Roundup of music books for August

There’s a few interesting music and music art books that have come out the past few years. Below is another one of our roundups of some of these releases, starting with a few from Rare Bird Books.

Architects of Self-Destruction: An Oral History of Leftöver Crack. Suffice to say that Leftöver Crack has been “banned from clubs, states and counties” and has “received teen-idol adoration and death threats from their fans.” It’s available now and with a few bundle options on paperback, e-book, and audiobook.

Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax is by Frank Bello with Joel McIver. It’s a memoir from the Anthrax bassist that will be available on hardcover, e-book, and audiobook on October 21, 2021. It’s up for preorder now.

Live at the Safari Club: A History of harDCcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital 1988-1998 by Shawna Kenney and Rich Dollinger is an oral history of the Safari Club venue, “told by the bands, fans, zinesters, promoters, graffiti artists, scenesters, senators’ kids and activists who made it happen.” Now available.

Cheap Shots: A Photographic Look at Underground Bands from the 1980s and Beyond is a photo book of classic punk and rock bands from Chris Barrows. Ben Weasel wrote a foreword and it has shots of U2 (on their first US tour), Bad Brains, Black Flag, Danzig, The Descendants, Fugazi, The Damned, The UK Subs, and more. Now available.

“From packing the right equipment to keeping enough gas in the tank to get home, every aspect of making a successful tour with a band is addressed in this comprehensive guide,” Martin Atkins wrote about his book Tour:Smart. It’s available digitally from the author. He has another book too, Band:Smart – Succeed in the Music Business on Your Own Terms, available at the same website.

… And Justice For Art: Stories About Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Album Covers by Ramon Oscuro Martos features a foreword by Anders Nyström of Katatonia and Bloodbath and interviews with some bands whose iconic album covers appear in the book. It’s out now in its third edition from the author’s website.

Related: check out our previous book roundups as well as other music books we’ve highlighted. Happy reading!


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