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40 Books That Every Music Lover Should Read

Are you a music fan? These fiction and nonfiction books are sure to satisfy your desire to rock and read a fantastic story.
  1. 1
    A Visit from the Goon Squad Book Cover Picture
    A Visit from the Goon Squad Book Cover Picture

    A Visit from the Goon Squad

    by Jennifer Egan

    This book a visit from punk rock’s rich history intertwined with a web of enthralling characters.
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    A Visit from the Goon Squad Book Cover Picture

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    No Walls and the Recurring Dream Book Cover Picture
    No Walls and the Recurring Dream Book Cover Picture

    No Walls and the Recurring Dream

    by Ani DiFranco

    Ani DiFranco recounts her coming of age story as defined by her ethos of fierce independence.
    No Walls and the Recurring Dream Book Cover Picture
    No Walls and the Recurring Dream Book Cover Picture

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  3. 3
    High Fidelity Book Cover Picture
    High Fidelity Book Cover Picture

    High Fidelity

    by Nick Hornby

    A story about music and breakups; the winning combination.
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    High Fidelity Book Cover Picture

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  4. 4
    Talking to Girls About Duran Duran Book Cover Picture
    Talking to Girls About Duran Duran Book Cover Picture

    Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

    by Rob Sheffield

    The key to her heart is through her ears.
    Talking to Girls About Duran Duran Book Cover Picture
    Talking to Girls About Duran Duran Book Cover Picture

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  5. 5
    Porcelain Book Cover Picture
    Porcelain Book Cover Picture

    Porcelain

    by Moby

    When Moby wasn’t a legendary, world-renowned DJ, he was struggling to beat the odds in a NYC club scene.
    Porcelain Book Cover Picture
    Porcelain Book Cover Picture

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  6. 6
    How Music Got Free Book Cover Picture
    How Music Got Free Book Cover Picture

    How Music Got Free

    by Stephen Witt

    Learn about the secret history of the music industry.
    How Music Got Free Book Cover Picture
    How Music Got Free Book Cover Picture

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  7. 7
    Jagger Book Cover Picture
    Jagger Book Cover Picture

    Jagger

    by Marc Spitz

    For music lovers to learn about the elusive rocker in a whole new light.
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    Jagger Book Cover Picture

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    Autobiography Book Cover Picture
    Autobiography Book Cover Picture

    Autobiography

    by Morrissey

    One of the most influential music icons in history also has a unique writing talent.
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    Autobiography Book Cover Picture

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  9. 9
    Station Eleven Book Cover Picture
    Station Eleven Book Cover Picture

    Station Eleven

    by Emily St. John Mandel

    A dystopian tale for symphony music lovers.
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    Station Eleven Book Cover Picture

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  10. 10
    Reckless Book Cover Picture
    Reckless Book Cover Picture

    Reckless

    by Chrissie Hynde

    Chrissie is so cool. She’s funny, honest, and just plain awesome in her autobiography.
    Reckless Book Cover Picture
    Reckless Book Cover Picture

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  11. 11
    In the Pleasure Groove Book Cover Picture
    In the Pleasure Groove Book Cover Picture

    In the Pleasure Groove

    by John Taylor

    Because this list wouldn’t be complete without more than one Duran Duran book.
    In the Pleasure Groove Book Cover Picture
    In the Pleasure Groove Book Cover Picture

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    Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Book Cover Picture
    Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Book Cover Picture

    Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

    by Elvis Costello

    Music lovers know the radio, radio will take you to the other end of the telescope.
    Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Book Cover Picture
    Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Book Cover Picture

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  13. 13
    M Train Book Cover Picture
    M Train Book Cover Picture

    M Train

    by Patti Smith

    Patti Smith is a vision, and we’d read her daily meditations, well, daily.
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    M Train Book Cover Picture

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    Under the Big Black Sun Book Cover Picture
    Under the Big Black Sun Book Cover Picture

    Under the Big Black Sun

    by John Doe and Tom Desavia

    Travel back in time to the beginning and evolution of the Los Angeles punk rock scene.
    Under the Big Black Sun Book Cover Picture
    Under the Big Black Sun Book Cover Picture

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  15. 15
    The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones Book Cover Picture
    The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones Book Cover Picture

    The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones

    by Rich Cohen

    A fresh perspective on the Rolling Stones, told by the co-creator of HBO’s new music series, Vinyl.
    The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones Book Cover Picture
    The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones Book Cover Picture

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    Billie Holiday Book Cover Picture
    Billie Holiday Book Cover Picture

    Billie Holiday

    by John Szwed

    Critically acclaimed jazz writer and musician, John Szwed, gives fans a biography as well as a reflection on Billie Holiday’s special life.
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    Billie Holiday Book Cover Picture

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    Just Listen Book Cover Picture
    Just Listen Book Cover Picture

    Just Listen

    by Sarah Dessen

    Teenage romance  sparked by a music obsession.
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    Just Listen Book Cover Picture

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    The Commitments Book Cover Picture
    The Commitments Book Cover Picture

    The Commitments

    by Roddy Doyle

    When working class Irish kids form a band, you’re committed to reading about it.
    The Commitments Book Cover Picture
    The Commitments Book Cover Picture

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    The Fortress of Solitude Book Cover Picture
    The Fortress of Solitude Book Cover Picture

    The Fortress of Solitude

    by Jonathan Lethem

    Love music? Love coming of age novels? Here you go.
    The Fortress of Solitude Book Cover Picture
    The Fortress of Solitude Book Cover Picture

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  20. 20
    The Piano Teacher Book Cover Picture
    The Piano Teacher Book Cover Picture

    The Piano Teacher

    by Janice Y. K. Lee

    Claire Pendleton goes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher.
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    The Piano Teacher Book Cover Picture

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    This Is Your Brain on Music Book Cover Picture
    This Is Your Brain on Music Book Cover Picture

    This Is Your Brain on Music

    by Daniel J. Levitin

    Why do humans have a special relationship with music? This book tells us what music can teach us about the brain, and what your brain can teach us about music.
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    This Is Your Brain on Music Book Cover Picture

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  22. 22
    The Walrus and the Elephants Book Cover Picture
    The Walrus and the Elephants Book Cover Picture

    The Walrus and the Elephants

    by James A. Mitchell

    John Lennon’s story of music and politics is a poignant reminder that music is love and love is peace.
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    The Walrus and the Elephants Book Cover Picture

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    Man on the Run Book Cover Picture
    Man on the Run Book Cover Picture

    Man on the Run

    by Tom Doyle

    Deeply revealing and detail rich, this McCartney biography is an illuminating look at the life of a rock icon.
    Man on the Run Book Cover Picture
    Man on the Run Book Cover Picture

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    Waging Heavy Peace Book Cover Picture
    Waging Heavy Peace Book Cover Picture

    Waging Heavy Peace

    by Neil Young

    “I think I will have to use my time wisely and keep my thoughts straight if I am to succeed and deliver the cargo I so carefully have carried thus far to the outer reaches.”  –Neil Young, from Waging Heavy Peace
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    Waging Heavy Peace Book Cover Picture

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    Bob Dylan in America Book Cover Picture
    Bob Dylan in America Book Cover Picture

    Bob Dylan in America

    by Sean Wilentz

    The answer, my friends, is blowing through the pages of this book.
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    Bob Dylan in America Book Cover Picture

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    A Freewheelin' Time Book Cover Picture
    A Freewheelin' Time Book Cover Picture

    A Freewheelin’ Time

    by Suze Rotolo

    On that note, this memoir is playing a song for you in the jingle jangle mornings of the 1960’s folk music scene in NYC.
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    A Freewheelin' Time Book Cover Picture

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    Neil and Me Book Cover Picture
    Neil and Me Book Cover Picture

    Neil and Me

    by Scott Young

    Explore the life of Neil Young through his father’s eyes.
    Neil and Me Book Cover Picture
    Neil and Me Book Cover Picture

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    The James Brown Reader Book Cover Picture
    The James Brown Reader Book Cover Picture

    The James Brown Reader

    by

    James Brown’s life through the eyes of writers from four decades.
    The James Brown Reader Book Cover Picture
    The James Brown Reader Book Cover Picture

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    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Book Cover Picture
    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Book Cover Picture

    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

    by Carrie Brownstein

    Music makes Carrie a modern rockstar.
    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Book Cover Picture
    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Book Cover Picture

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    The Soloist Book Cover Picture
    The Soloist Book Cover Picture

    The Soloist

    by Mark Salzman

    Renne was once one of the world’s greatest cellists, and years later, two events change his life drastically.
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    The Soloist Book Cover Picture

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    Audrey, Wait! Book Cover Picture
    Audrey, Wait! Book Cover Picture

    Audrey, Wait!

    by Robin Benway

    After Audrey dumps her ex-boyfriend Evan, he writes a song about her that propels her into stardom.
    Audrey, Wait! Book Cover Picture
    Audrey, Wait! Book Cover Picture

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    A Life in Letters Book Cover Picture
    A Life in Letters Book Cover Picture

    A Life in Letters

    by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    A selection of Mozart’s letters, translated into English, complete with notes, linking commentary and chronology.
    A Life in Letters Book Cover Picture
    A Life in Letters Book Cover Picture

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    Songbook Book Cover Picture

    Songbook

    by Nick Hornby

    “All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don’t like them as much as I do.” —Nick Hornby, from Songbook
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    Songbook Book Cover Picture

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    There Goes Gravity Book Cover Picture
    There Goes Gravity Book Cover Picture

    There Goes Gravity

    by Lisa Robinson

    From Led Zeppelin to Eminem and Patti Smith to Kanye West, this book’s an insider’s behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll.
    There Goes Gravity Book Cover Picture
    There Goes Gravity Book Cover Picture

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    The Loser Book Cover Picture
    The Loser Book Cover Picture

    The Loser

    by Thomas Bernhard

    A fictional story about the relationship between piano virtuoso Glenn Gould and two of his fellow students.
    The Loser Book Cover Picture
    The Loser Book Cover Picture

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    Love Is a Mix Tape Book Cover Picture
    Love Is a Mix Tape Book Cover Picture

    Love Is a Mix Tape

    by Rob Sheffield

    The mix tape is the symbol of first love and epitome of romance. (What do teenagers do now, make mix-Spotify playlists?)
    Love Is a Mix Tape Book Cover Picture
    Love Is a Mix Tape Book Cover Picture

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    Where She Went Book Cover Picture
    Where She Went Book Cover Picture

    Where She Went

    by Gayle Forman

    Music continues to flourish in the anticipated sequel to the moving story, If I Stay,
    Where She Went Book Cover Picture
    Where She Went Book Cover Picture

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    This Song Will Save Your Life Book Cover Picture
    This Song Will Save Your Life Book Cover Picture

    This Song Will Save Your Life

    by Leila Sales

    This audiobook is about how music brings people together.
    This Song Will Save Your Life Book Cover Picture
    This Song Will Save Your Life Book Cover Picture

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    Musicophilia Book Cover Picture

    Musicophilia

    by Oliver Sacks

    Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition.
    Musicophilia Book Cover Picture
    Musicophilia Book Cover Picture

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    Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore Book Cover Picture
    Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore Book Cover Picture

    Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

    by Dave Hill

    Dave Hill combines incredibly sultry guitar skills with an impeccable comedic timing to create a memorable performance.
    Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore Book Cover Picture
    Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore Book Cover Picture

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