And that’s an invitation to make a reservation: May is Escape on a Musical Note

This month’s National Year of Reading theme is Escape. Here at Nowra Library, we think one of the best ways to escape the daily grind is music. That’s why, for the entire month of May, we’re focusing on books about music (and we’re not talking about your old piano books).

Whether it be about Mozart’s love life, a WWII captain’s precious mandolin or the trials of an ageing punk rocker, you can find plenty of musical fiction here at the library to strike a chord with you.  Of course, you might choose to celebrate our musical month by reading the biography or memoir of a famous composer or musician. Ever wondered why the Beatles really broke up (was it really Yoko’s fault?)  or why Keith Richards and Mick Jagger fell out? Is it really true that none of the members of Fleetwood Mac were speaking to each other in any way unrelated to the music when they wrote Rumours, one of the most successful albums of all time? Now might be a great time to find out.

Roll up for the magical mystery (musical) tour this month at Nowra Library! (Yes, that’s an invitation to make a reservation.)


 Musical Reads @ Nowra Library

Mozart’s Ghost by Julia Cameron
Mozart’s Sister by Rita Charbonnier
Bran Nue Dae by Jimmy Chi
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louise De Bernieres
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Rough Music by Patrick Gale
That’s Why I Wrote This Song by Susannee Gervay
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux 
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett 
Exit Music by Ian Rankin
The Devil’s Music by Jane Rusbridge
An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
The Music Makers by E. V. Thompson
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
Bumping into Geniuses: My life Inside the Rock’n’Roll Business by Danny Goldberg
Fleetwood Mac: The Definitive History by Mike Evans
Mick & Keith by Chris Salewicz
Madonna by Andrew Morton
John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me: The Real Beatles Story by Tony Barrow
How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly
Hard Road: the Life and Times of Stevie Wright by Glenn Goldsmith

Staff pick: ‘Life’ by Keith Richards

Inspired by the National Year of Reading, and looking to escape “on a musical note”, I picked up a copy of  “Life” By Keith Richards with James Fox.  Talk about entertaining!  A fabulous read with the bonus of re-discovering the 60’s all over again. Having been a big fan of The Beatles back then, (and yes, I saw them in concert in Sydney in 1964!), it was an eye-opener to read about the birth of the Stones, who were definitely an antidote to the clean cut “Fab Four”.  Keith was instrumental (pardon the pun) in bringing the Stones together and developing their musical style, inspired by their heroes  of the time, who were playing raw blues and rock ‘n roll. Although Keith’s wild side is there warts and all, his knowledge, passion  and dedication to his music is a revelation … a real page-turner! – Kristin

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