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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781937512651
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

This is a must read. Abdurraqib combines the experience of music and culture through such an engaging lens, it's hard to put it down. He can talk about Carly Rae Jepsen, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springsteen, being black, being Muslim, living in contemporary America all in one breath with such ease and such a command for language. Seriously, even his Instagram captions are well-written (you should follow him). 


Review by Emily

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ISBN: 9780374169947
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Published: MCD - September 24th, 2019

For every young creative who is just trying to find their place in the world. Reading this feels like you’re reading the diary of your best friend.

Review by Rosa

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Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580898270
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Charlesbridge - November 28th, 2017

The artwork in this book is SUBLIME! I was so entranced by the soft, graphite drawings that transition from page to page and add emotional depth to Nina's story. However, the text is sparse and best serves as an introduction to her accomplishments. But hopefully this beautiful book sparks an interest to learn more of the life of this legendary singer. 

Review by Nicole

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The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620971796
Availability: Unavailable
Published: New Press - August 2nd, 2016

When Franz Nicolay quit his job playing keys in The Hold Steady, he did exactly what any sensible, accordion-toting folk-punk would: he went to tour the former Soviet Bloc on his own, sleeping in strangers' apartments and on venue floors, and traveling via overnight trains with dubious schedules. With Rebecca West as his literary guide, Nicolay visited some of the darker, stranger corners of the Balkans and the former USSR, met a tight-knit community of rockers, artists, dreamers, and all-around nutjobs, drank a quantity of Vodka, and played some great shows – all while witnessing firsthand the disturbing resurgence of nationalist movements and the renewed spread of Kremlin control in the region. A fascinating travelogue, a political study of an increasingly relevant corner of the world, and a rare rock and roll tour memoir that manages to be engaging and intimate without feeling self-indulgent, all wrapped up in one excellent package.

Review by Sam

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Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062233097
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Dey Street Books - May 23rd, 2017

For readers who remember what it is like to use the click-wheel on a first generation iPod, or watched Gideon Yago on MTV2, this book is for you. Exploring the rise and fall of the post-9/11 indie music scene that grew from the grimy grates of NYC and beyond, the oral history includes vibrant voices like Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes, Interpol, and other bands that your cool older sister introduced to you back in middle school.

Review by Sarah C.