Happy Black Music Month!

This June, take a look at these nonfiction books spotlighting the talent and contributions African-Americans have made to the music industry. Also, check out the Black Music Collection on Hoopla to discover music from music icons and those on the rise.

Hip Hop is History
By Questlove

In this landmark book, Questlove skillfully traces the creative and cultural forces that made and shaped hip-hop, highlighting both the forgotten but influential gems and the undeniable chart-topping hits—and weaves it all together with the stories no one else knows.

Book | eBook | eAudio

My Black Country
By Alice Randall

The award-winning professor, songwriter, and author reflects on her search for the first family of Black country music. My Black Country is a vibrant introduction to a new generation of listeners who previously were not invited to give the genre a chance.

Book | eBook

Shine Bright
By Danyel Smith

American pop music is arguably this country’s greatest cultural contribution to the world, and its singular voice and virtuosity were created by a shining thread of Black women geniuses stretching back to the country’s founding.

Book | eBook