Even if you’re not always a big fan of nonfiction, these titles offer some unique perspectives on music and dance. They’re also a bit quirky and, well, fun!
by Jordan MatterGet this item
This book says it’s for “the dancer inside each of us.” My daughters, who can actually get their bodies into the positions photographed, find it inspirational enough to give the book as gifts. For the rest of us, we can only rejoice that there are people who can so perfectly capture the emotions and moments pictured.
2012 by Marion S JacobsonGet this item
My dad played the accordion when I was little, and a few years ago I found a photo of the Accordion Club at his high school. Twelve farm boys with their accordions. When I heard this author interviewed on the radio, I knew I had to read this book. It’s worth the time.
2002 by Mark ZwonitzerGet this item
You don’t need to be a fan of country music to enjoy this story of the Carter Family’s oddball personalities, crazy antics, and amazing gifts. It kept me up late, and I learned a bunch, too.
2006 by Daniel J LevitinGet this item
What happens when a rock musician turns neuroscientist (and then author)? Apparently a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of how our brains process music, and why it affects us so deeply. Just skip the first chapter if you don’t want a quick music theory review. It’s not essential.
1990 by Rusty E FrankGet this item
This book could have been a dry history of a particular art form, but tap dancers are sufficiently quirky that when they tell their stories, it is anything but dry. The tappers who made tap dancing into a peculiarly American institution have great stories!
2011 by Sara Cedar MillerGet this item
What list related to music would be complete without a nod to the Beatles in some way? Not one of mine, anyway. This little book includes great photography and a wonderful tribute to John Lennon.