I tend to read non-fiction and these days a lot of music biography.
Currently into Howard Sounes bio of Lou Reed. He was interviewed by Heppers on a Word podcast and has written some impressive books on Dylan. He is highly opinionated so when he starts getting into the solo career it could get a bit contentious. There is a lot of salacious detail about the drugs and sex but I love the gossip, they are inextricably part of the whole Lou Reed persona and why would you bother with a book on someone without the grubby bits?
Sitting on the bedside table are 2 books just in from the tax dodgers. John Collins is a great west African musicologist having moved to Ghana in 1952. I’ve got another book on Fela by Carlos Moore which was indulgent crap (but some nice pics) so expecting much better this time.
Books on Zimbabwean music are usually scholarly works by ethnomusicologists. I’ve never seen a book on a Zim “pop” artist. Banning Eyre has worked with and promoted Thomas in America. I think he got exposed to him in Zim a lot later than me but reading will confirm. Banning wrote a good book about going to Mali to be taught by the grat Djelimady Tounkara and withThomas being a musical obsession of mine I cant wait to get into this book