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Read this month: Top 10 Music Books List

Published: 23 May 2018

For NZ Music Month, check out some of our favourite musical memoirs in our monthly list of top picks from Auckland Libraries collections:

  1. Together alone: the story of the Finn brothers

To rattle off the hits of Neil and Tim Finn reads like a checklist of pop history. To think it all began in sleepy rural Te Awamutu – where Brian Timothy Finn fell in love with the Beatles, an obsession that would work its way into Neil's DNA.

  1. Kiwi rock chicks, pop stars and trailblazers

Over 30 top kiwi female musicians spanning 50 years come together to tell their stories in this inspiring volume. Revel in first-hand insights, memories, hopes and dreams of these incredible women and artists, from Sandy Edmonds to Bic Runga and Anika Moa.

  1. Ray Columbus: the Modfather: life and times of a rock 'n' roll pioneer 

One of the pioneers of modern music in New Zealand, Ray Columbus began his career in 1959 at the tender age of 17. Get a behind-the-scenes look at his years at the top of the New Zealand entertainment industry in this disarmingly candid memoir.

  1. Crowded House: private universe

Brush up on your New Zealand music history with this biography of the legendary Crowded House.

  1. Remembering Whitney: my story of love, loss, and the night the music stopped

The superstar's mother, Cissy Houston – a gospel legend in her own right, relates the full, astonishing scope of Whitney's life and career.

  1. Serious fun: the life and music of Mike Nock

Lose yourself in this vibrant story of one of New Zealand’s greatest musicians. Mike Nock’s childhood and adventures with the Fabulous Flamingoes and Māori rock’n’roll pioneer Johnny Cooper are the stuff of Kiwi legend.

  1. Douglas Lilburn: his life and music

Whirl into the vortex of arts activity in 1940s New Zealand in this lively and long overdue account of the extraordinary Douglas Lilburn.

  1. Florence + the Machine: an almighty sound

Follow the story of the unique pop, rock and soul artist from her upbringing in South London to her thrilling rise to international fame as a singer and fashion icon.

  1. Beyoncé

Celebrate one of the world’s biggest pop stars and extraordinary singer, songwriter, producer and actress in this lavishly illustrated book.

  1. Hayley Westenra: in her own voice

Singing sensation Hayley Westenra reveals how a teenage busker from Christchurch ended up performing for the Queen and President of the United States, and the highs and lows of her personal journey.

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