Clore Chronicles: Books, Questions & 2010

“It’s important to keep going back, and not lose track of the pioneers.”   – Paul Shaffer

That quote encapsulates the sentiment behind this blog, Clore Chronicles. At the urging of a good friend and trusted colleague, I started this labor of love back in March of this year (2009), and I’m so glad I did.

As we wind down 2009, I thought it a good time to refresh/refocus a bit, and I wanted to seek some input from those of you who stop by.

BOOKS: Below*, I list out books I’ve recently read, am reading, and am about to read. By sharing this list, I hope to encourage you to check out some of the same material. But moreso, I hope to hear from you with books you’ve been reading that you think would fit with the type of material covered here.

QUESTIONS: Clore Chronicles is me talking (a lot), but I would genuinely love to hear from you. By the way, a HUGE thank you to those who do read, and to those who leave comments. Here are a few questions I would love to hear from you on:

  • What era of music history are you most interested in?
  • What specific aspects of music history/sociology intrigue you most? (examples: personal impact of being famous, or how drugs play a role in the creation of music)
  • How does your knowledge of history impact the decisions you make in your day to day work decisions?

2010: In the new year, I plan to do a lot more interviews with interesting figures in the music world. Also, look for more “series” types of posts, with multi parts, or more continuous threads, running throughout multiple posts. I also plan to begin studying more about popular music history prior to the 1960s.


Books I’ve read in the last year or so:

Appetite For Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age – Steve Knopper

It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll: My On the Road Adventures with The Rolling Stones – Chet Flippo

Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock & Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood – Michael Walker

The Mammoth Book of Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll – Edited by Jim Driver

Billy Joel – Mark Bego

Billy Joel: The Life & Times of An Angry Young Man – Hank Bordowitz

The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love & Faith of an American Legend – Steve Turner

Book I’m currently reading:

The Road To Woodstock – Michael Lang

Books in the queue:

The Great American Symphony: Music, Depression & The War – Nicholas Tawa

Air Castle of the South: WSM And The Making of Music City – Craig Havighurst

The Year the Music Died: 1964-1972; A commentary on the best era of pop music, and an irreverent look at the musicians and social movements of the time – Dwight Rounds

The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker & Elvis Presley – Alanna Nash

Canyon of Dreams: The Magic & The Music of Laurel Canyon – Harvey Kubernik

Totally Awesome 80s – Matthew Rettenmund


4 thoughts on “Clore Chronicles: Books, Questions & 2010

  1. I’d like to hear more about Woodstock… NOT!

    Honestly, as opposed to outright lying to you, I’d like to hear about the star-makers. Phil Spector, Clive Davis, Quincy, Jean Swimmins…you know, all the greats.

  2. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. I will certainly be digging more into figures such as the ones you’ve listed.

    John Clore

  3. Some others to check out:

    Unforgettable Fire (U2 Story), Eamon Dunphy
    U2: At the End of the World, Bill Flanagan
    U2 by U2, Neal McCormack
    U2: A diary, Matt McGee
    U2 Show: The Art of Touring, Diana Scrimgeour
    Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 80’s, Dave Marsh
    Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, Stephen Davis
    Queen: The Early Years, Mark Hodkinson
    Bon In Conversation: Micha Assayas

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