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40 Books 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. A Visit from the Goon Squad Book Cover Picture

    A Visit from the Goon Squad

    This book a visit from punk rock’s rich history intertwined with a web of enthralling characters.

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  2. Ready Player One Book Cover Picture

    Ready Player One

    For readers who enjoy 80’s pop culture references, video games, and dystopian showdowns.

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  3. High Fidelity Book Cover Picture

    High Fidelity

    A story about music and breakups; the winning combination.

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  4. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran Book Cover Picture

    Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

    The key to her heart is through her ears.

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  5. Porcelain Book Cover Picture


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

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  6. How Music Got Free Book Cover Picture

    How Music Got Free

    Learn about the secret history of the music industry.

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  7. Jagger Book Cover Picture


    For music lovers to learn about the elusive rocker in a whole new light.

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  8. Autobiography Book Cover Picture


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

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  9. Station Eleven Book Cover Picture

    Station Eleven

    A dystopian tale for symphony music lovers.

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  10. Reckless Book Cover Picture


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

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  11. In the Pleasure Groove Book Cover Picture

    In the Pleasure Groove

    Because this list wouldn’t be complete without more than one Duran Duran book.

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  12. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Book Cover Picture

    Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

    Music lovers know the radio, radio will take you to the other end of the telescope.

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  13. M Train Book Cover Picture

    M Train

    Patti Smith is a vision, and we’d read her daily meditations, well, daily.

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  14. Under the Big Black Sun Book Cover Picture

    Under the Big Black Sun

    Travel back in time to the beginning and evolution of the Los Angeles punk rock scene.

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

    The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones

    A fresh perspective on the Rolling Stones, told by the co-creator of HBO’s new music series, Vinyl.

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  16. Billie Holiday Book Cover Picture

    Billie Holiday

    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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  17. Just Listen Book Cover Picture

    Just Listen

    Teenage romance  sparked by a music obsession.

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  18. The Commitments Book Cover Picture

    The Commitments

    When working class Irish kids form a band, you’re committed to reading about it.

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  19. The Fortress of Solitude Book Cover Picture

    The Fortress of Solitude

    Love music? Love coming of age novels? Here you go.

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  20. The Piano Teacher Book Cover Picture

    The Piano Teacher

    Claire Pendleton goes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher.

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  21. This Is Your Brain on Music Book Cover Picture

    This Is Your Brain on Music

    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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  22. The Walrus and the Elephants Book Cover Picture

    The Walrus and the Elephants

    John Lennon’s story of music and politics is a poignant reminder that music is love and love is peace.

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  23. Man on the Run Book Cover Picture

    Man on the Run

    Deeply revealing and detail rich, this McCartney biography is an illuminating look at the life of a rock icon.

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  24. SM Waging Heavy Peace Book Cover Picture

    SM Waging Heavy Peace

    “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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  25. Bob Dylan In America Book Cover Picture

    Bob Dylan In America

    The answer, my friends, is blowing through the pages of this book.

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  26. A Freewheelin' Time Book Cover Picture

    A Freewheelin’ Time

    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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  27. Neil and Me Book Cover Picture

    Neil and Me

    Explore the life of Neil Young through his father’s eyes.

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  28. The James Brown Reader Book Cover Picture

    The James Brown Reader

    James Brown’s life through the eyes of writers from four decades.

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  29. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Book Cover Picture

    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

    Music makes Carrie a modern rockstar.

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  30. The Soloist Book Cover Picture

    The Soloist

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

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  31. Audrey, Wait! Book Cover Picture

    Audrey, Wait!

    After Audrey dumps her ex-boyfriend Evan, he writes a song about her that propels her into stardom.

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  32. A Life in Letters Book Cover Picture

    A Life in Letters

    A selection of Mozart’s letters, translated into English, complete with notes, linking commentary and chronology.

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  33. Songbook Book Cover Picture


    “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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  34. There Goes Gravity Book Cover Picture

    There Goes Gravity

    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.

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  35. The Loser Book Cover Picture

    The Loser

    A fictional story about the relationship between piano virtuoso Glenn Gould and two of his fellow students.

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  36. Love Is a Mix Tape Book Cover Picture

    Love Is a Mix Tape

    The mix tape is the symbol of first love and epitome of romance. (What do teenagers do now, make mix-Spotify playlists?)

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  37. Where She Went Book Cover Picture

    Where She Went

    Music continues to flourish in the anticipated sequel to the moving story, If I Stay,

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  38. This Song Will Save Your Life Book Cover Picture

    This Song Will Save Your Life

    This audiobook is about how music brings people together.

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  39. Musicophilia Book Cover Picture


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

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

    Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

    Dave Hill combines incredibly sultry guitar skills with an impeccable comedic timing to create a memorable performance.

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