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VMA Week’s Friday Flashback: 4 Bios of Rock ‘n’ Roll Musicians Who Shaped a Genre

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As we wrap up BookTrib’s VMA Week, we thought we would revisit our article from 2015 about artists who shaped musical genres and were pioneers in the industry. Here is a review of 4 books that are just as relevant as when we first ran this piece. Where would I be without rock ‘n’ roll? I can’t even imagine. Rock ‘n’ roll has been the soundtrack of my life, and the background music to untold millions of people throughout generations. It’s at once a musical joy and a primal shout, a release of defiance, elation, and energy all put to the rhythm of an irresistible backbeat. And in the face of changing millennial musical tastes, I can only answer with…

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A Summer Book List to Get You Excited for Exploring the Outdoors

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I know it’s July and it’s hot as blazes. Many of us just want to sit next to our cool, life-saving window unit, letting the days pass us by. But, come on. Just look outside. There’s a whole world to explore out there! Do you think Lewis and Clark let a little heat hinder their trek across the American West? You’re damn right, it didn’t. Summer really is the best season for going on outings and adventures. So get off your love seat, grab a Camelback, and go hiking/camping/skydiving — whatever makes you happy. And to get you in the mood, here are four books to give you that little extra push: Into the Wild by John Krakauer (Anchor Books, January…

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A Reading List for Every Singleton Out There

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It stinks to be singled out, but it certainly doesn’t stink to be single. If you want some distraction from your crippling loneliness — erm, we mean independence, check out the six books we picked below! Matt’s Picks: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, Allie Brosh (Touchstone Books, 2013) I had an awkward childhood, but who didn’t? I’m also a 20-something college grad who doesn’t have a clue. Allie Brosh’s book features her favorite stories from the cult blog of the same name accompanied with silly Microsoft Paint drawings that are the epitome of derp. She recounts hilarious anecdotes from her youth and throughout her 20s. I can relate. So much so that…

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