Memoirs from Carly Simon, Elvis Costello and Carrie Brownstein hit the shelves this fall, along with a deep dive inside the pop-music factory. See what music-focused books people will be buzzing about.
I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones (Gallery Books, Sept. 29)
The path-breaking model/singer/actress traces her journey from Jamaica to the fashion runways of Paris and then onto Studio 54 and Hollywood with appearances from Andy Warhol, Jessica Lange, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others.
The Song Machine Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook (Norton, Oct. 5)
How do hit songs get made and how have they changed over the years? The New Yorker writer Seabrook explores how digital technology has changed music-making, likening the musical “bliss point” to how snack food designers create junk food that is at once satisfying and yet leaves you wanting more.