Eric Renner Brown
April 15, 2016 AT 01:24 PM EDT

Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music That Inspired It

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Bob Boilen
publisher
William Morrow
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A

In his debut—part memoir, part criticism, and part music history—the NPR music sage, who’s behind all those addictive Tiny Desk Concerts, takes readers on a wide-ranging journey. Diehard Boilen fans will love personal tidbits about his discovering the Beatles as a kid, performing in D.C.’s underground music scene in the ’80s, and meeting a young Ira Glass, but the real prizes here are his interviews with musicians, from Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to rising electronic whiz James Blake, about what sparked their love of music. Whether he’s chatting with singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis about getting turned on to A Tribe Called Quest as a teenager or deconstructing the modern classical canon with composer Philip Glass, Boilen confirms with Your Song that he’s one of the most versatile—and most fascinating—music writers working today. A

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