And All the Rest

A selection of books that fit each month's And All the Rest book club theme.

Updated January 23, 2024
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Her country : how the women of country music became the success they were never supposed to be
Moss, Marissa R.
In country music, the men might dominate the radio waves. But it's women--like Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, and Kacey Musgraves--who are making history. This is the full and unbridled story of the past twenty years of country music seen through the lens of these trailblazers'...
Billie Holiday the musician and the myth
Szwed, John F., 1936- author.
* Kirkus Best Books of 2015 selection for Biography * Published in celebration of Holiday's centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer's extraordinary musical talent When Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia's studios in...
Shine bright : a very personal history of black women in pop
Smith, Danyel
American pop music is arguably this country's greatest cultural contribution to the world, and its singular voice and virtuosity were created by a shining thread of Black women geniuses stretching back to the country's founding. This is their surprising, heartbreaking, soaring story--from ...
Why you like it : the science and culture of musical taste
Gasser, Nolan
From the chief architect of the Pandora Radio's Music Genome Project comes a definitive and groundbreaking examination of why we respond to music the way we do. Everyone loves music. But what is it that makes music so universally beloved and have such a powerful effect...
The song machine : inside the hit factory
Seabrook, John.
Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a "hook," but today's songs bristle with them: a hook every seven seconds is the rule. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and...
Reverberation : do everything better with music
Blanchard, Keith
It turns out music isn't just about entertainment-it's a deeply embedded, subtly powerful means of communication. Songs resonate with your brain wave patterns and drive changes in your brain: creating your moods, consolidating your memories, strengthening your habits (the good ones and the bad...
Music : a subversive history
Gioia, Ted
"A dauntingly ambitious, obsessively researched" (Los Angeles Times) global history of music that reveals how songs have shifted societies and sparked revolutions.   Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories of the outsiders and rebels who...
Your playlist can change your life : 10 proven ways your favorite music can revolutionize your health, memory, organization, alertness, and more
Mindlin, Galina.
Unlock the power of the songs in your pocket Maybe you blast the speakers when you need to get pumped up. If that's all you do, though, you're not taking full advantage of the way music can help you. Listen to a slower track first and the one-two punch of the playlist can push you even...
Declassified : a low-key guide to the high-strung world of classical music
Warsaw-Fan Rauch, Arianna
"A refreshingly fun guide" that reads "as if you're a fly on the wall in conservatory auditions, cutthroat competitions and the obsessive practice routines of professional musicians." (The New York Times) Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch's life-long fascination with classical...
The musical human : a history of life on Earth
Spitzer, Michael
"Michael Spitzer has pulled off the impossible: a Guns, Germs and Steel for music." --Daniel Levitin A colossal history spanning cultures, time, and space to explore the vibrant relationship between music and the human species. 165 million years...
David Bowie made me gay : 100 years of LGBT music
Bullock, Darryl W.
LGBT musicians have shaped the development of music over the last century, with a sexually progressive soundtrack in the background of the gay community's struggle for acceptance. With the advent of recording technology, LGBT messages were for the first time brought to the forefront of popular...
The concise guide to hip-hop music : a fresh look at the art of hip-hop, from old-school beats to freestyle rap
Edwards, Paul
In 1973, the music scene was forever changed by the emergence of hip-hop. Masterfully blending the rhythmic grooves of funk and soul with layered beats and chanted rhymes, artists such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash paved the way for an entire new genre and generation of musicians. ...
Absolutely on music : conversations
Ozawa, Seiji
A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In Absolutely on Music, internationally Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa,...
Ode to hip-hop : 50 albums that define 50 years of trailblazing music
Fitzgerald, Kiana
Celebrate the music that has shaped the culture and given us some of the greatest hits of all time with this vibrantly illustrated anthology, featuring 50 of the most lauded, controversial, and iconic hip-hop albums! From underground roots to mainstream popularity,...
How music works
Byrne, David
How Music Works is David Byrne's remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed...
Lightning striking : ten transformative moments in rock and roll
Kaye, Lenny
"We have performed side-by-side on the global stage through half a century.... In Lightning Striking, Lenny Kaye has illuminated ten facets of the jewel called rock and roll from a uniquely personal and knowledgeable perspective."  -Patti Smith An insider's take on...
The number ones : twenty chart-topping hits that reveal the history of pop music
Breihan, Tom
Beloved music critic Tom Breihan's fascinating narrative of the history of popular music through the lens of game-changing #1 singles from the Billboard Hot 100. When Tom Breihan launched his Stereogum column in early 2018, "The Number Ones"--a space in which he has...
Nothin' but a good time : the uncensored history of the '80s hard rock explosion
Beaujour, Tom
The New York Times Bestseller The Explosive National Bestseller "A backstage pass to the wildest and loudest party in rock history--you'll feel like you were right there with us!" --Bret Michaels of Poison Nothin' But a Good Time<...
Switched on pop : how popular music works, and why it matters
Sloan, Nate
Pop music surrounds us - in our cars, over supermarket speakers, even when we are laid out at the dentist - but how often do we really hear what's playing? Switched on Pop is the book based on the eponymous podcast that has been hailed by NPR, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly...
The show that never ends : the rise and fall of prog rock
Weigel, David
The Show That Never Ends is the behind-the-scenes story of the extraordinary rise and fall of progressive ("prog") rock, epitomised by such classic, chart-topping bands as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Emerson Lake & Palmer, and their successors Rush, Styx and Asia.With inside access...
Brothers and sisters : the Allman Brothers Band and the inside story of the album that defined the '70s
Paul, Alan
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times bestselling author Alan Paul's in-depth narrative look at the Allman Brothers' most successful album, and a portrait of an era in rock and roll and American history. The Allman Brothers Band...
Music is history
Questlove
In Music Is History, bestselling author and Sundance award-winning director Questlove harnesses his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and his deep curiosity about history to examine America over the past fifty years. Choosing one essential track from each year, Questlove unpacks each...
Can't stop the grrrls : confronting sexist labels in pop music from Ariana Grande to Yoko Ono
Hirsch, Lily E.
"This is a convincing call to action." Publishers Weekly Words and labels can hurt us all. And for many female musicians, the wounds are everywhere. From stars like Britney Spears and Mariah Carey to classic icons like Yoko Ono, female...
Holding the note : profiles in popular music
Remnick, David
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor of The New Yorker gathers his writing on some of the essential musicians of our time--intimate portraits of Leonard Cohen, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and more...
Major labels : a history of popular music in seven genres
Sanneh, Kelefa
One of Oprah Daily's 20 Favorite Books of 2021 * Selected as one of Pitchfork's Best Music Books of the Year "One of the best books of its kind in decades." --The Wall Street Journal An epic achievement and a huge delight, the entire history of popular...
First things first : hip-hop ladies who changed the game
Simmons, Nadirah
This enlightening book reframes the history of hip-hop--and this time, women are given credit for all their trailblazing achievements that have left an undeniable impact on music.  FIRST THINGS FIRST, hip-hop is not just the music, and women have played a big...
How the Beatles destroyed rock 'n' roll : an alternative history of American popular music
Wald, Elijah.
"There are no definitive histories," writes Elijah Wald, in this provocative reassessment of American popular music, "because the past keeps looking different as the present changes." Earlier musical styles sound different to us today because we hear them through the musical filter of other styles...
God save the queens : the essential history of women in hip-hop
Iandoli, Kathy
An NPR Best Book of the Year "Without God Save the Queens, it is possible that the contributions of dozens of important female hip-hop artists who have sold tens of millions of albums, starred in monumental films, and influenced the direction of the culture would continue to go...
Uncommon people : the rise and fall of the rock stars
Hepworth, David
Named one of the best music books of 2017 by The Wall Street Journal An elegy to the age of the Rock Star, featuring Chuck Berry, Elvis, Madonna, Bowie, Prince, and more, uncommon people whose lives were transformed by rock and who, in turn, shaped our culture <...

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