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Next Week in Music | Aug. 26 – Sept. 1 • New Books

Enjoy these last-minute additions to your summer reading list.

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You only have a few more days of summer reading left. Good thing there are only a couple of interesting music-related books due this week:


Pop Science: Serious Answers to Deep Questions Posed in Songs
By James Ball

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Some of the most famous questions of our time have come to us in pop songs. “What is love?” “How soon is now?” “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” But do you know the answers? Breaking down lyrics from Bob Dylan, Queen, Rihanna, The Ting Tings, Billy Joel, and a variety of other genre- and decade-spanning artists with colorful graphs and Venn diagrams, Pop Science reveals the exact points where lowbrow pop culture and the highest science and philosophy meet. By revealing the economic status of doggies in windows, what war is good for, and what becomes of the brokenhearted, James Ball uncovers what we have always known — that pop music is the key to life itself.”


Green Day
By Bob Gruen

THE PRESS RELEASE: “It’s been 25 years since the breakthrough album Dookie put punk rock pioneers Green Day on the musical map, and renowned photographer Bob Gruen has been taking photos of the band ever since. Green Day includes behind-the-scenes photos as well as concert images from their international tours, many of which are previously unpublished — along with photographs from their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2015 and in the recording studio. The book has the full support of the band, with quotes and commentary from Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt throughout.”