Before the Line, the Lyric | Wyatt’s World

Books and music often go hand in hand. In March, Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T-Bone Burnett will release the CD/DVD production of their debut musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Authors as various as Rob Sheffield (Love Is a Mix Tape), Alex Ross (Listen to This), and Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad) have piqued our interest by exploring the different ways music infuses print.

Here are five forthcoming titles with direct musical ties. For an added aural experience, check out the book’s musical match.

Read: The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis (S. & S., Feb.)
Listen to: Horses by Patti Smith

Read: House of Earth: A Novel by Woody Guthrie (HarperCollins, Feb.)
Listen to: Dust Bowl Ballads by Woody Guthrie

Read: Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter Hook (It Bks., Feb.)
Listen to: Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division

Read: Remembering Whitney by Cissy Houston (HarperCollins, Feb.)
Listen to: Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston

Read: Elvis Presley: A Southern Life by Joel Williamson (Oxford Univ., Aug.)
Listen to: From Elvis in Memphis by Elvis Presley

Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at