There's nothing like the marriage between literature and music. For that reason, this Reading List edition highlights titles that combine the best of both worlds.
Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne

By James Gavin

Although she led a fairly illustrious career, Lena Horne's behind-the-scenes world was a tumultuous one marked by racism, failed marriages, painful childhood, the loss of her son, and ideological conflicts. The comprehensive biography seeks to humanize the glamorous singer, and in doing so, provides explanations for why, for almost a decade, she has chosen to no longer engage with the public.
To Be or Not To Bop

By Dizzy Gillespie with Al Fraser

Father of bepop John Birks Gillespie's 1979 autobiography has been reissued to recall the incredible life and musical contributions of America's treasured trumpet virtuoso.
Unsigned Hype

By Booker T. Mattison

The debut novel by video director and filmmaker captures the idealistic dreams but opposing realities of a teenage musician who wants to be the next big hip hop star.
It's Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop's First Latino DJ

By Luis "DJ Disco Wiz" Cedeno and Ivan Sanchez

The memoir of the Mighty Force crew member chronicles his participation in hip hop's development alongside Grandmaster Caz, his dramatic turn toward drugs, violence, and jail, and his subsequent redemption.

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"On Michael Jackson," a critical, yet sympathetic look at the icon.

Farai Chideya's rock-n-roll novel "Kiss the Sky."

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