• The best books on Rock Music - Nico: The End by James Young
  • The best books on Rock Music - To Hell and Back: My Life in Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers by Walter Lure
  • The best books on Rock Music - The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography by Paul Gorman
  • The best books on Rock Music - Life: Keith Richards by Keith Richards
  • The best books on Rock Music - Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon

The best books on Rock Music, recommended by Peter Lawlor

Successful musicians don’t necessarily need formal training or 10,000 hours of practice under their belt; what they must have is a feel for music, an innate gift. But many of rock’s brightest burning stars were lost to drugs. Here, Peter Lawlor—who combined a career as a senior economic advisor with that of an award-winning songwriter, producer and record label executive—selects five of the best books on rock music, focusing on revelatory biographies that peer behind the veil.

  • The Best New Celebrity Memoirs - Will by Will Smith and Mark Manson
  • The Best New Celebrity Memoirs - Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke
  • The Best New Celebrity Memoirs - This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes
  • The Best New Celebrity Memoirs - This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir by Cecily Strong
  • The Best New Celebrity Memoirs - Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me by Jamie Foxx and Nick Chiles

The Best New Celebrity Memoirs, recommended by Sharon Marcus

While it’s easy to dismiss celebrity memoirs as offering cheap, voyeuristic thrills into the lives of famous people we like the look of, when they’re done well, they can give insight into challenges we all grapple with as human beings. They can also be very funny. Sharon Marcus, professor of literature at Columbia University and author of The Drama of Celebrity, recommends the best new celebrity memoirs.

  • The best books on Punk Rock (in 80s America) - England's Dreaming, Revised Edition: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond by Jon Savage
  • The best books on Punk Rock (in 80s America) - Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus
  • The best books on Punk Rock (in 80s America) - Dead Kennedys' Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (33 1/3) by Michael Foley
  • The best books on Punk Rock (in 80s America) - We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s and 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene by Stacy Russo
  • The best books on Punk Rock (in 80s America) - Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History by John Patrick Diggins

The best books on Punk Rock (in 80s America), recommended by Kevin Mattson

Punk is more than just a musical genre. It is an ethos. Channelling one’s anger against the triteness of the culture industry’s offerings can be a spontaneous and creative act of resistance and rebellion. Moreover, as Kevin Mattson shows in this selection of books about punk in the 1980s in America, attending a rock concert by a band like the Dead Kennedys was a formative political experience for a generation of citizens, akin to attending a rally or a party convention. It was a spirit of constructive anarchy that can still channel the political anger of the alienated in the 21st century.

  • The Best Movies about Race - Gone with the Wind (Movie) by Victor Fleming (director)
  • The Best Movies about Race - In the Heat of the Night (Movie) by Norman Jewison (director)
  • The Best Movies about Race - Do the Right Thing (Movie) by Spike Lee (director)
  • The Best Movies about Race - 12 Years a Slave (Movie) by Steve McQueen (director)
  • The Best Movies about Race - Get Out (Movie) by Jordan Peele (director)

The Best Movies about Race, recommended by Greg Garrett

Movies are a big part of American cultural life and also one of the country’s biggest cultural exports. As a result, movies play an important role in how Americans see themselves, including in attitudes to race. Here Professor Greg Garrett of Baylor University—film historian, cultural theologian and author of A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation—talks us through five movies that best illustrate how Hollywood has evolved in terms of race over the past century, from Gone with the Wind to Get Out.

  • The best books on Verdi - Verdi (Master Musicians Series) by Julian Budden
  • The best books on Verdi - The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia by (ed.) Roberta Marvin
  • The best books on Verdi - The Man Verdi by Frank Walker
  • The best books on Verdi - The Story of Giuseppe Verdi: Oberto to Un Ballo in Maschera by Gabriele Baldini
  • The best books on Verdi - Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera by Philip Gossett

The best books on Verdi, recommended by Francesco Izzo

Nearly everyone knows the photo of Verdi’s funeral, the streets of Milan packed with people paying homage to the great composer. How did the son of an innkeeper from Le Roncole become not only one of the most famous opera composers of all time but also a prominent symbol of Italy’s Risorgimento? Verdi expert Francesco Izzo discusses the books to read to best understand the man, the myths, and the music.

  • The best books on French Theatre - Le théâtre des idées by Antoine Vitez
  • The best books on French Theatre - Anthologie de L'avant-scène théâtre
  • The best books on French Theatre - Molière by Jacques Copeau
  • The best books on French Theatre - Molière et la comédie classique by Louis Jouvet
  • The best books on French Theatre - Lire le théâtre by Anne Ubersfeld

The best books on French Theatre, recommended by Florent Masse

French theater is appreciated as much in reading as in performance. Princeton University’s Florent Masse offers us a reading from the point of view of teaching theater. How did the great men of theater—such as Jouvet, Copeau, or Vitez—build their learning? Discover the principles and references that guide the best directors. (You can also read this interview in the original French)

  • Slavoj Žižek on His Favourite Plays - Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
  • Slavoj Žižek on His Favourite Plays - Richard II by William Shakespeare
  • Slavoj Žižek on His Favourite Plays - The Hostage by Paul Claudel
  • Slavoj Žižek on His Favourite Plays - The Measures Taken by Bertolt Brecht
  • Slavoj Žižek on His Favourite Plays - Not I by Samuel Beckett

Slavoj Žižek on His Favourite Plays

The philosopher and cultural critic recently made a foray into drama when he reworked Sophocle’s Antigone—not out of admiration for the original, but to examine the “stupid and morally problematic” character at its heart. Here he selects five plays he admires—but declines to see performed.