Whether you're enjoying your winter break on a remote island or working through the dark days, nothing beats a good book and good music. We've listed 5 books by artists for you to add to your collection. No worries if you can’t finish them anytime soon, they all look really nice on your coffee table as well.
Kanye West - Glow In The Dark Tour
The self-proclaimed Picasso of our time. Or Walt Disney. Or Steve Jobs. Confidence isn’t one of Kanye’s weaknesses, but that doesn’t automatically mean he’s wrong. Back in 2008, West toured the world with one of the most spectacular shows in music history. Together with Rihanna, Nas, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D., Kanye performed 61 shows to support his Graduation album. This book details everything, from stage decor to outfits and lighting. Whatever your opinion on Kanye West, he knows how to make a good product. This book is no different. With beautiful behind the scenes photos and insightful anecdotes, The Glow In The Dark Tour is a must-have in your collection.
Jay-Z - Decoded
He’s not a businessman, he’s a business, man. Jay doesn’t give many interviews, but in Decoded, he details his rise from the backstreets of Brooklyn to the top of the charts. While he doesn’t share a complete insight in his private life, this book does reveal a lot about Shawn Carter and his music. If you want to know what the real meaning is behind 99 Problems, you should definitely pick up this excellent autobiography by one of hiphop’s greats.
Pharrell - Spaces And Places I've Been
More than a musician, Pharrell is a creative force in music, fashion, art and design. This book is an amazing read and a great look on your coffee table. You’ll get insights about his time with N*E*R*D*, The Neptunes and his work with The Billionaire Boys Club. In a visual way that has Pharrell written all over it, this book details his influence on popular culture. With contributions by Jay-Z, Anna Wintour, Hans Zimmer and Kanye West, Spaces And Places is a must-have. Another nice touch: you don’t know which colour you’ll receive when ordering.
Questlove - Mo’ Meta Blues
You might know him as the drummer of The Roots. Or from his excellent collection of bow ties. And you can catch him every night on Jimmy Fallon. But he’s also one of the most insightful musicians around. Mo’ Meta Blues details his rise to fame and gives a unique insight in his musical influences. Amir Thompson, Questlove’s real name, grew up in Chicago and has become your favourite musician’s favourite musician. Read about him.
Shea Serrano - The Rap Yearbook
Okay, this book isn't by a musical artist, but it's about a lot of them. If you want one definitive selection of the most important rap song of every year since 1979, this is the book you're looking for. Shea Serrano gives hilarious insights on songs you’ve forgotten about and gives a personal touch to songs you’ll never forget. From Public Enemy to Jay-Z and Kanye West, The Rap Yearbook takes you on a journey through hiphop history. Next to sharp blurbs by other authors, the book is illustrated with gorgeous artwork by Arturo Torres. This one’s good for your mind and your bookshelf.