Music

Rating Sort ascending Title Author Genre Sub-Genre(s) Country Year
9.5 Chronicles, Volume 1Chronicles, Volume 1 Bob DylanDylan Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
9.5 Eminent HipstersEminent Hipsters Donald FagenFagen Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
9.5 Detroit 67: The Year That Changed SoulDetroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul Stuart CosgroveCosgrove Non-Fiction History, Music Scotland
9.5 Philosophy of Modern SongThe Philosophy of Modern Song Bob DylanDylan Non-Fiction Music United States
9.0 How Music WorksHow Music Works David ByrneByrne Non-Fiction Music United States
9.0 Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York that Changed Music ForeverLove Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever Will HermesHermes Non-Fiction Music, History United States
9.0 Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984 Simon ReynoldsReynolds Non-Fiction Music United Kingdom
9.0 Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The StudioA Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio Paul MyersMyers Non-Fiction Music, Biography Canada
9.0 Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll RomanceBlack Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance Dean WarehamWareham Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
9.0 Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American MusiciansLost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians Peter GuralnickGuralnick Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
9.0 Underground is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered AmericaThe Underground is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America Michaelangelo MatosMatos Non-Fiction Music United States
9.0 Four Lives in the Bebop BusinessFour Lives in the Bebop Business A.B. SpellmanSpellman Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
9.0 How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular MusicHow the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music Elijah WaldWald Non-Fiction Music United States
9.0 Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth CenturyThe Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century Alex RossRoss Non-Fiction Music, History United States
9.0 Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of PunkPlease Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeilMcNeil Non-Fiction Music, History United States
9.0 Listen to ThisListen to This Alex RossRoss Non-Fiction Music, Essays United States
9.0 Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor DungPsychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung Lester BangsBangs Non-Fiction Music, Essays United States
9.0 Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical PlentyEvery Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty Ben RatliffRatliff Non-Fiction Music United States
9.0 Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music Greil MarcusMarcus Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
9.0 How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century and the Patient Zero of PiracyHow Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century and the Patient Zero of Piracy Stephen WittWitt Non-Fiction Music United States
9.0 Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Bad TasteLet’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Bad Taste Carl WilsonWilson Non-Fiction Music, Philosophy United States
9.0 Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown SoundWhere Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound Nelson GeorgeGeorge Non-Fiction Music, History United States
8.5 This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human ObsessionThis Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession Daniel LevitinLevitin Non-Fiction Music, Psychology United States
8.5 Just KidsJust Kids Patti SmithSmithd Non-Fiction Autobiography/Memoir, Music United States
8.5 This Isn't Happening: Radiohead's Kid A and the Beginning of the 21st CenturyThis Isn't Happening: Radiohead's Kid A and the Beginning of the 21st Century Steven HydenHyden Non-Fiction Music United States
8.5 LifeLife Keith RichardsRichards Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
8.5 All You Need to Know About the Music BusinessAll You Need to Know About the Music Business Donald PassmanPassman Non-Fiction Music, Business/Management United States
8.5 Music Downtown: Writings from the Village VoiceMusic Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice Kyle GannGann Non-Fiction Music, Essays United States
8.5 No Sleep Till Canvey Island: The Great Pub Rock RevolutionNo Sleep Till Canvey Island: The Great Pub Rock Revolution Will BirchBirch Non-Fiction Music United Kingdom
8.5 Big Midweek: Life Inside The FallThe Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall Steve HanleyHanley Fiction Music, Biography
8.5 Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music BusinessHit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business Fredric DannenDannen Non-Fiction Music United States
8.5 Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part in Its DownfallBad Vibes: Britpop and My Part in Its Downfall Luke HainesHaines Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United Kingdom
8.5 Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock John HarrisHarrisb Non-Fiction Music, Biography United Kingdom
8.5 Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4ADFacing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD Martin AstonAston Non-Fiction Music United States
8.5 Energy Flash: A Journey through Rave Music and Dance CultureEnergy Flash: A Journey through Rave Music and Dance Culture Simon ReynoldsReynolds Non-Fiction Music United Kingdom
8.5 Year with Swollen AppendicesA Year with Swollen Appendices Brian EnoEno Non-Fiction Autobiography/Memoir, Music United Kingdom
8.5 Conversations With Tom PettyConversations With Tom Petty Paul ZolloZollo Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
8.5 Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 Michael AzerradAzerrad Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
8.5 One Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American CultureOne Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture Gerald EarlyEarly Non-Fiction Music, History United States
8.5 Excavate!: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The FallExcavate!: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall Tessa NortonNorton Non-Fiction Music, Biography United Kingdom
8.5 Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. SmithRenegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith Mark E. SmithSmith Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United Kingdom
8.0 AutobiographyAutobiography MorrisseyMorrissey Non-Fiction Autobiography/Memoir, Music
8.0 Black Music of Two WorldsBlack Music of Two Worlds John Storm RobertsRobertsb Non-Fiction Music United States
8.0 Love for Sale: Pop Music in AmericaLove for Sale: Pop Music in America David HajduHajdu Non-Fiction Music United States
8.0 I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean TrampI Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp Richard HellHell Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
8.0 Blues People: Negro Music in White AmericaBlues People: Negro Music in White America LeRoi JonesJonesb Non-Fiction Music, History United States
8.0 Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul MusicNowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music Gerri HirsheyHirshey Non-Fiction Music United States
8.0 Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001-2011Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001-2011 Lizzy GoodmanGoodman Non-Fiction Music, History United States
8.0 One Chord Wonders: Power and Meaning in Punk RockOne Chord Wonders: Power and Meaning in Punk Rock Dave LaingLaing Non-Fiction Music, Sociology United Kingdom
8.0 Beatles: The BiographyThe Beatles: The Biography Bob SpitzSpitz Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
8.0 Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986–2014Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986–2014 Greil MarcusMarcus Non-Fiction Music United States
8.0 Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy DivisionThis Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division Jon SavageSavage Non-Fiction Music, Biography United Kingdom
8.0 Later Diaries of Ned Rorem: 1961-1972The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem: 1961-1972 Ned RoremRorem Non-Fiction Autobiography/Memoir, Music United States
8.0 Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992 Tim LawrenceLawrence Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
8.0 Nina Simone's Gum: A Memoir of Things Lost and FoundNina Simone's Gum: A Memoir of Things Lost and Found Warren EllisEllisb Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir Australia
7.5 Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) Jon FineFine Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.5 Light that Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the SmithsA Light that Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths Tony FletcherFletcher Non-Fiction Music, Biography
7.5 Outlaw Blues: A Book of Rock MusicOutlaw Blues: A Book of Rock Music Paul WilliamsWilliamsd Non-Fiction Music United States
7.5 Downtown Pop UndergroundThe Downtown Pop Underground Kembrew McLeodMcLeod Non-Fiction Music United States
7.5 Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the SixtiesRevolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties Ian MacDonaldMacDonald Non-Fiction Music, History United Kingdom
7.5 Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the SinaiWho By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai Matti FriedmanFriedman Non-Fiction Music Canada
7.5 Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young ManGoing Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man Robert ChristgauChristgau Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.5 Hacienda: How Not to Run a ClubHacienda: How Not to Run a Club Peter HookHook Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United Kingdom
7.5 Sly and the Family Stone: An Oral HistorySly and the Family Stone: An Oral History Joel SelvinSelvin Non-Fiction Music United States
7.5 Lou Reed: A LifeLou Reed: A Life Anthony DeCurtisDeCurtis Non-Fiction Music, Biography United Kingdom
7.5 Paul Simon: The LifePaul Simon: The Life Robert HilburnHilburn Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
7.5 Born to RunBorn to Run Bruce SpringsteenSpringsteen Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.5 Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital AgeAppetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age Steve KnopperKnopper Non-Fiction Music United States
7.5 Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band Neil StraussStrauss Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
7.0 Buppies, B-Boys, Baps and Bohos: Notes on Post-Soul Black CultureBuppies, B-Boys, Baps and Bohos: Notes on Post-Soul Black Culture Nelson GeorgeGeorge Non-Fiction Music, Sociology United States
7.0 Standing In Two Circles: The Collected Works of Boyd RiceStanding In Two Circles: The Collected Works of Boyd Rice Boyd RiceRice Non-Fiction Music, Essays United States
7.0 Neon Screams: How Drill, Trap and Bashment Made Music New AgainNeon Screams: How Drill, Trap and Bashment Made Music New Again Kit MackintoshMackintosh Non-Fiction Music United Kingdom
7.0 Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No DogsRotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs John LydonLydon Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United Kingdom
7.0 Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin GayeDivided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye David RitzRitz Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
7.0 M TrainM Train Patti SmithSmithd Non-Fiction Autobiography/Memoir, Music United States
7.0 From the Velvets to the Voidoids: A Pre-Punk History for a Post-Punk WorldFrom the Velvets to the Voidoids: A Pre-Punk History for a Post-Punk World Clinton HeylinHeylin Non-Fiction Music United States
7.0 Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American MusicThe Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music Robert PricePriceb Non-Fiction Music, History United States
7.0 Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of DreamsDino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams Nick ToschesTosches Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
7.0 Girl in a Band: A MemoirGirl in a Band: A Memoir Kim GordonGordon Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.0 Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007)Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) Dan OzziOzzi Non-Fiction Music United States
7.0 Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock MusicOut of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music Ellen WillisWillis Non-Fiction Music, Essays United States
7.0 Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a TimeLove is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time Rob SheffieldSheffield Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.0 Bad Seed: The Biography of Nick CaveBad Seed: The Biography of Nick Cave Ian JohnstonJohnston Non-Fiction Music, Biography United Kingdom
7.0 Any Old Way You Choose It: Rock and Other Pop Music, 1967-1973Any Old Way You Choose It: Rock and Other Pop Music, 1967-1973 Robert ChristgauChristgau Non-Fiction Music, Essays United States
7.0 Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock MusicThe Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music Nick KentKent Non-Fiction Music, Biography United Kingdom
7.0 Set the Boy FreeSet the Boy Free Johnny MarrMarr Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United Kingdom
7.0 Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural ObsessionDead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession Greil MarcusMarcus Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
7.0 Williamsburg Avant-Garde: Experimental Music and Sound on the Brooklyn WaterfrontThe Williamsburg Avant-Garde: Experimental Music and Sound on the Brooklyn Waterfront Cisco BradleyBradley Non-Fiction Music United States
7.0 Rise, The Fall, and the RiseThe Rise, The Fall, and the Rise Brix Smith StartStart Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United Kingdom
7.0 Time Has Come Today: Rock and Roll Diaries 1967-2007Time Has Come Today: Rock and Roll Diaries 1967-2007 Harold BronsonBronson Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.0 Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert IslandStranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island Greil MarcusMarcus Non-Fiction Music United States
7.0 Get in the Van: On the Road With Black FlagGet in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag Henry RollinsRollins Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.0 Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by MingusBeneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus Charles MingusMingus Non-Fiction Autobiography/Memoir, Music United States
7.0 PossibilitiesPossibilities Herbie HancockHancock Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.0 XTC: Chalkhills and Children: The Definitive BiographyXTC: Chalkhills and Children: The Definitive Biography Chris TwomeyTwomey Non-Fiction Music, Biography United Kingdom
7.0 Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi ExplodedStrange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded Jason HellerHeller Non-Fiction Literary Studies, Music United States
7.0 Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and MadnessEveryone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness Neil StraussStrauss Non-Fiction Biography, Music United States
7.0 Platinum Producer’s Life in MusicA Platinum Producer’s Life in Music Ted TemplemanTempleman Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.0 Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American MusicGood Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music Ann PowersPowers Non-Fiction Music, Sociology United States
7.0 Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North DakotaFargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota Chuck KlostermanKlosterman Non-Fiction Music, Autobiography/Memoir United States
7.0 Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock CriticLet It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic Jim DeRogatisDeRogatis Non-Fiction Music, Biography United States
7.0 Best of Q: Who the Hell?The Best of Q: Who the Hell? Tom HibbertHibbert Non-Fiction Music, Essays United Kingdom