- Roots of the Classical: The Popular Origins of Western Music by Peter Van Der Merwe
- This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
- The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
- Introduction to Musicology: A Survey of the Fields, Systematic and Historical, of Musical Knowledge and Research by Glen Haydon
- Hugo Riemann and the Birth of Modern Musical Thought by Alexander Rehding
- Noise: The Political Economy of Music by Jacques Attali
- Rethinking Music by Nicholas Cook
- America's Musical Life: A History by Richard Crawford
In this blog post, I referenced this article, this article, and this article.
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Which books have taught you about music? Which books would you add to this list?