“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