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.

Joy Press

Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television

Atria/Simon & Schuster

From a leading cultural journalist comes a definitive look at the rise of the female showrunner and a new golden era of television. In this informative and entertaining book, Press tells the story of the maverick women who broke through the barricades, starting with Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) and Diane English (Murphy Brown), and continuing through Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, and Jill Soloway. Press has written for The Village Voice, The New York Times, and The Guardian as well as many other publications.

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 a running narrative of the world’s most recognizable names working through the triumphs and failures we all experience. With each chapter covering a different topic: parenting, childhood, relationships, success, and others, Punch becomes an everyman’s guide to life. At once laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly honest, joyous, tragic and powerful, Waiting for the Punch is a book to return to again and again.

Jonathan Abrams

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of THE WIRE

Crown Archetype

“The definitive dissection of television’s most politically meaningful invention.” – Chuck Klosterman

HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire is arguably one of the great works of art produced in the 20th century. With unparalleled access to the actors and writers, award-winning journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of Boys Among Men, Jonathan Abrams traces The Wire, from its inception through its end and powerful legacy. The definitive oral history.