What are your favorite music books?

The Current Rock and Roll Book Club Essential Reads

What are the all-time essential reads for music fans? From music memoirs to genre histories to novels set in record stores, we want you to share your list of your favorite music books.

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R.E.M. producer Mitch Easter: 'That's a band that made people happy'

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Mitch Easter is a musician and producer, perhaps best known for his work producing R.E.M.'s debut EP 'Chronic Town' and first two albums, 'Murmur' and 'Reckoning.' On Thursday, Oct. 17, Easter, along with four other luminaries, will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Mary Lucia recently spoke to Mitch Easter about his work with R.E.M.

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The Chart Show Hall of Fame

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When a song stays on The Chart Show's chart for more than 10 weeks, we retire it from the poll and it enters the very prestigious Chart Show Hall of Fame.

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Nur-D wins City Pages 2019 Picked to Click poll

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With 69 points, Nur-D took first place as the Twin Cities’ “best new local artist” in the City Pages annual Picked to Click poll of Minnesota music influentials. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the winner and some of the other artists who made the top 10 are free spirits who can’t be categorized into…

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The Chart Show Ballot

The Chart Show

Vote every week for your top five tracks (and enter our weekly ticket giveaway while you're at it), then tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. CT to see if your favorites make the Chart Show, hosted by Mark Wheat!

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The Current Sessions®

Watch Sleater-Kinney in concert at the Palace Theatre

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Touring in support of their 10th studio album, 'The Center Won't Hold,' Sleater-Kinney played a sold-out concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The Current was on hand to provide a live video stream of the concert; watch the archived video (available for a limited time).

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The Current Rewind: The Peters Brothers' anti-rock crusade

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A family of pastors hell-bent on saving souls. A pro-sticker Washington wife. A B-horror blood-gusher with a heart of gold. Plus...Prince's photographer? This episode's cast of characters is just a peek at the wild ride of the Peters Brothers, the evangelical trio who hosted record burnings and condemned rock music throughout the 1980s. But for all the Peters' popcorn-worthy stunts, you could say darkness was at play.

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KISS was one of the bands targeted by the Peters Brothers.

Playlist: The rock that fueled the Peters Brothers


In the '80s, controversial St. Paul ministers the Peters Brothers traveled around America preaching about the dangers of rock music. From shock-rock to suggestive pop, this playlist compiles some of the songs that fueled the Peters Brothers' protests against rock & roll.

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Coffee Break: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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Yesterday the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its class of 2020 nominees. You can cast your fan vote and support your favorite nominees, but in the meantime, let us know what songs you want to hear from this year's nominees for today's 9:30 Coffee Break.

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Elton John's memoir 'Me.'

Rock and Roll Book Club: Elton John's 'Me'


This isn't one of those music memoirs written on a mission. It's one of those that feels like you're sitting next to the author on a long airplane ride; he starts telling his story at the beginning and then continues right up to the present day, stopping at every great anecdote.

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