All Library branches will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Related Resources

History & Biography 

New Music Biographies Hit the Right Notes

The Library has many biographies of composers and musicians.  Check out these recent additions to the collection:

Between a Heart and a Rock Place:  a Memoir by Pat Benatar with Patsi Bale Cox
Benatar's memoir of life as a rock musician, including her struggles as a female rocker in a man's world.

Bob Marley:  the Untold Story by Chris Salewicz
A detailed account of the artist's life from humble beginnings to worldwide success, this book includes many interviews and descriptions of life and the musical scene in Jamaica.

Let there be Rock:  the Story of AC/DC by Susan Masino
This history of the legendary Australian band covers three decades and includes biographies, illustrations, a discography and a CD of interviews of the five original members.

The Ninth:  Beethoven and the World in 1824 by Harvey Sachs
Explores the social and artistic movements at the time of the premiere of the Ninth Symphony in 1824 and analyzes the musical score and its impact on music history.

Princess Noire:  the Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone by Nadine Cohodas
Follows the life of the brilliant musician from her early years as a musical prodigy and examines her many struggles and triumphs.

Three Chords for Beauty's Sake:  the Life of Artie Shaw by Tom Nolan
Tells the story of this musical genius who was a virtuoso clarinetist, composer and one of the great bandleaders of the swing era.

Walking on the Moon:  the Untold Story of the Police and the Rise of New Wave Rock by Chris Campion
Enter the world of 1980s new wave rock in this biography of Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.

You Can't Always Get What You Want:  My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates by Sam Cutler
A behind-the-scenes memoir from the personal manager for the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and other rock groups.

You Don't Know Me:  Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles by Ray Charles Robinson, Jr. with Mary Jane Ross (also available in Audiobook CD)
Written by his eldest son, this intimate portrait of the legendary composer, pianist and singer is told with honesty and love. 


Find this article at

JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.

Free wi-fi

Friends of the library

The Library Foundation

Bookmark and Share

Sign up for the newsletter

© Springfield-Greene County Library District