By Laura Joplin
DB 36139, Available as a BARD Download
Laura Joplin was a graduate student in 1970 when her famous rock and roll star sister Janis died of a drug overdose. Known for such 1960s songs as "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Get It While You Can," Janis was both a booze-swilling, raspy-voiced, wild dresser and, as her letters home reveal, a friendly young woman who was serious about her music and thrilled and amazed by her increasing popularity. 1992
My Love Story: A Memoir
By Tina Turner
DB 92875, LT 25845, Available as a BARD Download
Legendary singer aims to set the record straight about her career and complicated personal life. Covers her early life in Tennessee, her rise to fame with husband Ike Turner, her success as a solo artist, and the sometimes dark hours in between. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
BR 16896, Available as a BARD Download
Strangers Nick and Norah meet at a punk-rock club and experience a night of adventure. Nick, a musician, has just had a painful breakup with his girlfriend, and brokenhearted Norah also needs reassurance. The two romp through Manhattan and fall in love. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2006.
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991
By Michael Azerrad
DB 74773, Available as a BARD Download
Author reconstructs the 1981-1991 punk-influenced underground music scene, which advocated a do-it-yourself aesthetic that revolutionized American music. Profiles thirteen bands, including Black Flag, the Minutemen, HuÌsker DuÌ, the Replacements, Fugazi, and Beat Happening. Discusses the role of independent record labels SST, Dischord, Sub Pop, K, and others. 2001.
Ricki and the Flash
By Jonathan Demme
Meryl Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Also starring Rick Springfield, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Joe Vitale, Rick Rosas. Rated PG-13 for mature theme and language. 101 Min. 2015.
Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
By Charles Cross
DB 62315, BRC 634, Available as BARD Download
The author uses primary sources to depict the life of guitarist Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970). Describes his poverty-stricken childhood in Seattle, years on the "Chitlin' Circuit," emergence on England's music scene, success at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and death at age twenty-seven. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll
By Peter Guralnick
DB 83063, Available as a BARD Download
A music historian profiles the legendary music producer. With his Memphis-based Sun Records, Phillips launched the careers of greats like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. Phillips was instrumental in giving many African American artists a musical outlet. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain
By Danny Goldberg
DB 94636, Available as a BARD Download
Twenty-five years after Kurt Cobain's suicide, Nirvana's former manager presents a biography of the band's lead singer. Focuses on Nirvana's rise to superstardom, Cobain's relationship with Courtney Love, and the addictions he battled. Includes interviews with friends, family, and former bandmates. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop From Elvis to Jay Z
By Kevin J.H. Dettmar
DB 89051, Available as a BARD Download
The author of novels including Motherless Brooklyn (DB 49231) teams up with a music journalist to present this survey of writings about rock and pop music, comprising fifty essays and works of music criticism by Amiri Baraka, Lester Bangs, Nick Tosches, Ellen Willis, Greil Marcus, and others. Some strong language. 2017.