren was the instigator of punk rock in the UK. As the creator of the Sex Pistols he orchestrated a movement that has reverberated through the years and changed the face of music, fashion and style. In 1980, he asked music writer Barry Cain to help with his story. Unlike most autobiographies written 40 years after the events this was written at the time with McLaren at his anarchic peak, riding high on his reputation as a pop svengali. It crackles off the page with verve and energy. This is his story told in his own way from his unconventional upbringing to his assault on a cosy music business that would never be the same again.”

Messing Up the Paintwork: The Wit and Wisdom of Mark E. Smith
By Ebury Press

OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB: ” ‘If it’s me and your granny on bongos, it’s The Fall.’ As legendary frontman of post-punk outfit The Fall, Mark E. Smith was known as much for his mercurial temperament as his exceptional musical talent. Famous for his singular way with words both onstage and off, his road to the music hall of fame was paved with brilliant one-liners, eccentric behaviour, and the dozens of members of The Fall he ejected along the way. Collecting his wit and wisdom for the first time and featuring an introduction from Stuart Maconie, Messing Up the Paintwork is a tribute to a musical icon described as ‘untouchably cool’ (Lauren Laverne), an ‘uncompromising musical maverick’ (Tim Burgess) and ‘a man shouting from a prison window’ (Frank Skinner). And it’s a book for the fans who will miss him terribly.”


Ricochet: David Bowie 1983: An Intimate Portrait
By Denis O’Regan

OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB: “A breathtaking, never-before-seen glimpse into life on tour with David Bowie, by the late singer’s official tour photographer. In 1983 David Bowie set out on the Serious Moonlight Tour, his biggest ever. On the road with him was his official photographer, Denis O’Regan. Few artists and photographers have had such a close touring relationship. This book is the result: a never-before-seen photographic portrait of a year with Bowie, from the theatre of performance to his most unguarded moments. Introduced by O’Regan and with every single image personally approved by Bowie, this is an intimate view of an icon at the height of his fame.”


Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music
By Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars, Patrick Vonderau

OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB: “An innovative investigation of the inner workings of Spotify that traces the transformation of audio files into streamed experience. Spotify provides a streaming service that has been welcomed as disrupting the world of music. Yet such disruption always comes at a price. Spotify Teardown contests the tired claim that digital culture thrives on disruption. Borrowing the notion of “teardown” from reverse-engineering processes, in this book a team of five researchers have playfully disassembled Spotify’s product and the way it is commonly understood. Spotify Teardown combines interviews, participant observations, and other analyses of Spotify’s “front end” with experimental, covert investigations of its “back end.” The authors engaged in a series of interventions, which include establishing a record label for research purposes, intercepting network traffic with packet sniffers, and web-scraping corporate materials. The authors’ innovative digital methods earned them a stern letter from Spotify accusing them of violating its terms of use; the company later threatened their research funding. Thus, the book itself became an intervention into the ethics and legal frameworks of corporate behavior.”

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