I’m sure The Hunger Games is very good—my wife is all over it—but I’m going to wait until the hype dies away before I move anywhere in that direction. Instead, I’m working on these books.
True North: A Life in the Music Business by Bernie Finklestein
Bernie is an actually Canadian music industry mogul. As the founder of True North in 1969, he and his label became an integral part of this country’s music scene as it was born and came of age. The book won’t be out until April 17, but I’d pre-order it now.
No Sleep ‘Til Subury by Brent Jenson
If you’re into books like Fargo, Rock City by Chuck Klosterman, you should get a kick out of Jenson’s book about what it was like growing up with 80s metal in a hard rock town.
The One: The Life and Music of James Brown by RJ Smith
Everyone needs to know the life story of the Godfather.
Surf Beat: Rock’n’Rolls Forgotten Revolution by Kent Crowley
Contrary to what you might think, there was more to the beach than just the Beach Boys. The influence of the early surf bands still ring through today’s music.
St. Bart’s by Emme Cross
Okay, so it’s my wife’s novel. If you know of anyone who’s into the Fifty Shades of Grey thing, tell them about this book.