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2021 Music Reads

2021 Music Reads

New books released in 2021 related to music (biography, memoirs, poetry).

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The T-Shirts I Love

By Haruki Murakami
Narrated by: Kotaro Watanabe
Length: 1 hours 43 minutes

The international literary icon opens his eclectic closet: Here are photographs of Murakami’s extensive and personal T-shirt collection, accompanied by essays that reveal a side of the writer rarely seen by the public.

Considered "the world's most popular cult novelist" (The Guardian), Haruki Murakami has written books that have galvanized... Read more »

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Sister, Brother, Family

An American Childhood in Music

By Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson & Chris Barton
Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant & Kimberly Farr
Length: 13 minutes

The first ever children's book by music legend Willie Nelson and his sister and bandmate Bobbie Nelson!

"We had so little money, but so much love."

He was a boy with a guitar. She was a girl with a piano. Raised by loving grandparents in Depression-era rural Texas, their humble beginnings playing local shows to put food on the table started... Read more »

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Made In Hollywood

All Access with the Go-Go's

By Gina Schock
Narrated by: Gina Schock, Lyssa Brown, Charles Leggett & Kathy Valentine
Length: 2 hours 54 minutes

The Go-Go’s were the first all-female rock group in history to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and reach the top of the Billboard charts with their #1 album, Beauty and the BeatMade In Hollywood is drummer Gina Schock’s personal account of the band, which includes a treasure trove of photographs and memorabilia collected... Read more »

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Music Is History

By Questlove & Ben Greenman
Narrated by: Questlove
Length: 11 hours

In MUSIC IS HISTORY bestselling author and Sundance award-winning director Questlove harnesses his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and his deep curiosity about history to examine America over the past fifty years. MUSIC IS HISTORY focuses on the years 1971 to the present, not only the country’s most complex and rewarding half-century... Read more »

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I Dream He Talks to Me

A Memoir of Learning How to Listen

By Allison Moorer
Narrated by: Allison Moorer
Length: 5 hours 16 minutes

From a Grammy-nominated musician comes a lyrical testament to love and resilience through the lens of parenting her young son, who has nonverbal autism.

When Allison’s son, John Henry, stopped using his growing vocabulary just before his second birthday, she knew in her bones that something was shifting. In the years since his autism diagnosis,... Read more »

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Earth's Wild Music

Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World

By Kathleen Dean Moore
Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

At once joyous and somber, this thoughtful gathering of new and selected essays spans Kathleen Dean Moore's distinguished career as a tireless advocate for environmental activism in the face of climate change.

In this meditation on the music of the natural world, Moore celebrates the call of loons, howl of wolves, bellow of whales, laughter of... Read more »

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Unrequited Infatuations

A Memoir

By Stevie Van Zandt
Narrated by: Stevie Van Zandt
Length: 14 hours 26 minutes

Uncover never-before-told stories in this epic tale of self-discovery by a Rock n Roll disciple and member of the E Street Band.

What story begins in a bedroom in suburban New Jersey in the early '60s, unfolds on some of the country's largest stages, and then ranges across the globe, demonstrating over and over again how Rock and Roll has the... Read more »

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Night Music

A Novel

By Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 13 hours 9 minutes

Now published in the United States for the first time—an early novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars

Isabel Delancey, a classical violinist, has always taken her comfortable life for granted. But when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt, she and her two children are forced to abandon... Read more »

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The History of Bones

A Memoir

By John Lurie
Narrated by: John Lurie
Length: 15 hours 3 minutes

The quintessential depiction of 1980s New York and the downtown scene from the artist, actor, musician, and composer John Lurie

“A picaresque roller coaster of a story, with staggering amounts of sex and drugs and the perpetual quest to retain some kind of artistic integrity.”—The New York Times

In the tornado that was downtown New York in the... Read more »

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You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone

The Biography of Nico

By Jennifer Otter Bickerdike
Narrated by: Jennifer Otter Bickerdike & Christa Lewis
Length: 13 hours 41 minutes

A new, definitive biography of the iconic and mysterious singer, Warhol superstar, Velvet Underground collaborator: influential solo artist Nico.YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU ARE ALONE is a new biography of Nico, the mysterious singer best known for her work with the Velvet Underground and her solo album Chelsea Girl. Her life is tangled in... Read more »

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Coke Machine Glow

By Gordon Downie
Narrated by: Dan Ayckroyd, Robbie Baker, Clare Downie, Clemens Downie, Lou Downie, Willo Downie, Johnny Fay, Sarah Harmer, Dave "Billy Ray" Koster, Paul Langlois, Ron MacLean, Bruce McCulloch, Kaya Usher & Various
Length: 1 hours 4 minutes

Gordon Downie, lead singer and lyricist for the popular Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, released his first solo record, Coke Machine Glow in Spring 2001. Alongside the album, his first book of poetry and prose under the same title was published, including the lyrics to the sixteen songs on the record. Now, on the 20th anniversary year of... Read more »

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Black Music Is

By Marcus Amaker
Narrated by: Marcus Amaker
Length: 8 minutes

“Black Music Is" is a poetic love letter to Black music and history, through the ears of Bebop the cat. 

The book weaves poetry and pop-surrealist illustration, teaching readers about icons like Big Mama Thornton, BB King, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Max Roach, Prince and Alice Coltrane. It also mentions modern-day musicians Our Native Daughters,...

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Permanent Damage

Memoirs of an Outrageous Girl

By Mercy Fontenot
Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

Mercy Fontenot was a Zelig who grew up in the San Francisco Haight-Ashbury scene, where she crossed paths with Charles Manson, went to the first Acid Test, and was friends with Jimi Hendrix (she was later in his movie Rainbow Bridge). She predicted the Altamont disaster when reading the Rolling Stones's tarot cards at a party and left San... Read more »

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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Revised and Expanded Edition

By Jessica Hopper
Narrated by: Mozhan Marno & Ella Turenne
Length: 10 hours 9 minutes

An acclaimed, career-spanning collection from a fiercely feminist and revered contemporary rock critic, reissued with new material

Throughout her career, spanning more than two decades, Jessica Hopper, a revered and pioneering music critic, has examined women recording and producing music, in all genres, through an intersectional feminist... Read more »

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Please Please Tell Me Now

The Duran Duran Story

By Stephen Davis
Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

Lifelong fans and interested newcomers will love this stunning biography of Duran Duran by the bestselling author of Gold Dust Woman and Hammer of the Gods.
In Please Please Tell Me Now, bestselling rock biographer Stephen Davis tells the story of Duran Duran, the quintessential band of the 1980s. Their pretty boy looks made them the stars of... Read more »

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In the Heights

Finding Home

By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes & Jeremy McCarter
Narrated by: America Ferrera, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes & Jeremy McCarter
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

The eagerly awaited follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new book gives listeners an extraordinary inside look at In the Heights, his breakout Broadway debut, written with Quiara Alegría Hudes, now a Hollywood blockbuster.

“[An] exuberant, unique, and invaluable record of dynamic, brilliant,...
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There's No Bones in Ice Cream

Sylvain Sylvain's Story of the New York Dolls

By Sylvain Sylvain & Dave Thompson
Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

There's No Bones in Ice Cream by Sylvain Sylvain is the inside story of glam heroes the New York Dolls—outrageous, defiant, sleaze kings, transgender posers, drug casualties, and victims, not just of their own excess but of an unsympathetic music industry that simply didn't know how to process them. Sylvain, one of only two surviving members of... Read more »

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Fallopian Rhapsody

The Story of the Lunachicks

By The Lunachicks
Narrated by: The Lunachicks & Jeanne Fury
Length: 9 hours 27 minutes

Dive into this no-holds-barred group autobiography of the critically acclaimed feminist punk-rock group, The Lunachicks—featuring never-before-seen materials from the band's private archive.

Fallopian Rhapsody: The Story of the Lunachicks is a coming-of-age tale about a band of NYC teenagers who forged a sisterhood, found salvation, and fervently... Read more »

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By Sinéad O'Connor
Narrated by: Sinéad O'Connor
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

From the acclaimed, controversial singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor comes a revelatory memoir of her fraught childhood, musical triumphs, fearless activism, and of the enduring power of song.
Blessed with a singular voice and a fiery temperament, Sinéad O’Connor rose to massive fame in the late 1980s and 1990s with a string of gold records. By... Read more »

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A Novel

By Andrew O'Hagan
Narrated by: Andrew O'Hagan
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

An unforgettable coming-of-age novel that becomes a profound mediation on life, death, and lifelong friendship.

Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life.

In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, James and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked... Read more »

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