All Hopped Up And Ready To Go: Music From The Streets Of NYC 1927-77 – Tony Fletcher (2010)
An epic book that begins with The Cotton Club and ends at Studio 54. In between there's jazz, mambo, folk, doo wop, rock'n'roll, the Brill Building, girlgroups, the Velvets, disco, punk and hip hop. Is there another city in the world that could lay claim to such a bewildering variety of music? Told with the emigrant's zeal of his adopted city (Fletcher is British), this is a love letter to NYC.