Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
As well-known now for her role in Portlandia as she is for founding the riot-grrrl band Sleater Kinney, Carrie Brownstein’s memoir covers a childhood that leads to the center of the alt-rock universe of the Pacific Northwest in the ’90s. Time provides a level of self-awareness to Brownstein, while she retells the journey of her band through the industry and around the world.
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Usually the book inspires the movie, but this biography was inspired by the Academy Award-nominated Netflix documentary of the same name. Author and former Vibe editor-in-chief Alan Light draws from a treasure trove of archival source material to paint a moving portrait of Nina Simone, one of the most significant and provocative musical artists of our time.
David Bowie: The Last Interview
David Bowie’s music and personality drove an entire generation to be comfortable in their own individual “weirdness.” If you’re still mourning his passing, this book, in the candid voice of the singer himself, will be like chicken soup for the soul.
Did you know that Jewel’s first step towards a music career was learning how to yodel in Alaska at the age of 5? Well, now you do. This book is one of the best musician biographies we’ve read in a while. Interesting, accessible, and laced with graceful humor and musical passion. Yodeleheehoo, indeed!
Win, win, win no matter what. Get a whole new look at the popular rapper, producer, and Snapchatter DJ Khaled through his no-nonsense approach to achievement. Plus, this may be our favorite cover, um, ever.
Not Dead Yet
Against All Odds, we’re recommending this book for any Easy Lover. If reading is In the Air Tonight and Two Hearts are celebrating A Groovy Kind of Love, then Strangers Like Me strongly suggest You Can’t Hurry Love…Sussudio.
One of our favorite aisles in any bookstore is the one stocked with memoirs, collections, biographies, and road journals of the bands we’ve listened to over the years. Exploring the life of a musician enriches the experience of listening to their creations, offers up new perspectives to their songs, and provides context for the decisions they made, creatively or otherwise. Besides that, the life and times of musicians tend to be fascinating. With that in mind, here are six music books we’d recommend. Put on a playlist, and dive in.
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