Book Bingo Hacks: Music

In a recent post about Book Bingo hacks, I asked whether any of the categories were proving tricky. 
And Lark, of the wonderful blog Lark Writes… on books and life, mentioned Music and Food. 
So today we’re facing the Music!
Here are some suggestions, organized by genre, style, or mood. 
Huge and literary: City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
Informative: The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook
This nonfiction expose of the current music industry sounds intriguing. 
Autobiography: Life by Keith Richards

Although I’m so freaked out by drug use, I really liked this book.

Literary memoir: Just Kids by Patti Smith

OK, so it’s not so much focused on her music. I say it still counts.

Pop culture-y: Cornflakes with John Lennon by Robert Hilburn
A music journalist tells true tales. Entertaining.
Gen X: The Exes by Pagan Kennedy
When I read this book eons ago, I remember it making me very happy. 

Or you could go with High Fidelity

Literary: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 
Quirky chick lit: The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
I read this pre-blog and liked it lots. 
Chick lit meets country: And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You by Kathi Kamen Goldmark
If you kinda like some country music every now and again, give this one a whirl.
Book discussion wonder: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
One of the most discussable books I’ve ever met
And if you want more ideas, the good folks over at The Daily Beast worked up a very nice list of the best novels about music. 

I hope this list sparks some ideas!

3 thoughts on “Book Bingo Hacks: Music

  1. Great list! I've written down at least five of these books that I want to try. Book bingo is so much fun; I look forward to it every year. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions!!!

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