Personally, I like dancing about architecture. Anything good, essential, illuminating, trashy, or obsessive that everyone should know about? My library has a way better section on music than it has any right to and I plan on devoting some time to sorting through it while I'm here.
'Please Kill Me' is a great read about the original New York punk scene told through first hand accounts. Quick, brutal, and hilarious. Lester Bangs is great even though he's kind of the Nirvana of the music writing scene, spawning countless grating imitators. Greil Marcus has some interesting perspectives although sometimes he tends to over-intellectualize. The All Music Guide books are extremely helpful in navigating the genres they cover. The electronica one is what dragged me out to the library in the first place. I can't exaggerate how much it helped me find out about great shit when I was a teenager.
What are some of yr favorites?
(Also, fuck you if this thread already exists. 'Music' and 'books' are way too vague of terms to search for on this board.)