Really engaging books on 70s (prog-ish) rock music?
April 16, 2014 10:50 AM Subscribe
Can anyone recommend a really excellent book, preferably one with lots of illustrations, wacky anecdotes, and/or other intensely engaging content about 1970s rock music? Specifically music of the "prog-ish" type, e.g., early Genesis. I poked around on Amazon a bit but nothing really stood out...
posted by aecorwin to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to get a cool gift for a colleague who is currently recovering from a medical procedure. He is a major fan of a certain sub-type of 70s rock that I will do my best to describe below.
Seeing as he needs to keep things low-key for the next few weeks, I was thinking he might enjoy a good book on 1970s music, specifically of the sort encompassing Genesis during the Peter Gabriel era, early Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra, etc. I.e., acts that weren't exactly psychedelic and weren't Led Zeppelin-ish cock-rock, but which tended to be a bit more arty and introspective.
As for the type of book I'm looking for: "engaging" is the key. Basically something a person could read when they're too tired to do anything but read, and when they may only feel up to reading in short bursts. Humor is good, personal stories are good, something that captures the feel/atmosphere of the culture surrounding the bands/artists is great. Less good is anything with only a little bit of actual written content and 500 pages of album and track listings. In other words, more "anthology of Rolling Stone articles", less "encyclopedia". Thanks!