16 best rock and pop music books 2021 | Saturday Review

Nothing comes close to Paul McCartney’s breezeblock of a title — a collection of all his lyrics and the hidden stories behind them — but 2021 also brought us stories of Nina Simone’s gum, Solange’s time in the shadows, Tony Wilson’s wild days and Amy Winehouse’s rise and fall.

Ten years in the making, this is a vast and exhaustive trawl through the life and impact of Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, who died in 2007 aged 57; an unlikely mix of Alan Partridge-like regional TV presenter and empire-building prankster with a special ability to lose vast amounts of money. Paul Morley, who knew Wilson, covers everything from Wilson’s childhood to his years running the Haçienda club through to his final conceptual art statement:

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