Charlie Likes Music Podcast: An Episode With No Clever Title About Music Books

Yes, these are the actual books I discuss in this episode.

Editor’s note: Today we announce the addition of “Charlie Likes Music.” This podcast is produced by Chicago-area musician Charlie Short. We’re thrilled to bring this content to you.

This week, I talk about some of the most impactful books I’ve ever read about music. As someone who loves music, I found that reading good (and sometimes bad) books about music would lead me to discover more music by an artist or genre I loved. From my early beginnings reading books about the Beatles because no one would help me discover their music, to reading Craig Werners “A Change is Gonna Come,” I talk about why music books are important, and often just fun (though I still have to read the book where Ozzy Osbourne sniffs ants.) Check out this week’s episode or subscribe to get Charlie Likes Music on your favorite podcatcher.

Listen now:
Charlie Likes Music Episode 41: An Episode With No Clever Title About Music Books
Runtime: 46:49

Books discussed in this week’s episode:

Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azzerad

Before I Get Old by Dave Marsh

Life by Keith Richards

A Change is Gonna Come by Craig Werner

Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye by Michael Eric Dyson

Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guaralnick

Just Kids by Patti Smith

The Sound of the City by Charlie Gillett

My Bass and Other Animals by Guy Pratt

What’s Going On by Ben Edmonds


Charlie Short is a Chicago-area musician, guitar repairman, podcaster, and bass guitar teacher. You can contact him at his website www.charlieshortmusic.com