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.

Jason Zinoman

Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

Harper/HarperCollins

New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman delivers the definitive story of the life and artistic legacy of David Letterman, the greatest television talk show host of all time and the signature comedic voice of a generation. In Letterman, Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman’s television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.

Lizzy Goodman

Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011

Dey Street/HarperCollins

Meet Me in the Bathroom charts the transformation of the New York music scene in the first decade of the 2000s, the bands behind it—including The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, and Vampire Weekend—and the cultural forces that shaped it, from the clubs of New York’s Lower East Side to the warehouses of Williamsburg. Goodman, whose work has appeared in New York magazine and Elle here crafts together the decade from nearly two hundred original interviews.

Chuck Klosterman

X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century

Blue Rider Press

New York Times-bestselling author and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman compiles and contextualizes the best of his articles and essays from the past decade. Subjects include Breaking Bad, zombies, KISS, Mountain Dew, Jonathan Franzen, Taylor Swift, and Tim Tebow. Klosterman has written nine previous books, helped establish Grantland, worked on film and television productions, and contributed profiles and essays to outlets such as GQ, Esquire, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and The Guardian.

Marc Maron

Waiting for the Punch

Flatiron Books

Each week over a million and a half listeners tune into WTF with Marc Maron to hear Marc and a guest do something remarkable: talk. Waiting for the Punch is not simply a collection of these interviews, but instead a running narrative of the world’s most recognizable names working through the problems, doubts, joys, triumphs and failures we all experience. With each chapter covering a different topic: parenting, childhood, relationships, sexuality, and failures, Punch becomes a sort of everyman’s guide to life. 

Rob Sheffield

Dreaming the Beatles

Dey Street Books/HarperCollins

Rob Sheffield, the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean today and why they still matter so intensely to a generation that has never known a world without them. It is a collection of essays telling the story of what this ubiquitous band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles music on their parents’ stereos and their faces on T-shirts.