We continue discussing music titles in your core collection that will generate lively conversations and listening sessions with these nonfiction books.
Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen
In this entertaining autobiography, Springsteen traces his trajectory from working-class New Jerseyan to humble superstardom in prose that recalls his unique songwriting style in its insight, light, and shadow, and that will move even the most cursory of fans.
Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land
by Sandy Tolan
By telling the story of musically gifted and brave Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan—who saw his father and brother murdered yet realized his dream of opening a music school—Tolan encapsulates the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict and celebrates the transcendent power of music.
Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—from South Central to Hollywood
by Ice-T and Douglas Century
I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway
by Greg Kot
The Staples family went from a hardscrabble life in Mississippi to Chicago’s church circuit to worldwide fame, merging the genres of roots, gospel, and soul while influencing and being influenced by the civil rights era.
Lament from Epirus: An Odyssey into Europe’s Oldest Surviving Folk Music
by Christopher C. King
Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story—How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War
by Nigel Cliff
In this compulsively readable, heartwarming biography, Cliff traces the adventures of Texan pianist Van Cliburn, who won Moscow’s first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 and became an adored classical-music superstar..
A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism
by Paul Youngquist
Composer-conductor Nicholas, a rising star when he joins the Boston Conservatory, falls in love with a student, violinist Remy, and leaves his wife and daughter, a cataclysm Kalotay sensuously dramatizes over two decades.
Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture
by Hisham D. Aidi
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution
by Todd S. Purdum
Susan Maguire is the Senior Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist.
Donna Seaman is Adult Books Editor for Booklist, a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, a member of the Content Leadership Team for the American Writers Museum, and a frequent presenter at literary events and programs. Seaman’s new book is Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.