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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MaLLy retraces 'The Journey to a Smile' on the Local Show

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It's been five years since Minneapolis rapper MaLLy has put out an album, and he's been through a lot in those five years. What has he been up to? 'Transformation, practicing a sober and clean life, meditation, and Buddhism — really just focusing on the music,' he told Andrea Swensson on the Local Show.

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Hippo Campus trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson stretches out with quartet Arlo

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Trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson is a rising name in the Twin Cities music community. A student of mentors like local jazz musicians Kevin Washington and Solomon Parham, the twentysomething has been influenced by the past, but goes his own way as an artist. After spending two years studying music at the University of Manitoba, Jackson returned…

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Review and photos: Big Thief bring celestial vibes to First Avenue

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Big Thief played a sold-out show at First Avenue last night with special guest Palehound. Before the foursome took the stage, a loop of mounting synths pulsated throughout the club while smoke machines filled the room. The audience jostled and whooped occasionally, but there was a palpable feeling of tense anticipation in the air as…

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MaLLy retraces 'The Journey to a Smile' on the Local Show

MaLLy

It's been five years since Minneapolis rapper MaLLy has put out an album, and he's been through a lot in those five years. What has he been up to? 'Transformation, practicing a sober and clean life, meditation, and Buddhism — really just focusing on the music,' he told Andrea Swensson on the Local Show.

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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: Songs Weird Al parodied

'Weird Al' Yankovic in Weezer's 'Africa' video.

"Weird Al" was born today in 1959, making him 60 years old. Yankovic is known for his parody-style music which lampoons pop culture and contemporary artists. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that Weird Al has parodied?

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