We love our Summer Reading themes, and I’ve talked a little about three of them, so today it’s time for the fourth: Explore Music. This summer, Adults can earn tickets in our grad prize drawings by completing two of four activities on the four badges. One of the Music activities is to read a book about music. We have lots of books you can check out here (they are mostly in the 780s near the Reference Desk), or from one of our ebook services. I’ve even compiled a list below of some titles you might find interesting if you need some help picking a music book. (The book you read does not have to come from this list, though.)

So enjoy some music this summer, and some reading, and some musical reading!


PS It’s not too late to sign up for Summer Reading, by the way! You can do so here.

Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen by Bill Bentley

Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with the Beatles by Tony Bramwell

Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century by Nate Chinen

How to Listen to Jazz by Ted Gioia

Def Jam, Inc.: Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and the Extraordinary Story of the World’s Most Influential Hip Hop Label by Stacy Gueraseva

Beethoven’s Eroica: The First Great Romantic Symphony by James Hamilton-Paterson

Britney Spears: Little Girl Lost by Christopher Heard

Showstoppers!: The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway’s Most Remarkable Songs by Gerald Nachman

It’s a Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson

Stand Up Straight and Sing! by Jessye Norman

The Hip Hop Years: A History of Rap by Alex Ogg

The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson

Talking Guitar: Conversations with Musicians Who Shaped Twentieth-Century American Music by Jas Obrecht

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton

The Beautiful Ones by Prince

Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America edited by Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter

On Power: My Journey through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power by Gene Simmons

The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide by Anthony Tommasini

Born for This: My Story in Music by BeBe Winans

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