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2021 Music Reads

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

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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: TBA

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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Unrequited Infatuations

A Memoir

By Stevie Van Zandt
Narrated by: Stevie Van Zandt
Length: TBA

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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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

“Ferocious and wise, funny and tragic, raging and forgiving, and I loved every page.”—Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

In the tornado that was downtown New York in the 1980s, John Lurie stood at... 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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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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Pop Song

Adventures in Art & Intimacy

By Larissa Pham
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

Pop Song

Pop Song is an engaging blend of art criticism, memoir, and travelogue with the raw and confessional style of the microblogging generation. Larissa Pham’s prose bounces seamlessly and dexterously from looking outward to inward and back with equal attention, passion, and insight.”

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Crying in H Mart

A Memoir

By Michelle Zauner
Narrated by: Michelle Zauner
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

Crying in H Mart

“I was struck by just how much I loved this book for how it walks through grief not as a way to leave it behind, but as a way to remember its exact shape. I’m grateful for its funny, self-deprecating, and wise observations, and for its difficult beauty.”

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Broken Horses

A Memoir

By Brandi Carlile
Narrated by: Brandi Carlile
Length: 10 hours 2 minutes

Broken Horses

“For Brandi Carlile fans, her memoir Broken Horses is an intimate look into her life and her music. I always pull up songs mention in books I am reading, but in this case, the audiobook makes it even better. Brandi not only reads, but sings throughout the book. ”

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Anoint My Head

How I Failed to Make it as Britpop Indie Rockstar

By Andy Macleod
Narrated by: Andy Macleod
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

It’s 1992 and Horace dreams of becoming a rockstar with his band the Pointy Birds. The only problem is that his day-job (mis)filing vinyl in a Soho record store is stealing all his time and energy, plus rival bands like Suede, Blur, Pulp and Radiohead are moving on to bigger and better things. But then someone called Ricky offers his services as...

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The Hard Crowd

Essays 2000-2020

By Rachel Kushner
Narrated by: Rachel Kushner
Length: 7 hours 52 minutes


The Hard Crowd is wild, wide-ranging, and unsparingly intelligent throughout.” —Taylor Antrim, Vogue

From a writer celebrated for her “chops, ambition, and killer instinct” (John Powers, Fresh Air), a career-spanning collection of spectacular essays about politics and culture.

Rachel... Read more »

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Simple Dreams

A Musical Memoir

By Linda Ronstadt
Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

In this memoir, iconic singer Linda Ronstadt weaves together a captivating story of her origins in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California music scene of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Tracing the timeline of her remarkable life, Linda Ronstadt, whose forty-five year career has encompassed a wide array of musical styles, weaves... Read more »

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Face the Music

A Memoir

By Peter Duchin & Patricia Beard
Length: TBA

In this poignant memoir, the internationally celebrated bandleader reflects on family, illness, grief, and a bygone era of glamour, contemplating not just his career but the history of midcentury music and nightlife—and the enormously important role that the bandstand played in his life.

The internationally-famous bandleader Peter Duchin's six... Read more »

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