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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy

Highly readable, hilarious, and at times even philosophical, Tweedy's memoir of discovering his passion for writing music and his rise to super-stardom is an excellent read. Like any good rock 'n roll memoir, sex and drugs make their appearance, but his wholesome stories about growing up in a small town, making a family and band-drama are what really make this book a memorable read. - Ashley

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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101985274
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Published: Dutton - October 1st, 2019

The Beautiful Ones by Prince

Though Prince has shed his mortal coil, I am utterly convinced he will never die. I’ve been a huge fan since the ’80s, when his unique voice, ridiculously witty lyrics, and irresistible dance grooves started taking over the airwaves. In addition to being a great songwriter, producer, singer, performer, dancer…the list goes on…he was also one of the best rock guitarists of all time. If you’re in doubt about this, listen again to “Let’s Go Crazy.” In any case, here, astonishingly, is the scrapbook/lyric sheet/photo collage/memoir-ish book he was working on when he transitioned to his next level of artistic brilliance. Like everything he ever created, it is utterly amazing. - Rico

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By Prince
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ISBN: 9780399589652
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Published: One World - October 29th, 2019

Music: A Subversive History by Ted Gioia

Music scholar extraordinaire Ted Gioia’s new book is a sweeping history of epic proportions. Ranging from the music of antiquity to the advent of modern streaming services, the book explores music’s dynamic relationship to culture, politics, and power. While the material is vast, Gioia’s sharp wit and astute observations make this a rewarding read. If music plays as important a role in your life as it does in mine, pick this one up. - Travis

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ISBN: 9781541644366
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Published: Basic Books - October 15th, 2019

As Serious as Your Life by Val Wilmer

Wilmer captures the explosive new energies that defined jazz in the 60s and 70s! Examining the lives and careers of both unknown artists and household names, she paints a vivid picture of what life was like for these members of the jazz vanguard, while also exploring the connections between art, politics, and being black in America. This book is raw and candid! - Travis

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By Val Wilmer, Richard Williams (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781788160711
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Published: Serpent's Tail - June 12th, 2018

The Bakersfield Sound by Robert E. Price

In an era where Nashville had a lock on the Country Western sound, Bakersfield became the center of a music revolution. Price tells the story of legends like Merle Maggard and Buck Owens through the venues, events, partnerships, and innovations that created a vivid, pulsing sound. Layering country music with rural folk traditions and electric guitar this music is unforgettable. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781597144155
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Published: Heyday Books - March 1st, 2018

Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy

It comes as no surprise that one of the most unique songwriters and best lyricists of the past twenty years is also a damn fine prose writer. Tweedy's book detailing his formative years in the seminal punk-country-folk band Uncle Tupelo and the formation and history of Wilco (one of my favorite bands ever) is funny, sad and deeply honest. For music fans, this is absolutely essential. - Rico

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ISBN: 9781101985267
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Published: Dutton - November 13th, 2018

The Birth of Loud by Ian S. Port

Throughout this fascinating history of the electric guitar and the rivalry between Leo Fender and Les Paul, the rich detail and description allow the reader to hear legends like Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix play the instruments that revolutionized rock music. This genre-crossing book will satisfy readers of postwar American history to music enthusiasts and beyond. - Kristi

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The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501141652
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Published: Scribner - January 15th, 2019

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz

When I was growing up in the 1990s, the Beastie Boys were always there for me, like the big brothers I never had. The Beastie Boys Book, like their music, defies genre, with pictures, contributions from other artists, a graphic novel, and even some of their favorite recipes. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780812995541
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Published: Random House - October 30th, 2018

Year of Wonder by Clemency Burton-Hill

Burton-Hill selects one piece each day for a year in this introduction to classical music. Spanning multiple genres, time periods, and regions, with 336 works and 240 composers, Year of Wonder is a beautifully curated playlist aimed at classical music aficionados as well as those who have wanted to enjoy classical music but haven’t known where to begin. Each song is paired with a story about the composer and the composition. - Rechelle

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ISBN: 9780062856203
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Published: Harper - October 30th, 2018

My Own Devices by Dessa

A virtuoso indie rapper who wields a philosophy degree and a reputation for unrequitable romance, Dessa is especially known for her Hamilton Mixtape track “Congratulations.” This exceptional memoir showcases the artist herself boldly acting out the poetic metaphors that make her music so powerful. In My Own Devices, Dessa works with neuroscientists to overcome the feeling of lost love. The autobiographical snapshots are anarchistic, beautiful, measured, anxious, eloquent, and brave. I loved it. - a.c.

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By Dessa
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ISBN: 9781524742294
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Published: Dutton - September 18th, 2018

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