The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond

By Chris Blackwell with Paul Morley

The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond

Reflections of a Brit kingmaker whose hits outnumbered his misses. Barely.

Long Train Runnin’: Our Story of the Doobie Brothers

An affectionate oral history of a groundbreaking band.

Positive Vibrations: Politics, Politricks and the Story of Reggae

Its beach-party vibe belies the music’s power and reach.

Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records

Meet the Svengali behind some of the biggest punk acts of the 1980s.

The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures: A True Tale of Obsession, Murder, and the Movies

It’s this book’s account of history, not homicide, that’s truly riveting.

The Barbizon

By Paulina Bren

The Barbizon

This otherwise informative history is hamstrung by its fixation on Sylvia Plath’s notorious suicide.