Florence Welch is in New Zealand this week with Florence and the Machine, playing at Laneway Festival as well as doing a standalone concert. She's recently published a book Useless magic: Lyrics and poetry that adds her to a select group of musicians - those who've had their poetry and/or lyrics published in book form. The first one I remember of this rarefied genre was Jewel's A Night without Armor back in the 90s. I haven't actually read it, but I remember it was a big deal.
— William Ottens (@williamottens) December 4, 2018
Here are some more books of poetry and lyrics by artists. As you'd expect, solid representation by Leonard Cohen:
- Useless magic: Lyrics and poetry Florence Welch
- Tears for water: Songbook of poems and lyrics Alicia Keys
- The Lyrics of Leonard Cohen
- Leonard Cohen: Poems and songs
- Lyrics 1962 to 2001 Bob Dylan
- Pass thru fire: the collected lyrics Lou Reed
- The complete poems and lyrics Joni Mitchell
- Book of longing Leonard Cohen
- The rose that grew from concrete Tupac Shakur
- Sick bag song Nick Cave (there is also a book of his lyrics The Complete Lyrics 1978-2013)
Faber Social is the outstanding imprint when it comes to this kind of book (they also have Jarvis Cocker as Editor-At-Large):
- Mother, brother, lover: selected lyrics Jarvis Cocker
- Lit up inside: Selected lyrics Van Morrison
- So This Is Permanence, Book Joy Division : Lyrics and Notebooks
There are a couple of Aotearoa lyrics/poetry books to lay your hands upon:
Word is the next muso coming out with a book of poems is Lana Del Rey. Yes please.
Books by a select group of musicians - those who've had their poetry and/or lyrics published in book form. The first one I remember of this rarefied genre was Jewel's A Night without Armor back in the 90s.