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100 Music Books To Read Before You Die

Take it from us: reading about music can be just as fun as listening to it.

There’s a famous saying out there about music writing, maybe you’ve heard it? It goes, “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” The basic idea is that it’s almost impossible to write or read about music in a way that truly captures the essence of the stuff.

Apparently, the staff at Billboard take issue with that idea. They’ve gone ahead and published a list of 100 outstanding books about music that are definitely worth your attention span. With entries ranging from dad rocker autobiographies to underground dance music exposes it has something for just about everyone—even people into harsh experimental noise! Add it all up and it makes for a pretty compelling case in favor or music writing.

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