Reading List: The Business of Music

music books

I’ve been bingeing on books about music lately, partly because there have been so many big, critically acclaimed releases by musicians in the past year or two, and otherwise fueled by my ongoing email correspondence with my dog walker/local musician on the topic of music books—a correspondence that initially took shape as comments scribbled back and forth on the notes he leaves after every walk. (My life is adorable.)  Below are some of my favorite recent reads on the topic.

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Can we talk about how much I love Patti Smith?

Patti Smith is kind of my hero. I like to think everyone knows who she is, but if you don’t, she’s a musician and writer who got her start as part of the punk movement in New York in the mid-1970’s.

My favorite album of hers is her first, Horses. And my favorite song, Free Money:

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Work Me, Lord

I don’t think I’m any very special kind of person down here / I know better / but I don’t think you’re going to find anybody, not anybody who can say that they’ve tried like I’ve tried / the worst you can say about me is that I’m never satisfied