Let’s have a #MusicMonday, shall we? Scotland has a brilliant musical history, and a thriving music scene. Luckily, when it comes to books, there’s just as much to delve into, whether it’s game-changing bands or the history of a city, here’s just a few to get you started.
Songs in the Key of Fife – Vic Galloway (Polygon)
“The East Neuk of Fife may seem like an unusual place for a musical revolution. From psychedelic troubadours the Beta Band to the multi-million-selling KT Tunstall, acclaimed singer-songwriter James Yorkston and the reigning monarch and lynchpin of the Fence Collective, King Creosote, Songs in the Key of Fife plots the unique, intertwining tales of these Fifers from their schooldays to the present day.” (More info)
How Music Works – David Byrne (Canongate)
“Drawing on his own work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and his myriad collaborators – along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists – Byrne shows how music emerges from cultural circumstance as much as individual creativity. It is his magnum opus, and an impassioned argument about music’s liberating, life-affirming power.” (More info)
Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus and Mary Chain Story – Zoë Howe (Polygon)
“This is the fierce, frank and often funny tale of The Jesus and Mary Chain begins in the faceless new town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow, at the dawn of the 1980s with two chronically shy brothers, Jim and William Reid, listening to music in their shared bedroom. What follows charts the formation of The Jesus and Mary Chain, their incendiary live performances, and those famous fraternal tensions, with plenty of feedback, fighting and, most importantly, perfectly crafted pop along the way. It is time this vastly influential group and sometime ‘public enemy’ had their say.” (More info)
Dear Green Sounds: Glasgow’s Music Through Time and Buildings (Waverley Books)
“From the Apollo to Barrowland and The SECC, and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall to The Old Scotia Bar, Glasgow is known throughout the world for its music and live venues. It is the live venues that become the heart of any music community, and Glasgow – like no other city outside London – has thrived on adding new venues to make it possible for visiting musicians of all types to be welcomed in the city.” (More info)
The Music and the Land – Freeland Barbour (Birlinn)
“Freeland Barbour was brought up in Highland Perthshire and has been a very well-known figure on the Scottish music scene for many years. He is a former member of ground-breaking folk group Silly Wizard, and a founder member of two of the country’s most successful ceilidh dance bands, the Wallochmor Ceilidh Band and the Occasionals. In this book he recalls his life in music, presenting a tour in words, photographs and musical notation through the lands that have inspired him – covering the whole of Scotland and beyond.” (More info)
We’ll also be extending the celebrations with a podcast during the festival featuring Vic Galloway, Zoë Howe and James Yorkston. For more info visit here.