Holiday Gift Books for Musicians and Music Lovers

By Candice Chaplin | August 16 2021 | FictionNonfictionPromo Opportunity

For devoted music fan or pop culture buffs in bookstores, stock and promote the best backlist music books. Music books covering many genres (rock, K-pop, country, punk, hip-hop and more) and formats (from memoirs and biographies to cultural essays and songwriter guides), so there’s something for everyone.

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This Is Your Brain on Music
The Science of a Human Obsession
978-0-452-28852-2
In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the human brain. Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he reveals:• How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world• Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre• That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise• How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our headA Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, This Is Your Brain on Music will attract readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.
$20.00 US
Aug 28, 2007
Paperback
Dutton
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Beautiful Ones
978-0-399-58965-2
The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words--featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death
$32.00 US
Oct 29, 2019
Hardcover
One World
US, Canada, Open Mkt

How Music Works
978-0-8041-8893-7
Updated with new insights from the incomparable David Byrne, this is an illuminative look inside the formative elements of music from the Talking Heads musician, filmmaker, and author
$26.00 US
May 02, 2017
Paperback
Crown
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Beastie Boys Book
978-0-8129-9554-1
A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself--by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.
$50.00 US
Oct 30, 2018
Hardcover
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Musicophilia
Tales of Music and the Brain
978-1-4000-3353-9
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition.“Powerful and compassionate. . . . A book that not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind.” —The New York Times In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.” Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.
$20.00 US
Sep 23, 2008
Paperback
Vintage
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)