10 Books for Fans of PBS’s SOUNDBREAKING

Over the last week I have discovered PBS’s new documentary series Soundbreaking. I have not caught up on all eight episodes yet, but what I have seen was immediately addicting. The show starts with the producer’s role in the creation of pop music and expands to include histories of punk, hip-hop, and MTV—all the while mindful of how music is consumed with respect to technology. I’m predicting this series will be required viewing for anyone contemplating a career in pop music. While you’re catching up on the series with me, check out the following books:

appetite-for-self-destruction-steve-knopperAppetite for Self-Destruction, by Steve Knopper

Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideasby Chuck Klosterman

Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul, by Mark Ribowsky

Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, by Mark Yarm

Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ, by Mark Katz

dreams-to-remember-mark-ribowsky How Music Works, by David Byrne

Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records, by James Nice

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, by John Seabrook

Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L. A. Punk, by John Doe

VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave, by Nina Blackwood et al.

 

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Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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