Pop Culture & Music

With clients like Chuck Klosterman, Neal Pollack, Beth Lisick, The Moth, and Rob Sheffield, we represent some of the freshest voices writing about pop culture and music today. We pride ourselves on an eclectic list with books on historic moments and figures, memoirs from musicians and taste-makers, and collections and essays from and for today's smartest aficionados.

A Wide Range

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The Moth

All These Wonders

Crown/Penguin Random House

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the storytelling phenomenon The Moth compiles 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages. Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new including Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, John Turturro, and Meg Wolitzer. The Moth received a 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, and The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hachette) was an international best seller.

Charles Russo

Striking Distance

University of Nebraska

Award-winning journalist Charles Russo draws on more than one hundred original interviews and an eclectic array of sources, Striking Distance is an engrossing narrative chronicling San Francisco Bay’s pioneering martial arts scene as it thrived in the early 1960s and offers an in-depth look at a widely unknown chapter of Bruce Lee’s iconic life.

Bob Boilen

Your Song Changed My Life

HarperCollins

From the beloved host and creator of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Carrie Brownstein, Smokey Robinson, and Jeff Tweedy, among others—published in association with NPR Music.

Chuck Klosterman

But What If We're Wrong?

Blue Rider Press

Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of seven nonfiction books and two novels who, in his newest book, uses interviews with a  variety of creative thinkers—from Neil deGrasse Tyson to George Saunders—to visualize the contemporary world as it will appear to those who will perceive it as the distant past. But What If We’re Wrong? explores a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems with high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis to create a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.”

Gavin Edwards

The Tao of Bill Murray

Random House

“Reading The Tao of Bill Murray is like spending time with Bill, but probably safer.”—Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day

New York Times bestselling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray—in particular the beloved actor’s adventures off-screen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Here, he has compiled a collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories, many of which have never before been reported, spotlighting the star’s extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.

Rob Sheffield

On Bowie

Dey Street Books/HarperCollins

From the New York Times bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape comes a thoughtful and loving meditation on the life of the late David Bowie that explores his creative legacy and the enduring and mutual connection he enjoyed with his fans. In this concise and penetrating book, featuring color photographs, highly regarded Rolling Stone critic, bestselling author, and lifelong Bowie fan Rob Sheffield shares his own feelings about the passing of this icon and explains why Bowie’s death has elicited such an unprecedented emotional outpouring from so many lives.