Bully’s Essential Holiday Book Suggestions
Motown: The View From The Bottom
Jack Ashford has worked with them all, from early days as a Jazz man, working with Marvin through to The Supremes, Gladys Knight, The Temptations basically anyone in the business in the Motown glory years, the book offers an insight into countless stories from the studios over the years, Jack gives us new observation on the music producers, the musicians and artists of classic Motown. A definitive read and is available on amazon.co.uk
Bossa Nova and the Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s
Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker provide an insight and historical biography into the Bossa Nova music and art scene from the late 1950’s through to the 1960’s Brazil. The book is seeped heavily on the new political modern optimism of Brazil. Well worth a read and if you enjoy the book there is a album to compliment and complete.
Respect Yourself: The Story of Stax Records,
Written in detail by Robert Gordon, acclaimed ‘Memphis’ writer offers an insight to the Stax humble beginnings including the death of Otis Reading, the rise and fall and then the second rise and the collapse by the mid 1970. The book is based predominantly in the 1960s and ‘70s and is about a the beginnings of an independent company’s struggle to survive. Well worth a read.
James Brown “The One” by RJ Smith
Written by RJ Smith, this is the definitive biography of James Brown, with an overal insight into the man that we know as ‘The God Father Of Soul’ From the roller coaster life that was his life, from his campaigning as a Civil Rights activist, the showman and the most inventive musician of the era of funk and soul! Smith captures the real insight of what James Brown was about, well worth a read!