Drum Roll, Please: Readers Join Global Digital Book Club to Enjoy Questlove’s New York Times bestselling book “Music Is History”
Ebook and audiobook now available for reading and discussion with audience around the world
CLEVELAND – April 4, 2022 – Readers are exploring recent American history through a musical lens with a New York Times bestselling book during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From April 4-18, booklovers can join over a hundred thousand others around the world in reading Questlove’s thought-provoking Music Is History ebook or audiobook from their public library. This is the sixth book from Oscar- and Grammy-winning Questlove, cofounder of The Roots, Musical Director and bandleader for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, drummer, DJ, producer, director, culinary entrepreneur and New York Times bestseller author.
Readers with a valid library card can borrow Music Is History for free without waiting on the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/. Big Library Read is available in more than 21,000 libraries and hundreds of colleges around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.
Music Is History focuses on the years 1971 to the present as Questlove finds the hidden connections in the American “tapestry”, whether investigating how the blaxploitation era reshaped Black identity or considering the way disco took an assembly-line approach to Black genius. These critical inquiries are complemented by his own memories as a music fan, and the way his appetite for pop culture taught him about America. A history of the last half-century and an intimate conversation with one of music’s most influential and original voices, Music Is History is a singular look at contemporary America.
Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. Music Is History is the 27th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.
Music Is History was published as an ebook by ABRAMS and as an audiobook by Recorded Books. The title can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.
To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.
OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, video and other content. OverDrive’s commitment to empower every library and school includes expanding access for all, tireless industry advocacy and consistently innovating. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and TeachingBooks.net, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com
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