Maybe you sing along to your favorite tracks in the shower. Maybe you fiddle with a guitar during your free time. Maybe you’re a playlist curation whiz, sharing new collections of songs with anyone who will listen.
Yes, there are so many ways to love music. And no matter what that looks and sounds like for you, if you consider yourself a music lover, you’ll be captivated by the four superb new books below.
High Bias: The Distorted History of the Cassette Tape
By Marc Masters
This entertaining book charts the journey of the cassette from its invention in the early 1960s to its Walkman-led domination in the 1980s to decline at the birth of compact discs to resurgence among independent music makers. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Marc Masters, in the Next Big Idea App
Into the Groove: The Story of Sound from Tin Foil to Vinyl
By Jonathan Scott
The story of recorded sound—the technological developments, the humans that made them happen, and their impact on society, from the phonograph to LPs, EPs, and the recent resurgence of vinyl. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jonathan Scott, in the Next Big Idea App
Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation
By R. Michael Hendrix and Panos A. Panay
Discover what the musical mind has to teach us about innovation in this fascinating book, featuring interviews with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, T Bone Burnett, Gloria Estefan, Imogen Heap, and many more. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author R. Michael Hendrix, in the Next Big Idea App
This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You
By Susan Rogers and Ogi Ogas
A sound engineer turned cognitive neuroscientist guides readers to recognize their musical personality, and offers language to describe one’s own unique taste. This is a journey into the science and soul of music that reveals the secrets of why your favorite songs move you. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Susan Rogers, in the Next Big Idea App
The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes
“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.
But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?
With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.
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