Our favorite Music books!
In the '60s and '70s, America's music scene was marked by raucous excess, reflected in the tragic overdoses of young superstars such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, GQ, Billboard, JazzTimes
A New York Times Best Seller
A February IndieNext Pick
Named A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Buzzfeed, Nylon, The A. V. Club, CBC Books, and The Rumpus. And a Winter's Most Anticipated Book by Vanity Fair and The Week
Starred Reviews: Kirkus and Booklist
Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 12 biggest music memoirs this fall.
With a lifetime of experience, profound knowledge and understanding, and heartwarming appreciation, an internationally celebrated conductor and teacher answers the questions: Why should I listen to classical music? How can I get the most from the listening experience?
From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings
NPR's Best Books of 2019
From the creator of the popular rock 'n' roll true crime podcast, DISGRACELAND comes an off-kilter, hysterical, at times macabre book of stories from the highly entertaining underbelly of music history.$28.99ISBN: 9781476793108Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Simon & Schuster - October 22nd, 2019
Longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence
This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was.
Janis Joplin’s first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of the power of the blues,$32.50ISBN: 9780060749583Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Dey Street Books - October 1st, 2019
Filled with never-before-seen photos and art throughout, the much-anticipated autobiography from rock icon and lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry
BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL AND BORN TO BE PUNK$34.99ISBN: 9780814347287Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Wayne State University Press - October 14th, 2019
"Aretha was private. I respected this and she trusted me." Linda Solomon met Aretha Franklin in 1983 when she was just beginning her career as a photojournalist and newspaper columnist.$35.00ISBN: 9780300219272Published: Yale University Press - November 25th, 2019The first comprehensive collection of the letters of one of the most successful American songwriters of the twentieth century
From Anything Goes to Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter left a lasting legacy of iconic songs including "You're the Top," "Love For Sale," and "Night and Day." Yet, alongside his professional success, Porter l$35.00ISBN: 9780593135976Published: Clarkson Potter - October 1st, 2019
The Godfather of Punk and frontman for The Stooges offers insight into his creative world with this collection of lyrics brought to life by full-color photos, never-before-seen notes and memorabilia, short pieces by Iggy, and commentary from other music legends, including Danny Fields and Chris Stein from Blondie.
$40.00ISBN: 9780358181729Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 22nd, 2019A gorgeous compendium of Joni Mitchell’s handwritten lyrics and drawings, originally handcrafted as a gift for a select group of friends in 1971 and now available to the public for the first time
In 1971, as her album Blue topped charts around the world, Joni Mitchell crafted one hundred copies of Morning Glory on the Vine as a holiday gift for he$55.00ISBN: 9780525520542Published: Knopf - September 10th, 2019
The rich and colorful story of America's most popular music and the singers and songwriters who captivated, entertained, and consoled listeners throughout the twentieth century--based on the upcoming eight-part film series to air on PBS in September 2019$79.95ISBN: 9780714878089Published: Phaidon Press - October 30th, 2019
A beyond-cool look at the world of high-end audio design for passionate collectors, obsessive audiophiles, and design fans$90.00ISBN: 9780062939234Published: Amistad - November 19th, 2019
The ultimate collection of stunning photographs documenting the career of one of the world’s greatest superstars