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Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters

An engaging and well-written must-read with generous resources for further study.

Why Mariah Carey Matters

An excellent look at a great artist. Readers will likely find themselves YouTubing the Carey performances described in this book.

Why Tammy Wynette Matters

Fans of Wynette and country music will be drawn to this reappraisal.

Why Sinéad O’Connor Matters

A touching tribute. O’Connor has been the subject of recent and numerous articles, a documentary, and books (including her own), but McCabe’s take is unique in its critical analysis of the media and its attempts to silence and cancel O’Connor.

Maybe We’ll Make It: A Memoir

Grammy-nominated for Best New Artist in 2018, Price’s star is on the rise, and her relatable stories will have widespread appeal.

Why Patti Smith Matters

Readers will be better served by Victor Bockris and Roberta Bayley’s Patti Smith: An Unauthorized Biography. Not recommended.

DJ Screw: A Life in Slow Revolution

Walker’s years of research and personal expertise about Houston’s music scene will help cement Screw’s legacy as an innovator who still inspires.

Who Got the Camera? A History of Rap and Reality

A skilled and fascinating analysis tracing the interwoven threads of emerging media, hip-hop’s transformation from street art to commercial juggernaut, and Black civil rights in the United States. For scholars of, and readers with an interest in, any or all three.

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