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#1: Songs of America
Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation
By Jon Meacham & Tim McGraw
7 hours 40 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A celebration of American history through the music that helped to shape a nation, by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and music superstar Tim McGraw
“Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw form an irresistible duo—connecting us to music as an unsung force in our nation's history.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin
Through all the years of... Read More »
#2: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
Narrated by Carrie Brownstein / 7 hours 4 minutes
“Carrie is a natural-born performer and hearing her read her own book is delightful. The way the narration blends with music as the story progresses is perfect for this format.”Nicole, Dundee Book Company
#3: More Myself
By Alicia Keys
9 hours 55 minutes
**An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning production**
This program is read by Alicia Keys, with special guest appearances by family and friends, including Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, and Michelle Obama.
An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression
As one of the most celebrated musicians in the world, Alicia... Read More »
#4: Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)
A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.
By Jeff Tweedy
8 hours 12 minutes
The singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known for his work with Wilco, opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.
Few bands have inspired as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it's thanks, in large part, to the band's singer, songwriter, and guiding light: Jeff Tweedy. But while his... Read More »
#5: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup
By David Browne
21 hours 43 minutes
"In what is the most comprehensive biography of the group to date, Browne compiles a fun and fast-paced music history.... an authoritative chronicle." --Publishers Weekly
The first and most complete narrative biography of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, by acclaimed music journalist and Rolling Stone senior writer David Browne
Even in the... Read More »
#6: Sympathy for the Drummer
Why Charlie Watts Matters
By Mike Edison
Narrated by Mike Edison / 4 hours 54 minutes
Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters is both a gonzo rush—capturing the bristling energy of the Rolling Stones and the times in which they lived—and a wide-eyed reflection on why the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World needed the world's greatest rock 'n' roll drummer. Across five decades, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts... Read More »
#7: In the Pleasure Groove
Love, Death, and Duran Duran
By John Taylor
Narrated by John Taylor / 7 hours 54 minutes
John Taylor, Duran Duran’s co-founder, takes the reader on a wild ride through his life. From the eighties through today, from Rio to All You Need is Now, John writes about the music, the parties, and the MTV videos that made millions swoon.
With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest music of our time. From the disco dazzle... Read More »
#9: Split Tooth
By Tanya Tagaq
Narrated by Tanya Tagaq / 5 hours 30 minutes
“Tanya Tagaq is a musical artist in more ways than one. As a world-renowned Inuit throat singer, she has already stunned the world with her powerful songs and lyrics, but now in her first memoir, an explosive combination of narrative, poetry, myth, truth, and ferocity, she weaves the story of a young girl who comes of age in a small Arctic town, bound by boredom and violence, natural wonder and the spirit world. Life is a beautiful and terrifying thing, and Split Tooth contains all of it.”Melinda, Bookshop Santa Cruz
#10: Beastie Boys Book
12 hours 40 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.
The inspiration for the Spike Jonze “live documentary” Beastie Boys Story, coming soon to IMAX... Read More »
#11: Angels in America
A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
By Tony Kushner, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Bobby Cannavale & Edie Falco
6 hours 52 minutes
Presenting an original audiobook performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival.
In this production, adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National... Read More »
#12: Go Ahead in the Rain
Notes to A Tribe Called Quest
Narrated by Ron Butler / 6 hours 17 minutes
“This monument to A Tribe Called Quest is constructed with the perfect combination of history, memoir, and sentiment. Go Ahead in the Rain is an accurate, honest documentation of the band, their music, and the time. Abdurraqib describes one particular lyrical style as ‘the words bleeding into each other until the language itself becomes an instrument.’ These words could also be said of his book. Brilliantly entertaining, informative, and self-reflective. This is essential reading.”Mary Goree, Green Apple Books
A Backstage Tour of What the Music Industry Can Teach Us about Economics and Life
9 hours 6 minutes
Alan Krueger, a former chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, uses the music industry, from superstar artists to music executives, from managers to promoters, as a way in to explain key principles of economics, and the forces shaping our economic lives.
The music industry is a leading indicator of today's economy; it is among... Read More »
Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Mariska Hargitay / 6 hours 2 minutes
A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, now streaming on Disney+ with the original... Read More »
#15: The Art of Asking
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
By Amanda Palmer & Brené Brown
Narrated by Amanda Palmer / 11 hours 27 minutes
“What could an indie punk rock cabaret star (The Dresden Dolls), married to one of the world’s most celebrated fantasy writers (Neil Gaiman), teach the average person about asking for and accepting help? A lot, apparently! Personal stories turn into advice, vignettes turn into examples, revelations turn into promises; and before too long, The Art of Asking becomes a well-crafted roadmap for living your truth, advocating from the heart for what you need, and trusting in your community – your friends, your fans, and your family – to help provide it.”BrocheAroe, River Dog Book Co.
#16: Home Work
A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
13 hours 23 minutes
In this New York Times bestselling follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, Home, Julie Andrews reflects on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria.
In Home, the number one New York Times international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her... Read More »
#17: Year of the Monkey
By Patti Smith
Narrated by Patti Smith / 3 hours 48 minutes
“Thanks to Libro.fm I just spent six hours with Patti Smith in my car. There is no better balm for getting unstuck than to listen to someone clearly enlivened by aging, loss, death and elections. Admittedly, Patti's global walkabout In The Year of the Monkey, a memoir of her life approaching the age of 70, often blurs dream and reality - and I've not worked out the meaning of the candy wrappers yet - but still. This book has got soul, and I've listened to it twice. Aside from learning that she likes beans and eggs for breakfast, Patti writes with a raw and compelling lucidity about being, writing, gratitude and truth. Listen to it twice.”Nancy, Northshire Bookstore
#18: A Dream About Lightning Bugs
A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
By Ben Folds
Narrated by Ben Folds / 8 hours 33 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.
“A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell.”—Sara Bareilles
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND PASTE
Ben Folds... Read More »
#19: Born to Run
Narrated by Bruce Springsteen / 18 hours 12 minutes
The revelatory and wildly bestselling memoir by legendary rock star Bruce Springsteen: “Glorious…a philosophically rich ramble through a rock ’n roll life…It’s the lyric he was born to write” (USA TODAY, 4 out of 4 stars).
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life. The result is... Read More »
#20: Acid for the Children
By Flea & Patti Smith
9 hours 3 minutes
New York Times Bestseller A #1 LA Times Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller One of NPR's "Favorite Books of 2019"
The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd want from an LA street rat turned world famous rock star.
In Acid... Read More »
#21: A Song for You
My Life with Whitney Houston
10 hours 24 minutes
The New York Times Bestseller!
After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story.
Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and... Read More »
#22: Horror Stories
By Liz Phair
9 hours 17 minutes
The two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter behind the groundbreaking album Exile in Guyville traces her life and career in a genre-bending memoir in stories about the pivotal moments that haunt her.
When Liz Phair shook things up with her musical debut, Exile in Guyville—making her as much a cultural figure as a feminist pioneer and rock... Read More »
Tales of Music and the Brain
By Oliver Sacks
Narrated by John Lee / 11 hours 5 minutes
Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does–humans are a... Read More »
#24: Sing Backwards and Weep
By Mark Lanegan
Narrated by Mark Lanegan / 11 hours 56 minutes
A gritty, gripping memoir by the singer Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Soulsavers), chronicling his years as a singer and drug addict in Seattle in the '80s and '90s
"Mark Lanegan-primitive, brutal, and apocalyptic. What's not to love?"
-Nick Cave, author of The Sick Bag Song and... Read More »
#25: The Hard Problem
By Tom Stoppard
Narrated by Eddie Cahill, Rosie Fellner, Adhir Kalyan, Desiree Mee Jung, Julian Morris, Hannah Murray, Moira Quirk & Alex Wyndham / 1 hour 47 minutes
Hilary believes fervently that consciousness is more than the sum of our biology. When she receives a position at a prestigious think tank, she develops a novel experiment to prove that humans are intrinsically altruistic, but the results are something she never anticipated.
Includes a post-show discussion with Mark Tramo, a neuroscientist,... Read More »
#26: I Would Leave Me If I Could
A Collection of Poetry
Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me if I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder.
In this debut collection, Halsey bares her soul. Bringing the same artistry found in her lyrics,... Read More »
#27: Mozart's Starling
7 hours 16 minutes
“A quirky book that I completely loved! Not a bird person, nor a big Mozart fan but the details were so incredible and startling! Loved the back and forth between Mozart's history and the author's.”Suzanne, Page 158 Books
#28: Our Band Could Be Your Life
Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991
Narrated by Michael Azerrad, Dave Longstreth, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Franzen, Laura Jane Grace, Colin Meloy, Jon Wurster, Merrill Garbus, Fred Armisen, Corey Taylor, Sharon Van Etten, Phil Elverum & Stephin Merritt / 21 hours 6 minutes
“This is my absolute favorite music book - in-depth looks at indie rock bands all across the country during the late 1970s and 1980s showcasing the diversity of music on the margins throughout that decade. Punk aggression, twee affectations, jangly power pop, and college radio bands are all linked in their rejection of the mainstream (at least until they signed to major labels).”David, Avid Bookshop
#29: Hard to Handle
The Life and Death of the Black Crowes--A Memoir
By Steve Gorman & Steven Hyden
Narrated by Steve Gorman / 13 hours 37 minutes
Black Crowes drummer and cofounder Steve Gorman shares the band's inside story in this behind-the-scenes biography, from their supernova stardom in the '90s to exhilarating encounters with industry legends.
For more than two decades, the Black Crowes topped the charts and reigned supreme over the radio waves, even as hair bands, grunge, and... Read More »
#30: Sing for Your Life
A Story of Race, Music, and Family
Narrated by Ryan Vincent Anderson / 8 hours 53 minutes
The New York Times bestseller about a young black man's journey from violence and despair to the threshold of stardom: "A beautiful tribute to the power of good teachers" (Terry Gross, Fresh Air).
"One of the most inspiring stories I've come across in a long time."-Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review
Ryan Speedo Green had a tough upbringing... Read More »
The Many Strange Faces of Hardcore Punk
By Sam McPheeters & Tobi Vail
Narrated by Sam McPheeters / 6 hours 14 minutes
How can so many people pledge allegiance to punk, something with no fixed identity? Depending on who and where you are, punk can be an outlet, excuse, lifestyle, escapism, conversation, community, ideology, sales category, social movement, punishable offense, badge of authenticity, reason to drink beer forever, or an aesthetic of belligerent... Read More »
#32: Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
By Gayle Wald
The untold story of 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe, America’s first rock guitar diva
Long before “women in rock” became a media catchphrase, African American guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe proved in spectacular fashion that women could rock. Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915, Tharpe was gospel’s first... Read More »
#33: Listen to This
By Alex Ross
Narrated by Alex Ross / 14 hours 31 minutes
One of The Telegraph's Best Music Books 2011
Alex Ross's award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross... Read More »
#34: All I Ever Wanted
Narrated by Kathy Valentine / 9 hours 37 minutes
At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go's-and the band needed a bassist. The Go-Go's became the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play instruments themselves, write their own songs, and have a number one album. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat,... Read More »
#35: Johnny Cash
The Redemption of an American Icon
Narrated by George Newbern / 9 hours 21 minutes
Join Greg Laurie, pastor and bestselling author of Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, as he takes you on a personal journey into the life and legend of Johnny Cash.
At the peak of his career, Cash had done it all—living the ultimate rags-to-riches story of growing up on a cotton farm in the Deep South to becoming a Nashville and... Read More »
#36: God Save the Queens
The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop
Narrated by Bahni Turpin & Kathy Iandoli / 10 hours 6 minutes
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop meets Girls to the Front in this essential and long overdue history of hip-hop’s female pioneers and its enduring stars.
Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop to Shea Serrano’s The Rap Yearbook, focuses primarily on men, glaringly omitting a thorough and respectful examination... Read More »
#37: No Walls and the Recurring Dream
By Ani DiFranco
11 hours 26 minutes
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"A memoir as fierce, freewheeling, and passionate as her music."
--O, the Oprah magazine
A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco
In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression,... Read More »
#38: Words Will Break Cement
The Passion of Pussy Riot
By Masha Gessen
Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie / 7 hours 56 minutes
The heroic story ofPussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies
On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedralof Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored dresses, tights, andbalaclavas, they performed a “punk prayer” beseeching the “Mother of God” to“get rid of Putin.” They were quickly shut down by... Read More »
#39: Voice Lessons
A Sisters Story
By Cara Mentzel & Idina Menzel
Narrated by Cara Mentzel & Idina Menzel / 9 hours 1 minute
"Cara Mentzel's voice is crisp and clear as she narrates her own story of growing up as Broadway star Idina Menzel's little sister. The relationship between sisters is a complex one, and listeners will feel all the love and, at other times, all the pain in Cara's voice." — AudioFile Magazine
This program is read by Cara Mentzel, with a forward... Read More »
#40: This Is Your Brain on Music - Abridged
The Science of a Human Obsession
Narrated by Edward Herrmann / 6 hours 9 minutes
What can music teach us about the brain? What can the brain teach us about music? And what can both teach us about ourselves?
In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin (The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind) explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how... Read More »
#41: Brother Robert
Growing Up with Robert Johnson
Narrated by Janina Edwards / 4 hours 30 minutes
This intimate memoir by blues legend Robert Johnson's stepsister includes new details about his family, music, influences, tragic death, and musical afterlife.
Though only twenty-seven years young and relatively unknown at the time of his tragic death in 1938, Robert Johnson's enduring recordings have solidified his status as a progenitor of... Read More »
#42: Beyond Broadway
The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America
By Stacy Wolf
Narrated by Romy Nordlinger /
The idea of American musical theatre often conjures up images of bright lights and big city, but its lifeblood is found in amateur productions at high schools, community theatres, afterschool programs, summer camps, and dinner theatres. In Beyond Broadway, author Stacy Wolf looks at the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in... Read More »
#43: Ted Templeman
A Platinum Producer's Life in Music
By Greg Renoff & Ted Templeman
Narrated by Sean Runnette / 14 hours 23 minutes
Crafting smash hits with Van Halen, The Doobie Brothers, Nicolette Larson, and Van Morrison, legendary music producer Ted Templeman changed the course of rock history This autobiography (as told to Greg Renoff) recounts Templeman's remarkable life from child jazz phenom in Santa Cruz, California, in the 1950s to Grammy-winning music executive... Read More »
A Life in Music and Protest
By Ian Zack
9 hours 28 minutes
The first in-depth biography of the legendary singer and “Voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” who combatted racism and prejudice through her music.
Odetta channeled her anger and despair into some of the most powerful folk music the world has ever heard. Through her lyrics and iconic persona, Odetta made lasting political, social, and cultural... Read More »
#45: Dave Brubeck
A Life in Time
By Philip Clark
15 hours 34 minutes
The definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck ("Take Five")
In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days, he shadowed the Dave Brubeck Quartet during their extended British tour, recording an epic interview with the bandleader. Brubeck opened... Read More »
#46: The Song Machine
Inside the Hit Factory
Narrated by Dion Graham / 9 hours 23 minutes
New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells a fascinating story of creativity and commerce that explains how songs have become so addictive. Over the last two decades a new type of song has emerged. Today's hits bristle with "hooks," musical burrs designed to snag your ear every seven seconds. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight... Read More »
Narrated by Group / 7 hours 7 minutes
Chronicling the landmark events in Beethoven's life, this book enhances understanding of the composer's character, inspiring a deeper appreciation for his work.
George Alexander Fischer illuminates the composer’s difficult childhood, his struggle to maintain friendships and romances, his ungovernable temper, his obsessive efforts to control his... Read More »
#48: Lou Reed
Narrated by Peter Coleman / 16 hours 51 minutes
The essential biography of one of music's most influential icons: Lou Reed.
As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once a source of transcendent beauty and coruscating noise, violated all definitions of genre while speaking to millions of fans and... Read More »
#49: Queen of Bebop
The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan
Narrated by Allyson Johnson / 13 hours 1 minute
Queen of Bebop brilliantly chronicles the life of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the twentieth century and a pioneer of women’s and civil rights.
Sarah Vaughan, a pivotal figure in the formation of bebop, influenced a broad array of singers who followed in her wake, yet the breadth and depth of... Read More »
#50: The Leonard Bernstein Letters
Narrated by George Guidall / 23 hours 41 minutes
Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician - a brilliant conductor who attained international super-star status, and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals (West Side Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Psalms), film scores (On the Waterfront), and much more. Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter... Read More »
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