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Libraries Rock!

We couldn’t be more excited about Summer Reading this year!  Why should kids have all the fun?  Our theme this year is “Libraries Rock!” and we believe it.  We’ve put together a display of our favorite books on music and musicians, as well as some documentaries of great performances.  Click here to sign up for Summer Reading!


Here are a few of our favorites:

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us:  Essays by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.  Click here to place this book on hold.



David Bowie Made Me Gay:  100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock

This fascinating book compiles the stories of the LGBT musicians and how each has changed the landscape of modern music.  Click here to place this book on hold.



Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine

The memoir of the guitarist for the punk band “The Slits”, which tells the story of how she forced her way into a male-dominated industry and how her pioneering band helped make music history.  Click here to place this book on hold



Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello

Costello’s fascinating memoir tells the story of his rise to stardom and how his career has endured for four decades.  Click here to place this book on hold.



How Music Works by David Byrne

In David Byrne’s (of “Talking Heads” fame) remarkable book, he explores how music is very much tied to the time and place of its creation and how recording equipment has forever changed our relationship to music.  He shows how patterns have affected and shaped his own work.  Click here to place this book on hold.


All Shook Up : How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America by Glenn C. Altschuler
As vibrant as the music itself, All Shook Up reveals how rock ‘n roll challenged and changed American culture and laid the foundation for the social upheaval of the sixties.  Click here to place this book on hold.



Petty: the Biography by Warren Zanes

This is a book for those who know and love the songs, from “American Girl” and “Refugee” to “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and for those who want to see the classic rock and roll era embodied in one man’s remarkable story. Dark and mysterious, Petty manages to come back, again and again, showing us what the music can do and where it can take us.  Click here to place this book on hold.


Dylan on Dylan : interviews and encounters
Dylan on Dylan is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of interviews, speeches, and press conferences, as well as excerpts from more than eighty additional Q&As spanning Dylan’s entire career—from 1961 through 2016.
  Click here to place this book on hold.

Shock and Awe : Glam Rock and Its Legacy From the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century by Simon Reynolds
Shock and Awe offers a fresh, in-depth look at the glam and glitter phenomenon, placing it the wider Seventies context of social upheaval and political disillusion. It explores how artists like Lou Reed, New York Dolls and Queen broke with the hippie generation, celebrating illusion and artifice over truth and authenticity.  Click here to place this book on hold.


Just Kids by Patti Smith
In the first part of Patti Smith’s memoir, she recounts the story of her early days in New York, living with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.  Fascinating and inspiring, their friendship would change their lives and music forever.  Smith herself reads the audiobook and it is incredible to listen to.  Click here to place this book on hold.


Your Band Sucks:  What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) by John Fine
This witty memoir is an insider’s look at a fascinating and ferociously loved subculture. In it, Fine tracks how the indie-rock underground emerged and evolved, how it grappled with the mainstream and vice versa, and how it led many bands to an odd rebirth in the 21st  Century. Click here to place this book on hold.

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