Book Club with a Beat

A reading group for music lovers!

Book Club with a BeatGot a love of music? Want to know more about your favorite band? Join us the first Tuesday of every month to read great books about your favorite music and musicians!  

Tuesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. we'll be discussing Alan Lomax: the Man Who Recorded the World by John Szwed. The Texan ethnomusicologist, Alan Lomax, recorded thousands of folksongs, stories and interviews with people all across the United States and abroad from the 1930's through the 1990's. He introduced mainstream America to the likes of Lead Belly, Jelly Roll Morton and Pete Seeger. While you read the book, you can listen to some of these recordings made from Louisiana prisons to the Montana mountains, much of which the Association for Cultural Equity has now digitized! If you still have a record player, you can check out an Alan Lomax LP from the library, such as "Roots of the Blues" or "Blue Ridge Mountain Music". Browse our digital music platform, Freegal, where you can stream or download "Whaur the Pig Gaed on the Spree: Scottish Recordings by Alan Lomax". If you enjoy John Szwed's writing style, check out his other great biographies of Sun Ra and Miles Davis
Alan Lomax Biography
Upcoming book club titles for Book Club with a Beat include:

Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues by Elijah Wald
Ready for a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America by Mark Kurlansky
Just Kids by Patti Smith

Book Club with a Beat will meet every first Tuesday of the month in room 221 at 7 p.m. We'll talk about the book, the musicians, the musical era and listen to the music we're talking about! If you don't read the book, come join us anyway for a rockin' music hour. Got a book recommendation or a question about this book club? Email margaret.gilmore@dc.gov.