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Here you'll find a wealth of music-related resources, from tune collections and instructional books to volumes on musical culture and biographies of influential musicians. Enjoy! (And make sure you have some good music playing while you read!)


John Luther Adams
The Place Where You Go to Listen: In Search of an Ecology of Music

Jonathan Aitken
John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace

Breck Alan
The Art of Body Singing, Vol. I

Scott Alarik
Revival: a Folk Music Novel

Tori Amos
The Bee Sides

Robin Adnan Anders
Voices of the Doumbek


Duck Baker
Celtic Melodies for Fingerpicking Guitar, with John Renbourn & Stefan Grossman
Fingerstyle Blues Guitar 101
Mel Bay's Complete Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Book, with El McMeen & Stefan Grossman

Collin Bay
Glossary of Guitar Terms

William Bay
Mastering the Guitar
Mastering the Guitar: Technique Studies: A Comprehensive Method for Today's Guitarist

Andrew Beaujon
Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock

Larry Birnbaum
Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll

Peter Blood & Annie Patterson, editors
Rise Again Songbook

Victor V. Bobetsky, editor
We Shall Overcome: Essays on a Great American Song

Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, editors
All Music Guide to Country

Joe Bonomo
Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America's Garage Band

John M. Borack
John Lennon: Life is What Happens

Billy Bragg
The Progressive Patriot

Bill Brennan
Irish & Scottish Airs & Ballads for Acoustic Guitar

David Brody
The Fiddler's Fakebook

Donald Brown
Bob Dylan: American Troubadour

John Robert Brown
A Concise History of Jazz

Bob Brunning
Blues: The British Connection

Jerry Burgan & Alan Rifkin
Wounds to Bind: a Memoir of the Folk-Rock Revolution

David Burke
Singing Out: A Folk Narrative of Maddy Prior, June Tabor & Linda Thompson

William J. Bush
Greenback Dollar: The Rise of the Kingston Trio


Michael Scott Cain
The Americana Revolution: From Country & Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, & Beyond

Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather & Brian Priestley
The Rough Guide to Jazz

Linda Carroll
Her Mother's Daughter:
  A Memoir of the Mother I Never Knew & of My Daughter, Courtney Love

Johnny Cash
Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, edited by Paul Muldoon

Rosanne Cash, editor
Songs Without Rhyme

Gordon Castelnero & David L. Russell
Earl Scruggs: Banjo Icon

Charles Chapman
Music Essentials: Basic Music Theory for All Instruments

Jerome Charyn
Gangsters & Gold Diggers: Old New York, the Jazz Age & the Birth of Broadway

John Cherry
Paul McCartney's Solo Music Career, 1970-2010: Life, Love & a Sense of Child-like Wonder

Liam Clancy
The Mountain of the Women: Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour

Anthony John Clarke
The Songs of Anthony John Clarke

Ronald D. Cohen, editor
Wasn't That a Time! Firsthand Accounts of the Folk Music Revival

Peter Cooper
Mel Bay's Complete Irish Fiddle Player

Paul Cranford, editor
Brenda Stubbert's Collection of Fiddle Tunes
Jerry Holland's Collection of Fiddle Tunes
The Lighthouse Collection of Newly Composed Fiddle Tunes

Richard Crawford
America's Musical Life: A History

Lisle Crowley
Easy Celtic Solos for Fingerstyle Guitar

Winnie Czulinski
Drone On: The High History of Celtic Music


Antonino D'Ambrosio
A Heartbeat & a Guitar: Johnny Cash & the Making of "Bitter Tears"

Greg Dawson
Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946

Bruce Dean
You Can Be a Ukulele Chord Genius

Alex DiBlasi & Victoria Willis, editors
Geek Rock: An Exploration of Music & Subculture

Johnny Duhan
To the Light

Kate Dunlay & David Greenberg
Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton

Bob Dylan
Chronicles, Vol. 1


Dennis P. Eichhorn & J.R. Williams
The Legend of Wild Man Fischer

Tommy Emmanuel
Fingerstyle Guitar Method

David Ensminger
Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with Artists Who Shaped Indie & Roots Music

Wayne Erbsen
Log Cabin Pioneers: Stories, Songs & Sayings
Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories & History

Steven B. Eulberg
Dulcimer-Friendly Worship, Vol. II


Jane Ross Fallon
Seven Songs in Seven Days: Journey of an Arkansas Traveler (2011)

Nelson Faria & Cliff Korman
Inside the Brazilian Rhythm Section

Benjamin Filene
Romancing the Folk: Public Memory & American Roots Music

Ruth Finnegan
The Hidden Musicians

Tommy Flint
Kentucky Thumbpicking Blues for Guitar

Barry Foy
Field Guide to the Irish Music Session

Lonn Friend
Life on Planet Rock: From Guns N' Roses to Nirvana, a Backstage Journey through Rock's Most Debauched Decade

Cari Fuchs, editor
Irish Session Tune Book


Liam Gaul
Masters of Irish Music

Dan Gelo
Fiddle Tunes & Irish Music for Guitar

Gary Giddins
Visions of Jazz: The First Century

John Glatt
The Chieftains: The Authorized Biography

Charlie Glendinning
The Glendinning Collection of Bagpipe Music

Deborah Godin
Papa Do Run: A Baby Boomer Looks (& Laughs) at Vintage Rock 'n' Roll

Justin Goldberg
The Ultimate Survival Guide to the New Music Industry: Handbook for Hell

Joan Oliver Goldsmith
How Can We Keep from Singing: Music & the Passionate Life

Jonathan Gould
Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain & America

Aonghas Grant, with Barbara McOwen, Laura Risk & Peggy Duesenberry
The Glengarry Collection: The Highland Fiddle Music of Aonghas Grant, Vol. 1

David Greenberg & Kate Dunlay
Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton

Neil Griffin
Complete Bluegrass Banjo Method

Stefan Grossman & Duck Baker
Mel Bay's Complete Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Book, with El McMeen
Celtic Melodies for Fingerpicking Guitar, with John Renbourn


Randy Halberstadt
Metaphors for the Musician: Perspectives from a Jazz Pianist

Mick Hanly
Wish Me Well

Steafan Hannigan & David Ledsam
The Low Whistle Book

Amy Hanson
Smashing Pumpkins: Tales of a Scorched Earth

Mary Ann Harbar
Gypsy Violin

Colin Harper & Trevor Hodgett
Irish Folk, Trad & Blues: A Secret History

Craig Harris
The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music
Heartbeat, Warble & the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music

Julie Henigan

Clinton Heylin
No More Sad Refrains: The Life & Times of Sandy Denny

Robert Hilburn
Cornflakes with John Lennon

Brian Hinton & Geoff Wall
Ashley Hutchings: The Authorised Biography
Ashley Hutchings: The Guv'nor & the Rise of Folk Rock 1945-1973

Matt & Erica Hinton
Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp

John Holenko
Contra Dance Encyclopedia

Jerry Holland
Jerry Holland's Collection of Fiddle Tunes
The Second Collection

David Holt
Folk Rhythms: Learn to Play Spoons, Bones, Washboard, Hambone & the Paper Bag

Bart Hopkin
Orbitones, Spoon Harps & Bellowphones: Experimental Musical Instruments

Stan Hugill
Shanties from the Seven Seas

Hugin the Bard
A Bard's Book of Pagan Songs: Stories & Music from the Celtic World

Mary G. Hurd
Kris Kristofferson: Country Highwayman


Mitsutoshi Inaba
John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson: The Blues Harmonica of Chicago's Bronzeville

Colin Irwin
In Search of the Craic: One Man's Pub Crawl Through Irish Music


Andrew Grant Jackson
1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music

Nigel James
Lessons from the Road

Michael Jarrett
Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings


George Kahumoku Jr. with Paul Konwiser
A Hawaiian Life

Deborah Kapchan
Traveling Spirit Masters: Morrocan Gnawa Trance & Music in the Global Marketplace

Will Kaufman
 Woody Guthrie's Modern World Blues

Malachy Kearns

Patricia Kennealy
Strange Days: My Life With & Without Jim Morrison

Anthony Kiedis
Scar Tissue

Carole King
A Natural Woman: A Memoir

Richard Kochli
Best in the West: Nashville Guitar

Ken Kolodner
Walking Stones: Music from A Celtic Sojourn for Hammered Dulcimer

Todd Kwait
Chasin' Gus' Ghost


Grey Larsen
The Essential Guide to the Irish Flute & Tin Whistle

C.P. Lee
Like the Night (Revisited): Bob Dylan & the Road to the Manchester Free Trade Hall

Bob Leszczak
Who Did It First? Great Pop Cover Songs & Their Original Artists
Who Did It First? Great Rhythm & Blues Cover Songs & Their Original Artists
Who Did It First? Great Rock 'n' Roll Cover Songs

Laurie Lewis
Earth & Sky: The Laurie Lewis Songbook

Peter Lewry
I've Been Everywhere: A Johnny Cash Chronicle

Joyce Lucia
Voice for Musicians

Dorian Lynskey
33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs from Billie Holiday to Green Day


Jimmy MacCarthy
Ride On

Natalie MacMaster
Cape Breton Island Fiddle

Bill C. Malone
Sing Me Back Home: Southern Roots & Country Music

Gary Marcus
Guitar Zero: The New Musician & the Science of Learning

Greil Marcus
Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music, 6th Revised Edition

Juan Martin
Play Solos: Flamenco Guitar

Sharyn McCrumb
The Songcatcher

Mary McLaughlin
Singing in Irish Gaelic

Martin Melhuish
Celtic Tides: Traditional Music in a New Age

Allan Metz, editor
Blondie, from Punk to the Present

Christy Moore
One Voice: My Life in Song

Liz Moore
The Words of Every Song

Michael Moynihan
Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground

Ed Munger
Jigs & Reels for Classic Guitar

Mitch Myers
The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock & Roll Fables & Sonic Storytelling


R. Carlos Nakai & James Demars
The Art of the Native American Flute

Simon Napier-Bell
Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay: The Dodgy Business of Popular Music

Chuck Negron
Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story

Frederick M. Noad
Solo Guitar Playing: Book 1


John O'Brien Jr.
Festival Legends: Songs & Stories

Tomas O'Canainn
Traditional Music in Ireland

Turlough O'Carolan
The Complete Works of O'Carolan

Rionach ui Ogain & Tom Sherlock
The Otherworld: Music & Song from Irish Tradition


Jeanne Page
Irish Songbook for Hammered Dulcimer
Scottish Songbook for Hammered Dulcimer

Christopher Parkening
Christopher Parkening Guitar Method: The Art & Technique of the Classical Guitar

Arthur Peacocke & Ann Pederson
The Music of Creation

Ellen Pearlman
Tibetan Sacred Dance: A Journey into the Religious & Folk Traditions

Elizabeth Pepin & Lewis Watts
Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era


Bonnie Rideout
A Scottish Christmas for Fiddle

Hank Rineke
Arlo Guthrie: The Warner Reprise Years

Martin Roach
Morphing the Blues: The White Stripes & the Strange Relevance of Detroit

Garnet Rogers
Night Drive: Travels with My Brother

Seth Rogovoy
The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots & Soul Music

Timme Rosenkrantz
Harlem Jazz Adventures

Dwight Rounds
The Year the Music Died, 1964-1972


Oliver Sacks
Musicophilia: Tales of Music & the Brain

Maggie Sansone
A Traveler's Dream: Celtic Explorations for Hammered Dulcimer

June Skinner Sawyers
Celtic Music: A Complete Guide

A.D. Schofield & J. Say
Billy Pigg: The Border Minstrel

Chuck Sher & Larry Dunlap, editors
The All-Jazz Real Book

Hugh Shields
Tunes of the Munster Pipers: Irish Traditional Music from the James Goodman Manuscripts

Russ Shipton
The Complete Blues & Ragtime Guitar Player

Fred & Irwin Silber, editors
Folksinger's Wordbook

Jerry Silverman & Wayne Ebersen
Ballads & Songs of the Civil War

Nikki Sixx
The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star

Slash & Anthony Bozza

Ralph Lee Smith, with Madeline MacNeil
Folk Songs of Old Kentucky

Bob Snider
On Songwriting

Irish Ballad Book

Meic Stevens
Solva Blues

Carol Stober
Love Songs for Autoharp

Sheridon Stokes & Richard Condon
Illustrated Method for Flute

Roni Stoneman, with Ellen Wright
Pressing On

Kay Marshall Strom
Once Blind: The Life of John Newton

Brenda Stubbert
Brenda Stubbert's Collection of Fiddle Tunes

David P. Szatmary
Rockin' in Time: A Social History of Rock-and-Roll


Dave Thompson
The Wit & Wisdom of Ozzie Osborne

Ryan J. Thomson
The Fiddler's Almanac

Steve Turner
The Band That Played On


Michael E. Veal
Dub: Soundscapes & Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

Charles Vess

Richard Voss
O'Carolan's Tunes for Descant/Soprano Recorder
O'Carolan's Tunes for Piano, with Laurence Traiger
Roving Through Ireland: Piano Solos of Traditional Irish Folk Music, with Laurence Traiger


Geoff Wallis & Sue Wilson
The Rough Guide to Irish Music

Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys
The Cat's Meow: Ukulele Favorites from the Roaring Twenties

Ann & Nancy Wilson, with Charles R. Cross
Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll

David A. Wilson
Ireland, a Bicycle & a Tin Whistle

Gary Wright
 Dream Weaver: A Memoir; Music, Meditation & My Friendship with George Harrison


Michael P. Zirpolo
Mr. Trumpet: The Trials, Tribulations & Triumph of Bunny Berigan