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Surrender

40 Songs, One Story

By: Bono
Narrated by: Bono
Length: 20 hours 24 minutes

“In Surrender, Bono gives you personal insight into his life, the creation of U2, and the inspiration for some of U2’s most iconic songs. But even more so, he goes into detail about his advocacy and how they came to be. And he shares some amazing stories about the famous people that he has had the opportunity to meet and work with. With every... Read more

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Her Country

How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be

By: Marissa R. Moss
Narrated by: Kelli Tager
Length: 11 hours 17 minutes

The full and unbridled inside story of the last twenty years of country music through the lens of Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, and Kacey Musgraves—their peers and inspirations, their paths to stardom, and their battles against a deeply embedded boys’ club, as well as their efforts to transform the genre into a more inclusive place for all (and... Read more

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The Birth of Loud

Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll

By: Ian S. Port
Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

“A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history” (The New York Times Book Review), this one-of-a-kind narrative masterfully recreates the rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar’s amplified sound—Leo Fender and Les Paul—and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and... 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 when... Read more

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Don't Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You

A Memoir

By: Lucinda Williams
Narrated by: Lucinda Williams
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The iconic singer-songwriter and three-time Grammy winner opens up about her traumatic childhood in the Deep South, her years of being overlooked in the music industry, and the stories that inspired her enduring songs in this “bracingly candid chronicle” (The Wall Street Journal).
 
“[Williams’s] memoir transmutes the... Read more

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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

“This slim cultural study lovingly explores how Dolly Parton’s music has given a voice to generations of working-class women. Parton is one of the few celebrities that has a truly unifying effect, bringing folks together from all walks of life. This book will give you a greater (if that’s even possible) appreciation of Dolly and might even give... Read more

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Good Booty

Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music

By: Ann Powers
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
Length: 13 hours 22 minutes

In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race.In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became... Read more

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King of the Blues

The Rise and Reign of B.B. King

By: Daniel De Visé
Narrated by: Cary Hite
Length: 17 hours 7 minutes

Riley “Blues Boy” King (1925-2015) was born into deep poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi. Wrenched away from his sharecropper father, B.B. lost his mother at age ten, leaving him more or less alone. Music became his emancipation from exhausting toil in the fields. Inspired by a local minister’s guitar and by the records of Blind Lemon Jefferson and... Read more

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Songs of America

Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation

By: Jon Meacham & Tim McGraw
Narrated by: Jon Meacham & Tim McGraw
Length: 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

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Broken Horses

A Memoir

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

“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 Libro.fm audiobook makes it even better. Brandi not only reads, but sings throughout the book. Read more

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Rap Capital

An Atlanta Story

By: Joe Coscarelli
Narrated by: Landon Woodson
Length: 14 hours 17 minutes

An “impassioned tribute” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) to the most influential music culture today, Atlanta rap—a masterful, street-level story of art, money, race, class, and salvation from acclaimed New York Times reporter Joe Coscarelli.

From mansions to trap houses, office buildings to strip clubs, Atlanta is defined by its rap music.... Read more

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How Music Works

By: David Byrne
Narrated by: Andrew Garman & David Byrne
Length: 13 hours 9 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • David Byrne’s incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social, or technological—now updated with a new chapter on digital curation.

“How Music Works is a buoyant hybrid of social history, anthropological survey,... Read more

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Year of the Monkey

By: Patti Smith
Narrated by: Patti Smith
Length: 4 hours 31 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... Read more

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Bessie Smith

A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend

By: Jackie Kay
Narrated by: Jackie Kay & Adjoa Andoh
Length: 5 hours 24 minutes

A beautiful genre-bending tribute to the larger-than-life blues singer Bessie Smith.Scotland’s National Poet blends poetry, prose, fiction, and nonfiction to create an entirely unique biography of the Empress of the Blues.

There has never been anyone else like Bessie Smith. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1894 and orphaned by... Read more

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Born to Run

By: Bruce Springsteen
Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
Length: 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

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Major Labels

A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres

By: Kelefa Sanneh
Narrated by: Kelefa Sanneh
Length: 18 hours 59 minutes

One of Oprah Daily's 20 Favorite Books of 2021 • Selected as one of Pitchfork's Best Music Books of the Year

One of the best books of its kind in decades.The Wall Street Journal

An epic achievement and a huge delight, the entire history of popular music over the past fifty years refracted through the big genres that have defined and dominated...
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Dolly Parton, Songteller

My Life in Lyrics

By: Dolly Parton
Narrated by: Dolly Parton
Length: 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 Award–winning artist weaves her words with... Read more

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Beaumonster

A Memoir

By: Jesse Dayton
Narrated by: Jesse Dayton
Length: 8 hours 45 minutes

A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE ADVENTURES OF FIRST-RATE STORYTELLER, GUITARIST, AND RELENTLESS ROAD WARRIOR JESSE DAYTON
 
Jesse Dayton’s story reads like a who’s who of American music. In his debut memoir Beaumonster, Dayton reveals the stranger-than-fiction encounters and outlandish experiences that have ensued across his wide-ranging career.... Read more

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Saved by a Song

The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

By: Mary Gauthier
Narrated by: Mary Gauthier
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

This program is read by the author and includes original music and a bonus conversation with Amy Ray of Indigo Girls.

From the Grammy nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song

Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny’s old guitar and taught herself... Read more

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Hip-Hop (And Other Things)

By: Shea Serrano
Narrated by: Bernardo Cubria
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

HIP-HOP (AND OTHER THINGS) is the third book in the (And Other Things) series. The first two—Basketball (And Other Things) and Movies (And Other Things)—were both #1 New York Times bestsellers. Read more

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