This year's best books about music include thought-provoking reads on how music works, in-depth histories of the underground, and soul-searching autobiographies from legendary (and not-so-legendary) performers.
Sarah Shook and the Disarmers: Sidelong
Charly Bliss: Guppy
Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band: Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band
Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child
'LA92' Submerges Its Audience Into the Violent Aftermath of Institutional Racism
Fear and Loathing in Post-war Amsterdam
Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.
Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods
"It's easy to think that we would never be complicit with the dictates of an authoritarian regime, but Beholder reveals how complicated such choices can become.