Book Genre: Music

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Mark Bego
Adelina
5

I’ve loved Aretha Franklin since I was a kid and first saw her in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” My girlfriends and I made up a dancing/singing routine to the song “Respect”. She is the image of a strong woman who is a survivor and Mark Bego’s biography reinforces it.

This biography is...

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Keith Richards
Zac
5

Every artist has a medium. Keith’s is the guitar. But what separates him, as an artist and as one of the most iconic guitarists of all time, is his ability to manipulate that medium. The guitar is so much more than a guitar when wielded by Keef – it’s a story telling machine.  And Life...

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Stephen Chbosky
Kristen M
5

This was one of those weird instances where I saw the movie before reading the book but as soon as I finished the movie, I put myself on hold for the book. The books is written as a collection of letters that Charlie sends to a never named "Friend". These letters tell of his day to day...

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Laurie.
4

The collection kicks off with a quote from Louis Armstrong. When asked to define jazz he reportedly responded, "If you have to ask, you'll never know." The poets represented provide a taste; vamping, swinging, and sharing sounds of tributes to musicians and singers who did...

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Josh Farrar
Josh
3

  I had read A Song for Bijou, another title by Josh Farrar and decided to pick this particular book up because I like how Farrar introduces elements of Caribbean diasporic culture into his works. This book deals with a sixth grader named Annabelle who has recently moved from Brooklyn, New...

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Rob Sheffield
Becker
4

If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to start. Widowed at...

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Laurie Rubin
Becker
4

What's it like growing up, discovering your love of music, and eventually going on to become an opera singer? Mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin shares the story of her life--music competitions, water skiing with Kenny Loggins, working with world renowned singers and composers, and trying to break into...

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Beth Ditto
Becker
4

I'll admit it--I'd never heard Gossip's music before reading this book. I'd heard of Beth Ditto--it's hard not to when your reading diet contains a healthy dose of GLBTQ focused media--and her memoir sounded intriguing. Ditto details her childhood in rural Arkansas--poor, bouncing between family...

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Neil Young
Bobby
4

If you're looking for an encyclopedic account of Neil Young, this is not your book.  If you want rambling stories of past glory days combined with repetitive rants against the sound quality of MP3s, his ongoing work to create an electric powered vintage Lincoln Continental, and digressions...

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Keith Richards
Robin
4

Pirate tales of one of the great guitar players of all time, and a ringside seat to the circus that was/is the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards writes technically and passionately about his love and absolute dedication to music and the blues; musicians will appreciate the depth of his descriptions...

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Todd Oldham
angela
3

A tribute filled with awesome photos and excerpts from interviews over the past 30 years. My only complaint is that I wish there had been more text! Definitely worth a look, even just for the photos.

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Mingering Mike
angela
5

An amazing art project born out of the loneliness and solitude of a teenager in D.C. in the 1960s. Tokion Magazine sums it up best as "the best music we'll never hear."

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