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Dolly Parton, Songteller
My Life in Lyrics
By Dolly Parton
Narrated by Dolly Parton / 5 hours 17 minutes
A Recorded Books Audio Original production of songs and stories performed by Dolly herself, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics goes beyond the glitz, glamour, and rhinestones to the warmth, heart, and soul of a treasured pop-culture icon. In this exclusive audio performance, the ten-time Grammy Awardwinning artist weaves her words with... Read more »
She Come By It Natural
Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs
By Sarah Smarsh
Narrated by Sarah Smarsh / 4 hours 33 minutes
The National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland focuses her laser-sharp insights on a working-class icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture: Dolly Parton.
Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed firsthand the particular vulnerabilities—and... Read more »
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
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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 »
The Butterfly Effect
How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo / 9 hours 9 minutes
This first cultural biography of rap superstar and “master of storytelling” (The New Yorker) Kendrick Lamar explores his meteoric rise to fame and his profound impact on a racially fraught America—perfect for fans of Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s Empire State of Mind.
Kendrick Lamar is at the top of his game.
The thirteen-time Grammy Award–winning... Read more »
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
Narrated by 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 »
How to Write One Song
Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back
By Jeff Tweedy
Narrated by Jeff Tweedy / 3 hours 8 minutes
There are few creative acts more mysterious and magical than writing a song. But what if the goal wasn't so mysterious and was actually achievable for anyone who wants to experience more magic and creativity in their life? That's something that anyone will be inspired to do after reading Jeff Tweedy's How to Write One Song.
Why one song?... Read more »
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 »
Looking To Get Lost
Adventures in Music and Writing
Narrated by Jim Meskimen / 17 hours 51 minutes
By the bestselling author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll and Last Train the Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, this dazzling new book of profiles is not so much a summation as a culmination of Peter Guralnick’s remarkable work, which from the start has encompassed the full sweep of blues, gospel, country, and rock 'n' roll.
... Read more »
Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?
Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock
Narrated by Stephen R. Thorne / 9 hours 31 minutes
In 1969, in Capitol Records' Hollywood studio, a blonde-haired troubadour named Larry Norman laid track for an album that would launch a new genre of music and one of the strangest, most interesting careers in modern rock. Having spent the bulk of the 1960s playing on bills with acts like the Who, Janis Joplin, and the Doors, Norman decided that... Read more »
By Alicia Keys
Narrated by Alicia Keys, Swizz Beats, Terri Augelo, America Ferrera, Bono, Clive Davis, Craig Cook, DJ Walton, Jay-Z, Krucial, Leigh Blake, Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey / 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 »
Let Love Rule
By Lenny Kravitz & David Ritz
Narrated by Lenny Kravitz / 6 hours 40 minutes
“I see my story as a suite of songs that have a magical connection. I never understood that connection until I sat down to write. It was then that the magic started to flow.”
Let Love Rule is a work of deep reflection. Lenny Kravitz looks back at his life with candor, self-scrutiny, and humor.
“My life is all about opposites,” he writes. “Black... Read more »
I Would Leave Me If I Could.
A Collection of Poetry
Narrated by Halsey / 1 hour 32 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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-heard poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder.
In this intimate audio performance of her debut collection, Halsey bares... Read more »
Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music
By Alex Ross
Narrated by Alex Ross / 28 hours 20 minutes
This program is read by the author, and includes excerpts from Richard Wagner's musical compositions throughout.
A New York Times Notable Books of 2020
Alex Ross, renowned New Yorker music critic and author of the international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Rest Is Noise, reveals how Richard Wagner became the proving ground for... Read more »
Acid for the Children
By Flea & Patti Smith
Narrated by Flea / 9 hours 3 minutes
With "virtuosic vulnerability" (The Atlantic), the iconic bassist and Red Hot Chili peppers co-founder pens a love letter to a youth spent wild in Los Angeles in his raw and riveting coming-of-age memoir.
In Acid for the Children, Flea takes readers on a deeply personal and revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the... Read more »
A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
Narrated by Julie Andrews / 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 »
Year of the Monkey
By Patti Smith
Narrated by Patti Smith / 3 hours 48 minutes
“I’m convinced that Patti Smith is the reincarnation of some spiritual mystic. Someone like Joan of Arc or Hildegard von Bingen. At this point I am committed to only listening to her audiobooks because her words are even more powerful in her own dreamy cadence. I sound like a school girl mooning over her first loved celebrity but, I can’t say it’s that different for me. I’ve lived and read enough to know that Patti Smith will forever be a literary icon for me and if you disagree, I maintain that you either haven’t read her yet OR you are wrong (insert tongue sticking out emoji). Anyway. I always struggle to review Patti’s books because her dream-like writing style is hard for me to appropriately express. In Year of the Monkey, Patti struggles with two incredible losses of lifelong friends, she struggles with the odd world we all find ourselves living in now, she struggles with dreams. Her prose (as it always seems to, but more so in this book) jumps quickly and fluidly from heady esoteric musings to a fluorescent glimpse into reality. A fever dream of images, are they real or a part of her beautiful mind. Patti is obsessed with a beach covered in candy wrappers, why isn’t this in the news? An out of place conversation with strangers about Robert Bolano. A dreamy vision of discussing Ayers Rock with Sam Shepherd, and the stark reality of his declining health. If you are unfamiliar with Patti Smith and/or her books, I encourage you wholeheartedly to pick one of them up, get lost in her incredible mind and musings. If not for the sake of understanding this bumbling mess of a review, for yourself so that you too can be drunk on her words and lost for your own. ”Chelsea, McLean & Eakin Booksellers
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.
The Triumph of Broadway
Narrated by Shaun Taylor-Corbett / 9 hours 43 minutes
The extraordinary story of a transformative decade on Broadway, featuring gripping behind-the-scenes accounts of shows such as Rent, Angels in America, Chicago, The Lion King, and The Producers—shows that changed the history of the American theater.
The 1990s was a decade of profound change on Broadway. At the dawn of the nineties, the British... Read more »
The True Story of the Replacements
By Bob Mehr
Narrated by Mary Lucia / 20 hours 33 minutes
Based on all-new interviews and including 72 rare photos, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements is the definitive boigraphy of one of the last great rock 'n' roll bands of the twentieth century. Written with the participation of the group's key members, including reclusive singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, and... Read more »
Beastie Boys Book
Narrated by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz & Various / 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 »
By Rob Halford
Narrated by Rob Halford / 12 hours 24 minutes
The legendary frontman of Judas Priest, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, celebrates five decades of heavy metal in this tell-all memoir.
Most priests hear confessions. This one is making his.
Rob Halford, front man of global iconic metal band Judas Priest, is a true "Metal God." Raised in Britain's hard-working, heavy... Read more »
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
Narrated by Carrie Brownstein / 7 hours 4 minutes
“For music lovers, for fans of Sleater-Kinney or Portlandia, or for anyone who loves a great memoir. Brownstein dives into childhood, rebellion, dating, touring, and much more. She has a way of getting to the raw, hidden truth of each of these, exposing her heart to the reader in a way that will expose some of your own hidden truths. Also, there's music samples!”Elon, Left Bank Books
The Life and Times of an American Original
Narrated by Sean Crisden / 25 hours 29 minutes
Thelonious Monk is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist's struggle to "make it" without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the twentieth century. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental,... Read more »
Negro Music in White America
By LeRoi Jones
Narrated by Prentice Onayemi / 8 hours 54 minutes
"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music-through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel, development, jazz...[If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this... Read more »
Songs Are Only Half the Story
Narrated by Jewel / 10 hours 20 minutes
New York Times bestselling poet and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir that covers her childhood to fame, marriage, and motherhood.When Jewel's first album, Pieces of You, topped the charts in 1995, her emotional voice and vulnerable performance were... Read more »
The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius
Narrated by Michael Butler Murray / 15 hours
A fitting tribute to the troubled genius who revolutionized electric bass playing and bridged the gaps between jazz, R&B, rock, and funk. From his early days in R&B club bands through his international stardom with fusion group Weather Report and on to his solo career and tragic death at age thirty-five, this book portrays the life and... Read more »
Inside Joy Division
By Peter Hook
Narrated by Peter Hook / 7 hours 48 minutes
In Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, Peter Hook, bassist for the legendary, groundbreaking band Joy Division, takes readers backstage with the group that helped define the sound of a generation and influenced artists such as U2, Radiohead, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Unlike other books about Joy Division, Factory Records, or lead singer... Read more »
Symphony for the City of the Dead
Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
Narrated by M. T. Anderson / 10 hours 20 minutes
A 2016 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers a brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony.
In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to... Read more »
Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris / 12 hours 20 minutes
A publishing event from music legend Paul Simon: an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Simon’s full participation—but without his editorial control—by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn.
For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways... Read more »
Music Theory Bundle
The Complete Guide to Learn How to Play Piano, Keyboard, Guitar and Understand Music Theory. 4 Books in 1
By Larry Sowle
Narrated by Michael Jacobson / 14 hours 3 minutes
The piano and the guitar are two of the most important instruments in modern and contemporary music. From jazz and classical music to pop and folk, these instruments are responsible for some of the most unforgettable pieces of music the human mind has ever produced.
In this special bundle, you're going to discover how to finally master these two... 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 »
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
A Song for You
My Life with Whitney Houston
Narrated by Robyn Crawford / 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 »
Girl in a Band
By Kim Gordon
Narrated by Kim Gordon / 7 hours 13 minutes
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... Read more »
Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions
1983 and 1984
Narrated by Ron Butler / 19 hours 6 minutes
His journey is meticulously documented through detailed accounts of his time secluded behind the doors of the recording studio as well as his days on tour. With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of the Revolution and the Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an... Read more »
Remain in Love
Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
By Chris Frantz
Narrated by Chris Frantz / 15 hours 26 minutes
Two iconic bands. An unforgettable life.
**This program is read by Chris Frantz**
One of the most dynamic groups of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Talking Heads, founded by drummer Chris Frantz, his girlfriend Tina Weymouth, and lead singer David Byrne, burst onto the music scene, playing at CBGBs, touring Europe with the Ramones, and creating hits like... Read more »
Me and Sister Bobbie
True Tales of the Family Band
Narrated by Willie Nelson & Bobbie Nelson / 6 hours 55 minutes
The untold story of Willie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie, who, over the course of their lives together, supported each other through personal tragedies and triumphs and forged an unbreakable bond through their shared love of music
Abandoned by their parents as toddlers, Willie and Bobbie Nelson found their love of music almost immediately... Read more »
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)
A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.
By Jeff Tweedy
Narrated 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 »
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
Narrated by Allison Moorer & Shelby Lynne / 6 hours 49 minutes
The Grammy- and Academy Award- nominated singer-songwriter's haunting, lyrical memoir, sharing the story of an unthinkable act of violence and ultimate healing through art
Mobile, Alabama, 1986. A fourteen-year-old girl is awakened by the unmistakable sound of gunfire. On the front lawn, her father has shot and killed her mother before turning... Read more »
The Rest Is Noise
Listening to the Twentieth Century
By Alex Ross
Narrated by Grover Gardner / 23 hours 7 minutes
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 ripples of unease through audiences; yet the influence of modern sound can be felt everywhere. Alex Ross, music critic for the New Yorker,... Read more »
Narrated by Linda Henning / 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
Songs of America
Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation
By Jon Meacham & Tim McGraw
Narrated 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 »
This Thing Called Life
Prince's Odyssey, On and Off the Record
By Neal Karlen
Narrated by Neal Karlen / 11 hours 28 minutes
This program is read by the author.
A warm and surprisingly real-life biography of one of rock’s greatest talents: Prince.
Neal Karlen was the only journalist Prince granted in-depth press interviews to for over a dozen years, from before Purple Rain to when the artist changed his name to an unpronounceable glyph. Karlen interviewed Prince for... Read more »
Do What You Want
The Story of Bad Religion
By Bad Religion & Jim Ruland
Narrated by Rob Shapiro / 10 hours 24 minutes
From their beginnings as teenagers experimenting in a San Fernando Valley garage dubbed "The Hell Hole" to headlining major music festivals around the world, DO WHAT YOU WANT tells the whole story of Bad Religion's forty-year career in irreverent style.
DO WHAT YOU WANT's principal storytellers are the four voices that define Bad Religion: Greg... 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 »
Do You Feel Like I Do?
By Peter Frampton & Alan Light
Narrated by Peter Frampton / 10 hours 43 minutes
A revelatory memoir by rock icon and legendary guitarist Peter Frampton.
Do You Feel Like I Do? is the incredible story of Peter Frampton's positively resilient life and career told in his own words for the first time. His monu-mental album Frampton Comes Alive! spawned three top-twenty singles and sold eight million copies the year it was... Read more »
All I Ever Wanted
A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir
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 »