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Libro.fm Picks: For the Pop-Culturist

Libro.fm Picks: For the Pop-Culturist

Looking for an audiobook you'll love, but not sure where to start? Browse these audiobooks for pop-culturists!

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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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Bad Feminist

Essays

By Roxane Gay
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

“Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there.”  — Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

A New York Times Bestseller

Best Book of the Year: NPR • Boston Globe •...

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Dead Girls

Essays on Surviving an American Obsession

By Alice Bolin
Narrated by: Em Eldridge
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes

“Dead Girls is everything I want in an essay collection: provocative lines of inquiry, macabre humor, blistering intelligence... I love this book. I want to take it into the middle of a crowded room and hold it up and scream until someone tackles me the ground; even then, I’d probably keep screaming.”
— Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body...

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Black Nerd Problems

Essays

By William Evans & Omar Holmon
Narrated by: William Evans & Omar Holmon
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes

Black Nerd Problems

“I really enjoyed their talking about all things nerd related, and I am rethinking Legend of Kora after reading their analysis of why they loved it. I listened to the audiobook version and I liked the fact that they read the audiobook themselves.”

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The Storyteller

Tales of Life and Music

By Dave Grohl
Narrated by: Dave Grohl
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

Read by Dave Grohl. Features excerpts from five never before heard demos performed by Dave Grohl and an original story exclusive to The Storyteller audiobook.

So, I've written a book.

Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do four hours of interviews, find someone else...

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Will

By Will Smith
Narrated by: Will Smith
Length: 16 hours 16 minutes

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the... Read more »

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Tacky

Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer

By Rax King
Narrated by: Rax King
Length: 7 hours 12 minutes

An irreverent and charming collection of deeply personal essays about the joys of low pop culture and bad taste, exploring coming of age in the 2000s in the age of Hot Topic, Creed, and frosted lip gloss—from the James Beard Award-nominated writer of the Catapult column "Store-Bought Is Fine”

Tacky is about the power of pop... Read more »

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The 2000s Made Me Gay

Essays on Pop Culture

By Grace Perry
Narrated by: Grace Perry
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

This program is read by the author.

From The Onion and Reductress contributor, this collection of essays is a hilarious nostalgic trip through beloved 2000s media, interweaving cultural criticism and personal narrative to examine how a very straight decade forged a very queer woman.

"Honest, funny, smart, and illuminating.” —Anna Drezen, co-head...

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Unbound

My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

By Tarana Burke
Narrated by: Tarana Burke
Length: 7 hours 9 minutes

"Tarana Burke, I just finished Unbound. Searing. Powerful. Needed!! Thank you." —Oprah

“Sometimes a single story can change the world. Unbound is one of those stories.
Tarana’s words are a testimony to liberation and love.” —Brené Brown

One of BookPage's 10 Best Audiobooks of 2021

This program is read by the author.

From the founder and activist...

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My Body

By Emily Ratajkowski
Narrated by: Emily Ratajkowski
Length: 5 hours 16 minutes

A deeply honest investigation of what it means to be a woman and a commodity from Emily Ratajkowski, the archetypal, multi-hyphenate celebrity of our time.

Emily Ratajkowski is an acclaimed model and actress, an engaged political progressive, a formidable entrepreneur, a global social media phenomenon, and now, a writer. Rocketing to world fame...

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Carefree Black Girls

A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

By Zeba Blay
Narrated by: Zeba Blay
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

Carefree Black Girls is an exploration and celebration of black women’s identity and impact on pop culture, as well as the enduring stereotypes they face, from a film and culture critic for HuffPost.

In 2013, Zeba Blay was one of the first people to coin the viral term “carefreeblackgirls” on Twitter. It was, as she says, “a way to carve out a...

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Shit, Actually

The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

By Lindy West
Narrated by: Lindy West
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

Shit, Actually

“Lindy West makes true observations about movies in ways that will make you laugh out loud, and cause you to re-think some of your 90s/00s favorite films! Her witty commentary is what we all NEED in this post 2020 world, even if you have not seen the films. It’s written by someone smart and hilarious who has strong opinions about things that don’t matter. The PERFECT road trip audiobook, listeners can come in and out without losing place in the book. ”

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Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be

By Nichole Perkins
Narrated by: Nichole Perkins
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes

“Hear the dark liquor of her laughter rippling behind her sentences” in this magnetic memoir as it explores a journalist’s obsession with pop culture and the difficulty of navigating relationships as a Black woman through fanfiction, feminism, and Southern mores (Saeed Jones). 

A Roxane Gay Audacious Bookclub November Pick
Named "Most Anticipated...
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I Take My Coffee Black

Reflections on Tupac, Musical Theater, Faith, and Being Black in America

By Tyler Merritt
Narrated by: Jimmy Kimmel, Tyler Merritt, James Iglehart, Jerrie Elaine Merritt & Milton Merrit
Length: 11 hours 4 minutes

As a 6'2" dreadlocked black man, Tyler Merritt knows what it feels like to be stereotyped as threatening, which can have dangerous consequences. But he also knows that proximity to people who are different from ourselves can be a cure for racism. 

Tyler Merritt's video "Before You Call the Cops" has been viewed millions of times. He's appeared on... Read more »

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