The real history of music is not respectable. Far from it. Neither is it boring. Breakthroughs almost always come from provocateurs and insurgents, and they don’t just change the songs we sing, but often shake up the foundations of society.


Ted Gioia
Music: A Subversive History (Basic Books, 2019)

I’ve been writing songs for thirty years. From the beginning, my songs have been stories. Every time I recorded an album, I was writing my memoirs... I wrote straight from the heart so the truth would ring like a bell, and resonate in the listener’s heart as well.


Liz Phair
Horror Stories: A Memoir (Random House, 2019)