Books of the Year – part two (KN)

BOOKS OF 2017

Writing for magazines, I get sent many books to review but surprisingly few that will stand the test of time. This year’s most lasting tomes include…

1  Shadows Across The Moon: Outlaws, Freaks, Shamans And The Making of Ibiza Clubland by Helen Donlon (Jawbone)
2  Tales From The Embassy: Communiques From The Guild of Transcultural Studies 1976-1991 by Dave Tomlin (Strange Attractor)
3  Memphis ’68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove (Polygon)
4  I Read The News Today, Oh Boy (The short and gilded life of Tara Browne, the man who inspired the Beatles’ greatest song) by Paul Howard (Picador)
5  The Psychedelic Renaissance: Reassessing The Role of Psychedelic Drugs In 21st Century Psychiatry and Society by Ben Sessa (Muswell Hill Press)
6  Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz To Hiphop & Beyond – Edited by ML Liebler (Painted Turtle)
7  Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life by Jonathan Gould (Crown Archetype)
8  The Rolling Stones: On Air In The Sixties by Richard Havers (Virgin Books)
9  I Am Still The Greatest Says Johnny Angelo by Nik Cohn (No Exit)
10  Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s by Michael C. Heller (University of California Press)

 

BEST BOOKS NOT PUBLISHED IN 2017

Most of these titles are related to ongoing personal missions and interests that create a knock-on effect when it comes to wanting more of the same. There are many more but here’s ten…

1  We Gotta Get Out Of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War (Culture, Politics and the Cold War) by Douglas Bradley & Craig Werner (University of Massachusetts Press 2015)
2  A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism by Paul Youngquist (University of Texas Press 2016)
3  Perry Robinson: The Traveler by Florence Wetzel (iUniverse 2002)
4  Music To Silence To Music: A Biography of Henry Grimes by Barbara Frenz (Northway 2015)
5  Drugs As Weapons Against Us: The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac and other Leftists by John L. Potash (Trine Day 2014)
6  Distilled Spirits: Getting High, Then Sober, With A Famous Writer, A Forgotten Philosopher, And A Hopeless Drunk by Don Lattin (University of California Press 2012)
7  The Last Poets by Christine Otten (World Editions 2016)
8  In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction by Gabor Maté (Vintage Canada 2012)
9  High Society: Mind Altering Drugs In History and Culture by Mike Jay (Thames & Hudson 2012)
10  Observer’s Book of Birds by Rob Hume (Bloomsbury 1987 edition)

–KN