Adult Readers Advisory, Children Readers Advisory, Summer Reading

NPL Rocks! Music Materials for Adults & Kids

In honor of this year’s summer reading theme, we’ve collected some suggestions for you.

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Born to run (B SPRINGSTEEN)
Can’t be satisfied: the life and times of Muddy Waters (B WATERS)
David Bowie (B BOWIE)
Decoded (B JAY-Z)
Heavier than heaven: a biography of Kurt Cobain (B COBAIN)
Holler if you hear me: searching for Tupac Shakur (B SHAKUR)
Just kids (B SMITH)
M Train (B SMITH)
Miles: the biography (B DAVIS)
Reckless daughter (B MITCHELL)
Waging heavy peace: a hippie dream (B YOUNG)
The New Grove turn of the century masters (780.92 NEW)
Coltrane: the story of a sound (788.7 RATLIFF)
Phish: the biography (920 PUTERBAUGH)
Girls like us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – and the journey of a generation (920 WELLER)


20 feet from stardom (DVD TWENTY)
Beyond 88 Keys, the music of Michael Arnowitt (DVD 780.92 ARNOWITT)
Buena Vista Social Club (DVD 781.64 BUENA)
Contra connections (DVD 793.31 CONTRA)


Becoming Bach by Tom Leonard (J B BACH)
Buddy: the story of Buddy Holly by Anne Bustard (J B HOLLY)
Charlie Parker played be bop by Chris Raschka (JP RASCHKA)
Django by Bonnie Christensen (J B REINHARDT)
Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney (J B ELLINGTON)
Elvis Presley: a twentieth century life by Wilborn Hampton (J B PRESLEY)
Janis Joplin: Rise up singing by Ann Angel (JYA B JOPLIN)
Jazz A-B-Z! by Wynton Marsalis (J 811 MARSALIS)
Jazz on a Saturday Night by Leo and Diane Dillon (JP DILLON)
Jimi: Sounds like a rainbow by Gary Golio (J B HENDRIX)
John Lennon: All I want is truth by Elizabeth Partridge JYA B LENNON)
John Philip Sousa by Mike Venezia (J B VENEZIA)
Legends, icons & rebels: music that changed the world by Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson, Jared Levine (JYA 920 ROBERTSON)
Little Melba and her big trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown (J B LISTON)
Music was it: young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin (JYA B BERNSTEIN)
Piano starts here: the young Art Tatum by Robert Andrew Parker (J B TATUM)
Skit-scat raggedy cat: Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill (J B FITZGERALD)
The blues singers: ten who rocked the world by Julius Lester (J 781.643 LESTER)
The Grateful Fred by Greg Trine (JFC TRINE)
Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrew (J B ANDREWS)