Best Books for Music Lovers 2012

Certainly, the music lover would prefer the gift of music over books, of course. Amazon’s top-selling albums for 2012 include some of music industry’s best-known and enduring recording artists: Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, and Bob Dylan. Also, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones — a remarkable achievement when you consider their decades of drug abuse, debauchery and promiscuity. And it is no surprise that some of the music books recently published focus on some of these top artists. This year’s releases can be broken down into reference works, biographies, retrospectives/photo books, and archival books.

Bob Dylan: Stories Behind the Songs 1962-69 by Andy Gill
The Beatles 1962-66: The Stories Behind the Songs by Steve Turner
The Rolling Stones: The Story Behind Their Biggest Songs by Steve Appleford
The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars by Jeremy Simmonds
The Complete Classical Music Guide by John Borrows
Rock Chronicles: Every Legend, Every Line-Up, Every Look by David Roberts
Rock Atlas: 650 Great Music Locations and the Fascinating Stories Behind Them by David Roberts
Neil Young: The Definitive History by Mike Evans
Get the Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World by Denny Somach
Classic Rock Posters by Dennis Loren and Mick Farren

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
Who Is That Man? In Search of the Real Bob Dylan by David Dalton
Bruce by Peter Carlin
Who Am I? A Memoir by Pete Townsend
Keith Richards: A Rock n Roll Life by Bill Milkowski
The John Lennon Letters by John Lennon
Adele: A Celebration of an Icon and Her Music by Sarah-Louise James

Bob Dylan: Forever Young by editors of Life
The Rolling Stones 50 by The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock n Roll by editors of Life
LIFE with the Beatles: Inside Beatlemania by Robert Whitaker
Beyonce by Andrew Vaughan
Katy Perry by Noam Friedlander
Lady Gaga by Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson
David Bowie Is edited by Victoria Broackes

Treasures of Bob Dylan by Brian Southall
Treasures of Green Day by Gillian Gaar
The Treasures of Beethoven by John Suchet
The Treasures of Mozart by John Irving

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