Hothouse journalism as craft and art creative writing courseSome books what I writ.

(This means that I get paid if you buy ’em)

Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix And Postwar Pop (Canongate Books)

“… a sparkling homage, far more readable than most books about pop music.”
Jeremy Harding’s review in London Review of Books

“Called by ‘Entertainment Weekly’ ‘The best book on Hendrix’, Crosstown Traffic rode their A-list for over two months and won the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. Roots-savvy British critic Charles Shaar Murray assesses the lifework of guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the context of black musical tradition, social history, and the upheaval of the 1960s.”

Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker In The American Twentieth Century (Canongate Books)

“[Boogie Man is] brilliantly told” Mojo

The Hellhound Sample (Headpress)

“… comes alive every time someone strums a chord or opens their mouth to sing. Fans of the music will enjoy Murray’s spirited homage.” Review by Jonathan Gibbs in the Independent.

Shots From the Hip by Charles Shaar Murray out on Kindle published Aaaargh Press Shots From the Hip (Aaaargh! Press, Kindle edition)

‘One of the best British writers on pop music, and this is a compilation of HIS best.’

‘Charles Shaar Murray was always the best read’

‘The New Musical Express was one of the big things in my life … there was outrageous writing by Charles Shaar Murray, Nick Kent and, later, Julie Burchill — what they were writing was unbelievable! The NME was so important for lonely suburban kids. It was a lifeline.’

‘This is an extremely intelligent man who happens to find expression and pleasure in a genre that many comparable intellects dismiss as worthless. For those whose love of rock music has survived their apprehension of its partial absurdity, this book is there to be savoured, to be read slowly and with a great deal of relevant musical accompaniment.’

‘Murray’s work is particularly impressive because it was written at the time. Murray ragged on Blondie and the Clash, for example, before anyone had heard of them.’

Charles Shaar Murray Guitar Geek Dossier ebook Aaaargh PressThe Guitar Geek Dossier (Aaaargh! Press, Kindle edition.)

A collection of 25 columns from Guitarist magazine by legendary author and journalist Charles Shaar Murray.

‘The Johnny Cash of rock journalism.’

‘The rock critic’s rock critic.’


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(This means that I don’t)

Shots From The Hip (Penguin Books)

Blues On CD (Kyle Cathie)

David Bowie: An Illustrated Record (with Roy Carr) (Eel Pie/Avon Books)

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