If you love books and music, this could be the best day of your life because we're sharing a list of books about music and musicians. If that alone won't satisfy you, here's a playlist to listen to as you read.
Music for Book Lovers
Come on by the library to get your hands on one of these great books. Happy reading (and listening)!
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL: A MEMOIR BY CARRIE BROWNSTEIN: "Carrie Brownstein, guitarist for the feminist punk band Sleeter-Kinney and star of IFC's Portlandia, offers a revealing look about growing up in the Pacific Northwest, and retreating into music as a tool of escape and self-reinvention from a turbulent family life."
SIGNAL TO NOISE BY SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA: "Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends--Sebastian and Daniela--and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, her future looks brighter for the trio. The three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love."
I AM (NOT) THE WALRUS BY ED BRIANT: "As the singer and bass player for a Beatles cover band, Toby embarks on a quest to increase his sex appeal, a plan that derails when he finds a mysterious note inside his old bass guitar."
MUSIC WAS IT: YOUNG LEONARD BERNSTEIN BY SUSAN GOLDMAN RUBIN: "Follows the life of Leonard Bernstein from his childhood in Boston to his first experience conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra in New York at the age of twenty five."
SECOND FIDDLE BY ROSANNE PARRY: "Six months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, three eighth-grade girls living on an American military base with their families in Berlin try to save a Russian soldier, who has been beaten and left for dead, by smuggling him to Paris, where they are going to perform in a music competition."
LA'S ORCHESTRA SAVES THE WORLD BY ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH: "Lavender, known as La to her friends, flees London in 1939 hoping to escape the horrors of war and the memories of her shattered marriage, and to combat boredom and despair in her new town, La creates an orchestra that boosts the town's morale and shows people the beauty of music and friendship."
MUSICOPHILIA: TALES OF MUSIC AND THE BRAIN BY OLIVER SACKS: "Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and everyday people, the author of Awakenings explores the complex human response to music, detailing the full range of human reactions to music, what goes on and can go wrong when we listen to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments."
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC: THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN OBSESSION BY DANIEL J. LEVITIN: "Presents a fascinating exploration of the relationship between music and the mind."
SONGBOOK BY NICK HORNBY: "A collection of essays and observations by Nick Hornby that reflect on pop music and its effect on American culture."
BODY & SOUL BY FRANK CONROY: "The life of young Claude Rawlings, the son of an eccentric taxi-driver mother, is changed forever in the 1940s when a local music store owner discovers the boy is a piano prodigy."
HEAVIER THAN HEAVEN: A BIOGRAPHY OF KURT COBAIN BY CHARLES R. CROSS: "Chronicles the troubled, creative life of rock singer-songwriter Kurt Cobain, who rose to fame in the early 1990s as the lead singer of Nirvana and shot himself in 1994, and describes the aftermath of his death for his wife, daughter, parents, friends, and fans."