Hi, my name is madkevin, and I have a confession: I am addicted to books about music. In fact, I seem to have lost the ability to read anything else. I am specifically addicted to the musician and band biography, the dirty tell-alls and oral histories of crazy people making crazy music. Some recent great ones I've read: See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. Outstanding autobiography from the seminal Bob Mould, the driving force behind Husker Du, Sugar and his own solo career. Mould had a reputation for being private in the hardcore days (although his homosexuality was probably the worst-kept secret in the American underground), so to see him finally open up about everything is pretty amazing. He doesn't pull any punches (spoiler: he really, really hates Greg Norton), and provides a lot of insight into his own process as a musician. Motley Crue: The Dirt - Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. I used to think Nabakov's Lolita had the best opening paragraph of any book ever written. That was before I read Dirt, which is CLEARLY THE WINNER: Spray Paint the Walls: The Story of Black Flag. Title's kind of a misnomer, because this is way more than just an overview of Black Flag - it's really the oral history of the entire California hardcore movement, with Black Flag and SST Records at the centre. Phenomenally detailed account of that entire era, even without the participation of Henry Rollins and Greg Ginn. If you thought Black Flag went downhill after Keith Morris left, this is the book for you. Anybody got any other recommendations?