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Books That Every Music Lover Should Read

Are you a music fan? These memoirs of your favorite musicians are sure to satisfy your desire to rock and read a fantastic story.

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    Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) Book Cover Picture
    Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) Book Cover Picture

    Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)

    by Jeff Tweedy

    The singer, guitarist, and songwriter—best known for his work with Wilco—opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people who have inspired him.

     

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    Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) 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.

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    No Walls and the Recurring Dream Book Cover Picture

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    A Dream About Lightning Bugs Book Cover Picture
    A Dream About Lightning Bugs Book Cover Picture

    A Dream About Lightning Bugs

    by Ben Folds

    From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.

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    A Dream About Lightning Bugs Book Cover Picture

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    My Own Devices Book Cover Picture
    My Own Devices Book Cover Picture

    My Own Devices

    by Dessa

    Dessa’s stunning literary debut memoir stitches together poignant insights on love, science, and language–a demonstration of just how far the mind can travel while the body is on a six-hour ride to the next gig. 

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    My Own Devices Book Cover Picture

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    What Is It All but Luminous Book Cover Picture
    What Is It All but Luminous Book Cover Picture

    What Is It All but Luminous

    by Art Garfunkel

    From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel, comes a memoir (of sorts) that reveals a life and the making of a musician, that show us, as well, the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and of a collaboration that became the most successful singing duo in the roiling age that embraced, and was defined by, their pathfinding folk-rock music.

    What Is It All but Luminous Book Cover Picture
    What Is It All but Luminous Book Cover Picture

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    Astral Weeks Book Cover Picture
    Astral Weeks Book Cover Picture

    Astral Weeks

    by Ryan H. Walsh

    Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. 

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    Astral Weeks Book Cover Picture

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    Beastie Boys Book Book Cover Picture
    Beastie Boys Book Book Cover Picture

    Beastie Boys Book

    by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

    A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.

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    Beastie Boys Book Book Cover Picture

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    Year of the Monkey Book Cover Picture
    Year of the Monkey Book Cover Picture

    Year of the Monkey

    by Patti Smith

    From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

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    Year of the Monkey Book Cover Picture

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    Frank Book Cover Picture

    Frank

    by James Kaplan

    James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatra’s humble beginning in Hoboken to his fall from grace and Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity.

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    Frank Book Cover Picture

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    Testimony Book Cover Picture

    Testimony

    by Robbie Robertson

    Robbie Robertson tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half-century.

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    Testimony Book Cover Picture

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    Not Dead Yet Book Cover Picture
    Not Dead Yet Book Cover Picture

    Not Dead Yet

    by Phil Collins

    Phil Collins pulls no punches—about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music. 

    Not Dead Yet Book Cover Picture
    Not Dead Yet 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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