From the early days of industry icons and unsung heroes to the birth of beats, here’s a list of 2022 music must-haves.
by CALEB J. MURPHY by SoundFly
Do people still read books? After all, we have TikTok, so who needs a book?
Well, the good news is that most Americans are still Actually consume books, whether it is a physical book, an e-book or an audio book. According to Pew Research, “75% of American adults say they have read a book in the past 12 months in any format.”
So yeah, we’re back to do another review of this year’s best music books (so far). And there’s been a ton of books published this year about the music industry and the artists in it. My job is to give you a quick summary of the most promising books so you can decide if you want to read them yourself.
Let us know which ones you’ve read! Or if you have any books you would like to add to the list!
This is the first biography of mac miller, the Pittsburgh-born rapper who has not only earned the respect of his hip-hop comrades, but also the recognition of pop culture. He started his career at 15 and died tragically at the age of 26.
For The most Dope, author Paul Cantor interviewed Miller’s housemates, best friends, and co-workers and collaborators. You’ll learn about his upbringing in western Pennsylvania and his exciting life and dark times in New York and Los Angeles. Whether you’re a Miller fan or not, this book seems like an interesting look at one of the most promising rap artists of the past few decades.
We all know Biggie, the Notorious BIG. He was a pioneer in the world of 90s hip-hop and is respected by all rappers in the game. It was only a dream dives into the story of his life as it was investigated and told by a journalist Justin Tinley. Drawing on interviews with Biggie’s neighbors, friends, and professional collaborators, Tinsley recounts how this legend changed rap, culture, and politics.
It all depends on where Biggie comes from, how his life experiences have shaped him, what he’s accomplished in his career, and the legacy he’s created.
Pop music today has black men and women, but especially black women, to thank. Shine Bright is about how these women shaped much of the music that came after them, and how most of us don’t talk about them enough.
Author Daniel Smith tells the story of black women’s music, painting it as the foundation of American music. She starts with Phillis Wheatley, an enslaved woman who wrote and sang her poems. Smith also talks about artists like Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Mariah Carey and many more.
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Didn’t we have almost everything is a glimpse into Whitney Houston’s rise to power and then her tragic fall. The pop icon was and remains one of the most recognizable voices in recent music history. Yet her struggles with addiction, faith and sexuality eventually brought her to a sad end – she died too young, in part due to drugs found in her blood.
She has spent much of her life trying to please everyone first, like her fans, her family, and her mentor. Clive Davis. Based on first-hand stories, this biography tells a lot about her behind-the-scenes life and shows the secret struggles she faced.
readers say Dilla’s hour is like a combination of biography and music history. It’s a dissection of how J Dilla, born James DeWitt Yancey, made music that changed the landscape of pop music.
He was one of those artists who mostly worked behind the scenes, so he wasn’t widely known to mainstream music fans, but his hand touched some of the biggest hits of his time. He worked with great artists like D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, and he influenced big stars like Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Questlove and so many others.
And author Dan Charnas writing about Yancey’s childhood, her rise to Grammy nominations, and her eventual untimely death from a rare blood disorder. The book also includes graphics that show the reader how J Dilla created unique beats that artists still draw inspiration from today. To the naked ear, its beats sound sloppy. But he was undoubtedly a perfectionist and his style was intentional.
In these memoirs, respected pianist Jeremy Denk tells his story of artistic endeavors and struggles. But he does it in a way that a lot of people can relate to.
As a six-year-old piano prodigy from New Jersey, he shares stories of family issues, experiencing college, dealing with strict piano teachers, and eventually going to college. One aspect that reviewers say sets this book apart is Denk’s storytelling ability and engaging prose.