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Love for music can be explored through a variety of different platforms. Many music lovers will often listen to podcasts, read magazines, or browse through related websites to keep themselves updated on their favorite artists and genres. Books also have great information for those who are inspired by stories of artist backgrounds and music theory. Below, we will look at a few books that every music lover should read, as featured in an article on Penguin Random House.

1. The Beautiful Ones – Prince

The iconic music star began writing this memoir before his untimely tragic death. This book tells the first-hand account of Prince’s coming of age into superstardom, featuring brilliant writing and never-before-seen photos. There are also lyric sheets and original scrapbooks included, making the book a complete experience for readers. This book can be purchased at places such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Target.

2. My Own Devices – Dessa

This memoir is a fascinating literary debut from the music star Dessa. It features various insights regarding love, science, and language. We get to see poignant details of what happens inside someone’s mind as they travel long distances to various music gigs. 

3. What Is It All About But Luminous – Art Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel are one of the most respected and famous duos that music has ever seen. Art uses this book to tell his own kind of memoir about his personal life and what went into making him the musician that he became. We get to see how he evolved as a man and a life-long friendship and partnership that ended up being an iconic collaboration that will go down in history. Their successful pathfinding folk-rock music is pivotal to the rolling age, and this book details various stories of how it came to be.

4. Frank – James Kaplan

Frank Sinatra might just be one of the most important musical figures of all time. His music has transcended generations, and he is still referenced by many today. James Kaplan uses this book to give further insight into Sinatra’s turbulent life and complex psyche. The book discusses the star’s humble beginning in Hoboken, his unfortunate decline, and his incredible return in From Here to Eternity, which also won an Oscar.