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Books by Booklist Authors: Ada Wolin’s GOLDEN HITS OF THE SHANGRI-LAS

Books by Booklist Authors: Ada Wolin’s GOLDEN HITS OF THE SHANGRI-LAS

Ada Wolin joined Booklist as an editorial assistant last year surrounded by a kind of hush: a recent Booklist intern and graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), she’d also already written her first book. An energetic kaleidoscope-spin through the Shangri-Las 1966 album, Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las, Wolin’s entry in […]

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Aretha Franklin: A Bibliography

Aretha Franklin: A Bibliography

  Aretha Franklin has died. In her lifetime, the musical giant inspired a trove of books about or inspired by her outsized legacy. In tribute, we offer this bibliography of recommended titles linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews—a small fraction of the books in which Franklin appears as a key figure in Black history, Civil […]

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Music in Fiction and Nonfiction: The Playlist

Music in Fiction and Nonfiction: The Playlist

The latest Booklist features a Core Collection of fiction and nonfiction books about music. These books are so cool they deserve their own playlist—so we made one. To follow are 20 essential music titles with songs chosen by Donna Seaman, Annie Bostrom, and yours truly. At the end of the post, we’ve provided a Spotify […]

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A Glen Campbell Reader

A Glen Campbell Reader

Glen Campbell died yesterday at the age of 81 from Alzheimer’s, leaving behind an enduring legacy of songs, films, and—you guessed it—books. Below, six titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible, that shed light on the entertainer’s long and bumpy life.   The Cake and the Rain, by Jimmy Webb Campbell and Webb maintained a […]

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Celebrate the Chairman’s 101st birthday with the 10 Best Sinatra Songs
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Celebrate the Chairman’s 101st birthday with the 10 Best Sinatra Songs

Editor’s note: Happy 101st birthday, Frank Sinatra! This piece first appeared last year, but we’re making Uncle Frank’s birthday an annual tradition at Booklist, so here it is again. Please note we’ve included a playlist below. I fell in love with jazz in high school and became something of an obnoxious purist, convinced that violins belonged only in classical music. […]

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10 Books for Fans of PBS’s SOUNDBREAKING

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 […]

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Leonard Cohen: Passes Softly

Leonard Cohen: Passes Softly

This has been a long week. Making it longer still is the recent news that the legendary gentleman of many beautiful songs and even more poetic words, Leonard Cohen, had passed away last night. I had the privilege of seeing him live at the Chicago Theater back in May 2009. It was his first Chicago […]

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Reviews of the Week: Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, Bruce Springsteen, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, Bruce Springsteen, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from September 26 through September 30 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, September 26 Forward, by Abby Wambach Before retiring in 2015, soccer forward Wambach […]

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By September 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Born to Run

On Tuesday, rock legend Bruce Springsteen released his autobiography, Born to Run (Simon & Schuster), which June Sawyer lauds in her starred Booklist review: “Through the magic of his songs, and now the wizardry of his prose, Springsteen has healed many a heart by reimagining moments from his own life.” In the video above, Springsteen describes the origins of […]

All the Young Punks: Punk Rock Primers
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All the Young Punks: Punk Rock Primers

I have a confession. If I were to have an alter ego, it would be a punk-rock chick. I am about as far from punk rock as you can get, which, perhaps, accounts for my fascination with this culture. I love rules; I’m not very political; and I hate wearing black, though I’d happily dye […]