Listening Guide

This virtual juke-box lists all of the records discussed in the book. They are organized by chapter.

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Michael Nesmith & the First National Band

“I'm So Happy When You're Near”

The Shaggs

“Bach's Magnificat in D-major (BMV 243)”

Collegium Vocale Gent

“Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing”

James Brown

“Time Is On My Side”

Rolling Stones

“Born on the Bayou”

Creedance Clearwater Revival

“The Grid”

Daft Punk

“Easy on Me”


“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”

Lil Nas X

“driver’s license”

Olivia Rodrigo

“Jumping Jack Flash”

Rolling Stones


Regina Spektor

“Catch My Fall”

Billy Idol


Floating Points

“Taki Taki (ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, & Cardi B)”

DJ Snake

“4 + 20”

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

“7 rings”

Ariana Grande

“Condition of the Heart”

Prince & The Revolution

“I Can See My House From Here”

Steven Page

“Don't Start Now”

Dua Lipa

“My First Lover”

Gillian Welch

“bad guy”

Billie Eilish

“Try Again”


“Runaway (feat. Pusha T)”

Kanye West

“Crumbling Castle”

King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard

“Like What”


“Ovary Z's”

Geggy Tah

“The Sun”

Alice Coltrane

“What We Do (feat. JAY-Z & Beanie Sigel)”


“What's Going On”

Marvin Gaye

“All or Nothing At All (ft. Frank Sinatra)”

Harry James and His Orchestra

“All of Nothing At All (Retirement Concert, in 2015 documentary Sinatra)”

Frank Sinatra

“It Was a Very Good Year (Live at The Sands, 1966)”

Frank Sinatra

“Nature Boy”

Nat King Cole

“Nature Boy”

John Coltrane

“Fire and Rain”

James Taylor

“Midnight Rider”

Allman Brothers


Pharrell Williams

“Call Me Maybe”

Carly Rae Jepsen

“Nobody Gets Out Alive!”

Alec Empire


Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps

“Harlem Shake”


“A Fifth of Beethoven”

Walter Murphey & the Big Apple Band

“Also Sprach Zarathustra”


“Some Day My Prince Will Come”

Dave Brubeck

“Remember Me”

Miguel ft. Natalia Lafourcade

“Be Our Guest”

Angela Landsbury, Jerry Orbach & the Chorus

“50 Ways to Say Goodbye”



Sly and the Family Stone

“Kiss from a Rose”


“You Are Not Alone”

Michael Jackson

“This is What Makes Us Girls”

Lana Del Rey

“American Pie”

Don McLean

“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”

Paul Simon

“Call and Answer”

Barenaked Ladies

“Fight the Power”

Public Enemy

“I Before E Except After C”


“Surf's Up”

Beach Boys

“No Surrender”

Bruce Springsteen

“In My Room”

Beach Boys

“Don't Stop Believin'”


“Before He Cheats”

Carrie Underwood


Tammy Wynette

“Always On My Mind”

Willie Nelson

“Stoned and Starving”

Parquet Courts

“It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night”



Elvis Crespo

“Get Ur Freak On”

Missy Elliott

“Everybody (Backstreet's Back)”

Backstreet Boys

“No Woman No Cry”

Bob Marley & The Wailers

“Lose Control (ft. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop)”

Missy Elliott

“Smokin out the Window”

Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak, & Silk Sonic

“Killing in the Name”

Rage Against The Machine

“Levitating (feat. DaBaby)”

Dua Lipa


Fitz and the Tantrums

“Poinciana (Live at The Pershing, Chicago, 1958)”

Ahmad Jamal Trio

“Yo Perreo Sola”

Bad Bunny

“Stay Flo”


“Lust For Life”

Iggy Pop


Nine Inch Nails


Johnny Cash


Massive Attack


José González

“When Doves Cry”

Prince & The Revolution

“Darling Nikki”

Prince & The Revolution

“God Only Knows”

Beach Boys

“Born to Run”

Bruce Springsteen

“Somebody That I Used to Know”


“The Robots”



Beastie Boys

“Hide and Seek”

Imogen Heap

“Planet Rock”

Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force

“The Way You Move”


“God's Plan”


“Bell Bottom Blues”

Derek & the Dominos

“Paranoid Android”


“My Love is You”

David Byrne

“I Know There's an Answer”

Beach Boys

“Ring of Fire”

Johnny Cash

“Say Yes”

Kevin Sandbloom

“No Good Man”

Nina Simone

“All Too Well”

Taylor Swift

“Fault and Fracture”


“Bohemian Rhapsody”


“Untitled (How Does It Feel)”



Kool & the Gang

“We Will Rock You”


“Playing in the Band”

Grateful Dead

“Purple Rain”

Prince & The Revolution


Nil Lara

“Don't Lose Your Faith in Me”

Robben Ford

“One Week”

Barenaked Ladies

“Whoever You Are”

Geggy Tah

“Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)”

Lil Nas X

“Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1”

James Brown & the Famous Flames


Russell Lacy

“Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter”

Nina Simone

“Mojo Pin”

Jeff Buckley


Tame Impala

“Bach's Goldberg Variations (BMV 988)”

Glenn Gould

“Mouth for War”


“I Am The Walrus”



Sheena Ringo

“Don Juan's Reckless Daughter”

Joni Mitchell

“Brokedown Palace”

Grateful Dead

“Cool Water”

Tim Blake Nelson