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? Curious why that beat sounds the way it sounds? Join us the first Tuesday of every month to read great books about your favorite music and musicians!  Divided Soul: the Life of Marvin Gaye

Tuesday, August 5 at 7 p.m. we'll be discussing Divided Soul: the life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz. The author focuses his story on the "demons that both plagued Marvin Gaye and inspired his music" (Library Journal Review). Read the turbulent history of our local music legend in this contested and very personal biography. Feeling inspired by this read? Checkout the sheet music for Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits arranged for piano, voice or guitar!

Upcoming book club titles 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
Alan Lomax: the Man Who Recorded the World by John Szwed

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.