5. DYLAN JONES - THE WICHITA LINEMAN
Being a massive Jimmy Webb fan this book was a dream, taking us through the song Witchita Lineman, the times it was written in and the best biog I have read on Webb, including an interview with the man himself.
4. KENNETH WOMACK - JOHN LENNON 1980; The Last Days Of A Life
The Beatles' most meticulous historian takes us through John Lennon's 1980, how he finds himself and his muse, making Double Fantasy and lighting up the world again before being tragically taken from us.
3. CRAIG BROWN - ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR; The Beatles In Time
Took time to get into Brown's bizarre collage of stories and thoughts but eventually I can to love it. I particularly loved how he brought the losers in the story alive - Pete Best, Jimmie Nicol, Cliff Richard... and eventually Brian Epstein.
2. 75 VAN SONGS - STUART BAILIE
A Morrison book by Stuart Bailie is way overdue and when it came for Van's 75th Birthday it was a beautiful thing. Taking 75 of Morrison's songs Bailie brought them to their geographical places and spiritual spaces. Like a piece of art all in itself.
1. MIKEL JOLLETT - HOLYWOOD PARK
Jollett is the main man of indie rock band Airborne Toxic Event. He has quite the story, The child of a cult and a mixed up mum and alcoholic father this is the memoir of a boy who somehow found his way out of what could have been a tragic life to not only survive but thrive.