Six top page-turners to add to your shelves
Looking to curl up with a good book? The Best Book nominees at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 have got your back. Each will take you into a different realm of the music world, be that the intimate details of David Bowie‘s life, or pounding the New York streets with The Strokes, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs et al. Delve into the potential award-winners below – you won’t regret it.
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
Who: Newly anointed MBE and grime godfather.
What: Wiley's story, taking you from his childhood through to how he became the influential figure in one of the UK's most exciting music scenes.
Why does it deserve to win?: It's an account of a life in music that's honest, insightful and, at times, absolutely blistering.
Who: New York rapper and infamous foodie.
What: Bronson's guide to the recipes that he's collected throughout his life, from chimis to potpie.
Why does it deserve to win?: It's not your standard cookbook, bringing together cookery, travel, and, of course, weed.
Who: GQ editor who previously penned When Ziggy Played Guitar.
What: A Bowie biography with a difference. Jones lets the people in the icon's life (and Bowie himself) tell his story, from his beginnings in the suburbs to becoming the beloved starman he's remember as today.
Why does it deserve to win?: It's a compelling read that feels like it takes you closer to Bowie than ever before.
Who: Former editor of Uncut and ex-Melody Maker writer and editor.
What: Tales of rock'n'roll excess, brawls, and bizarreness featuring some of the world's most iconic stars, including Lou Reed, The Clash, The Smiths, David Bowie, and more.
Why does it deserve to win?: It's a riot of a read that makes the world of rock'n'roll feel exactly how it should - wild, dangerous, and breathtakingly thrilling.
Who: New York-based journalist Lizzy Goodman, who was right in thick of things when the world turned its eyes on the city's '00s indie scene.
What: An oral history that weaves the history of NYC between 2001 and 2011, using the recollections and reminisces of the bands, industry figures, and characters who were a part of it.
Why does it deserve to win?: Just try reading it and not wishing you were hanging out in dive bars on the Lower East Side watching the madness unfurl before you.
Who: The sample-loving '80s saboteurs who burned a million quid.
What: An odyssey into a strange, dystopian world that heavily references the group, while lampooning current culture.
Why does it deserve to win?: You'll either love it or hate it, but 2023 is yet another intriguing and inimitable entry into The KLF's legacy.