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Fairewaves: Remixed Music

Fairewaves: Remixed Music

Ride the waves of indie, rock, punk, rhythm, and soul as you tune in to our musical selections in audiobooks, both new and beloved. Let us know if you notice a book that we haven't included!

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Happiness Becomes You

By Tina Turner
Narrated by: Adrienne Warren
Length: 4 hours 39 minutes

Tina Turner—living legend, icon to millions, and author of the “brave and wry” (Vulture) memoir My Love Story—returns with a deeply personal book of wisdom that explores her longstanding faith in Buddhism and provides a guide to these timeless principles so you can find happiness in your own life.

I dedicate this book to you…
in honor of your
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She Come By It Natural

Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs

By Sarah Smarsh
Narrated by: Sarah Smarsh
Length: 4 hours 33 minutes

In this Time Top 100 Book of the Year, the National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland “analyzes how Dolly Parton’s songs—and success—have embodied feminism for working-class women” (People).

Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed firsthand the particular... Read more »

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Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust

My Friendship with Patsy Cline

By Loretta Lynn
Narrated by: Patsy Lynn Russell
Length: 4 hours 58 minutes

Discover the "important and inspiring" and never-before-told complete story of the remarkable relationship between country music icons Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn (Miranda Lambert).

Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends—country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #5 Kathy Valentine with Lizz Winstead at Greenlight Bookstore

By Kathy Valentine
Narrated by: Lizz Winstead
Length: 57 minutes

Rock legend Kathy Valentine, bassist for the Go-Gos drummer, riffs on her memoir All I Ever Wanted /em> with fellow icon Lizz Winstead, humorist and founder of the Daily Show. Like the book, their conversation covers a lot of ground: the highs and lows of rock & roll, the challenges of being a woman in entertainment, abortion rights,...

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Simon the Fiddler

A Novel

By Paulette Jiles
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 11 hours 39 minutes

Simon the Fiddler

“Texas is not a typical setting for a novel staged at the end of the Civil War and the chaotic months immediately after. A skinny fiddle player and an indentured servant are not the typical romantic western protagonists. But the story of these two, along with a host of lovable and despicable support characters, vivid descriptions of the country and culture of Texas in the mid-1860s make Simon the Fiddler a winner. Add in the masterful voice of narrator Grover Gardner and this is an unforgettable audiobook experience.”

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All I Ever Wanted

A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

By Kathy Valentine
Narrated by: Kathy Valentine
Length: 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 »

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More Myself

A Journey

By Alicia Keys
Narrated by: Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Bono, Clive Davis, Craig Cook, DJ Walton, Jay-Z, Krucial, Leigh Blake, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Swizz Beats & Terri Augelo
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

**Winner of the 2021 Audie Award for Narration by Author or Authors**
**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...

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The Book of Exodus

The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Album of the Century

By Vivien Goldman
Narrated by: Vivien Goldman
Length: 12 hours 54 minutes

Here is an unforgettable portrait of Bob Marley and an acutely perceptive appreciation of his musical and spiritual legacy.

Reggae superstar Bob Marley is one of the world’s most important and influential artists. Exodus, named by Time magazine as “Album of the Century,” is Bob Marley’s masterpiece of spiritual exploration. Recorded in London...

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Her Life and Music

By Holly George-Warren
Narrated by: Nina Arianda
Length: 12 hours 19 minutes

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... Read more »

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A Visit from the Goon Squad

By Jennifer Egan
Narrated by: Roxana Ortega
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other... Read more »

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Music from Another World

By Robin Talley
Narrated by: Jayme Mattler & Emily Lawrence
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil... Read more »

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The Many Strange Faces of Hardcore Punk

By Sam McPheeters
Narrated by: Sam McPheeters
Length: 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 »

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Bowie's Bookshelf

The Hundred Books that Changed David Bowie's Life

By John O'Connell
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes

Three years before David Bowie died, he shared a list of 100 books that changed his life. His choices span fiction and nonfiction, literary and irreverent, and include timeless classics alongside eyebrow-raising obscurities.

In 100 short essays, music journalist John O'Connell studies each book on Bowie's list and contextualizes it in the... Read more »

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Better Days Will Come Again

The Life of Arthur Briggs, Jazz Genius of Harlem, Paris, and a Nazi Prison Camp

By Travis Atria
Narrated by: David Sadzin
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

Arthur Briggs's life was Homeric in scope. Born on the the tiny island of Grenada, he set sail for Harlem during the Renaissance, then to Europe in the aftermath of World War I, where he was among the first pioneers to introduce jazz music to the world. During the legendary Jazz Age in Paris, Briggs's trumpet provided the soundtrack while... Read more »

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Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues

Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls

By Monique W. Morris
Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
Length: 6 hours 2 minutes

A groundbreaking and visionary call to action on educating and supporting girls of color, from the highly acclaimed author of Pushout.

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth-telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In her... Read more »

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The Beautiful Ones

By Prince
Narrated by: Esperanza Spalding, Adepero Oduye & Dan Piepenbring
Length: 3 hours 4 minutes

The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words—featuring the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death

Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an... Read more »

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Touched by the Sun

My Friendship with Jackie

By Carly Simon
Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
Length: 5 hours 39 minutes

A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha’s Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship.

Carly Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made an unlikely pair—Carly, a free and artistic spirit still reeling from her recent divorce, searching for meaning, new love, and an anchor; and Jackie, one of the most celebrated,...

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Jeff Buckley

His Own Voice

By author
Narrated by: Reeve Carney, Robert Petkoff & David Browne
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes

The journals, notebooks, musings, and early song drafts of Jeff Buckley, the late singer best-known for the definitive version of "Hallelujah" and his classic album Grace, including dozens of evocative photos of his personal effects and ephemera.
After the release of his acclaimed debut album, Grace, in 1994, Jeff Buckley quickly established... Read more »

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Horror Stories

A Memoir

By Liz Phair
Narrated by: Liz Phair
Length: 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 »

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Face It

A Memoir

By Debbie Harry
Narrated by: Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Alannah Currie & Gary Valentine
Length: 8 hours 57 minutes

A vinyl edition of Face It, the much-anticipated autobiography from rock icon and lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry. Face It Vinyl is performed by Debbie Harry with vocal guest appearances from Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Alannah Currie, and Gary Valentine with original music by Chris Stein. Face It Vinyl features two colored records filled with...

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