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Original Gangstas

by Ben Westhoff & J. D. Jackson Hachette Books (September 13, 2016)

A monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.

Amid rising gang violence, the crack...

Your Song Changed My Life

by Bob Boilen HarperAudio (April 12, 2016)

From the beloved host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including...

She Begat This

by Joan Morgan & Janina Edwards Simon & Schuster Audio (August 07, 2018)

An NPR 2018 Great Read

Celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed and influential debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with this eye-opening and moving exploration of Lauryn Hill and her remarkable...

Cowboys and Indies

by Gareth Murphy & Ralph Lister Blackstone Publishing (June 17, 2014)

Cowboys and Indies is the definitive record-businessbible, chronicling the pioneers who set the stylus on the most important labelsand musical discoveries of the last century. The narrative follows all themusical...

Solid State

by Kenneth Womack, William Hughes & Alan Parsons Blackstone Publishing (January 14, 2020)

In Solid State, Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account of the conception, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road.

In February 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album...

This Land That I Love

by John Shaw & Traber Burns Blackstone Publishing (November 05, 2013)

A narrative history of the writing of "This Land Is YourLand" and "God Bless America" that uncovers the conflicts and common groundbetween two classic patriotic songs

February, 1940. After a decade of worldwide...

From Moonshine to Armadillos

by Joe Bevilacqua, Willie Nelson, Others & Kenneth Threadgill et al. BearManor Media (April 01, 2013)

Veteran award-winning producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts this hour-long program outlining the history of Threadgill's and Armadillo World Headquarters, their contribution to the birth of the Austin music scene, and...

The Story of Music

by Howard Goodall & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (March 01, 2014)

A dynamic and expansive tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop songs

Music is an intrinsic part of everyday life, and yet thehistory of its development from single...


by Miles Davis, Dion Graham & Quincy Troupe Blackstone Publishing (February 01, 2012)

Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life.

Miles: The Autobiography, like...


by Jake Brennan Grand Central Publishing (October 01, 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.

You may...

The Rest Is Noise

by Alex Ross & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (October 16, 2007)

The scandal over modern music has not died down. While modern paintings by Picasso and Pollock sell for a hundred million or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring onward still send...

Jazz 101

by John F. Szwed & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (June 25, 2005)

Jazz 101 is a fascinating entrée into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed...

Classical Music 101

by Fred Plotkin Blackstone Publishing (June 25, 2005)

The author who has taught tens of thousands of people to love opera now introduces readers to the rich and soul-stirring world of classical music.

From the author of the bestselling Opera 101 comes a comprehensive...

Marian McPartland's Jazz World

by Marian McPartland Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

In this collection of musical portraits, jazz pianist and radio host Marian McPartland pays sparkling tribute to such beloved and legendary figures as Benny Goodman, Bill Evans, Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Alec...

Iggy Pop

by Paul Trynka & William Dufris Blackstone Publishing (March 24, 2010)

Iggy Pop’s legendary career has been tumultuous, reaching great heights, producing mega-hits, while at times hitting rock-bottom lows in jail and mental institutions. Along the way, he’s become a cult rock...

When Giants Walked the Earth

by Mick Wall & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (October 22, 2009)

Veteran rock journalist Mick Wall unflinchingly tells the story of the band that pushed the envelope on both creativity and excess, even by rock ’n’ roll standards. Led Zeppelin was the last great band of...

Room Full of Mirrors

by Charles R. Cross & Lloyd James Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women’s hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross...

The Book of Exodus

Love for Sale

by David Hajdu & George Newbern Blackstone Publishing (October 18, 2016)

From revered music critic David Hajdu comes a personal, idiosyncratic history of popular music.

David Hajdu begins Love for Sale, his personal history of recorded pop music, in an unexpected place--not with nostalgic...


by Ted Gioia & Jamie Renell Basic Books (October 15, 2019)

From the dawn of civilization to the modern-day music scene, this breathtaking global history reveals how songs have shifted societies and sparked revolutions.

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories...

Laurel Canyon

by Michael Walker & Lloyd James Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name...

Miles to Go

by Chris Murphy & Patrick Lawlor Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Miles to Go is a frank and intimate exploration of Miles Davis’ eccentric working life, drug habits, paranoia, depression, and subsequent recovery. Murphy explores Davis’ troubled relationship with his children...

The Way It Was

by Eliot Weisman & David Aston Reese Hachette Books (October 24, 2017)

A candid and eye-opening inside look at the final decades of Sinatra's life told by his longtime manager and friend, Eliot Weisman.

By the time Weisman met Sinatra in 1976, he was already the Voice, a man who...

Fare Thee Well

by Joel Selvin, Pamela Turley & John Glouchevitch Da Capo Press (June 19, 2018)

A tell-all biography of the epic in-fighting of the Grateful Dead in the years following band leader Jerry Garcia's death in 1995

The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist...

Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me

by Steven Hyden & Ben Sullivan Little, Brown & Company (May 17, 2016)

Steven Hyden explores nineteen music rivalries and what they say about life in this "highly entertaining" book (Rolling Stone) perfect for every passionate music fan.

Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye...

Last Train to Memphis

by Peter Guralnick & Kevin Stillwell Little, Brown & Company (November 01, 2012)

Written with grace, humor, and affection, Last Train to Memphis has been hailed as the definitive biography of Elvis Presley. It is the first to set aside the myths and focus on Elvis' humanity in a way that...

A Mad Love

by Vivien Schweitzer & Lisa Flanagan Basic Books (September 18, 2018)

A lively introduction to opera, from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century

There are few art forms as visceral and emotional as opera--and few that are as daunting for newcomers. A Mad Love offers a spirited...


by Ian Winwood & Kevin T. Collins Da Capo Press (November 20, 2018)

A group biography of '90s punk rock told through the prism of Green Day, The Offspring, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and more

Two decades after the Sex Pistols and the Ramones birthed punk music...