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
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
An NPR Best Book of the Year
"Without God Save the Queens, it is possible that the contributions of dozens of important female hip-hop artists who have sold tens of millions of albums, starred in monumental films, and influenced the direction of the culture would continue to go unrecognized." —AllHipHop.com
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: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.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, music you co$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: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.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: 9780300219272Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: 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$55.00ISBN: 9780525520542Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: 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$16.99ISBN: 9780060936228Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD$16.99ISBN: 9780062295903Published: Dey Street Books - December 1st, 2015
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith's Just Kids.$16.00ISBN: 9780399184765Published: Riverhead Books - October 25th, 2016
From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, the book Kim Gordon says "everyone has been waiting for" and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015-- a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life--and finding yourself--in music.$21.00ISBN: 9780544814653Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 25th, 2016From the inimitable Nick Cave comes a mesmerizing exploration of love, inspiration, and memory that chronicles his 2014 twenty-two-city American tour with the Bad Seeds.
The Sick Bag Song began life scribbled on paper airlinesick bags during Cave’s 2014 tour.