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Music Booklist for Teens

Princess Ai Series (2004)
            Volume 1: Destitution
            Volume 2: Lumination
            Volume 3: Evolution
created by Courtney Love and D.J. Milky; illustrated by Misaho Kujiradou; written by Misaho Kujiradou and D.J. Milky

An outspoken young girl/rock singer in Tokyo suffers from amnesia and is pursued by a creepy creature from another world in this manga series.

King Dork
by Frank Portman (2006)

Frustrated by high school (the popular girls recently included him on their Dud list), a songwriter tries to figure out who his father was by reading his father’s copy of The Catcher in the Rye.  

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan (2006)

Two seniors and complete strangers share a Manhattan night talking about their passion for music and catching gigs, dealing with past heartbreaks, and starting a sexy romance in this novel written in “real-time.” 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky (1999)

A shy freshman outsider starts hanging out with a group of seniors who share a love of music and struggles with the meaning of friendship.

John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, a Photographic Biography
by Elizabeth Partridge (2005)

Large striking black-and-white photographs compliment Partridge’s biography of the man behind the image to reveal a troubled, angry, and highly creative individual who turned his emotions into songs beloved by generations.

The Rose that Grew from Concrete
by Tupac Shakur (1999)

This passionate and compelling collection of poems from one of hip hop’s most notorious and talented performers is presented in Shakur’s own handwriting.

MTV Uncensored
edited by Jacob Hoye; compiled by David P. Levin and Stuart Cohn (1996)

From the Video Music Awards to The Real World to the veejays, this retrospective describes the channel’s first twenty years of videos, behind-the-scene antics, and controversies.

Jazz A-B-Z: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits
by Wynton Marsalis (2005)

This illustrated guide of jazz legends, from Louis Armstrong to DiZZy Gillespie, is complimented with vibrant paintings.