MVYRADIO Rock & Roll Book Club

Welcome to MVY Radio's Rock and Roll book club, where we read and discuss books about all genres of music!

Our next gathering will be Wednesday, July 24th at 7pm on Zoom when we will be discussing Jeff Tweedy's music memoir "World Within A Song, Music that Changed My Life and Life that Changed My Music"

This book is a beautiful exploration and honoring of the songs and experiences that have deeply influenced Jeff's music and his life. In sharing his life stories around music and memories, he reminds us of the songs that have been most meaningful in our own lives.
Pick up a copy at your local bookstore, library or download the audio book (which is read by Jeff himself!) and join host Polly Simpkins on July 24th at 7pm on zoom when Polly will share clips from her interview with Jeff followed by discussion. If you haven't read the book- no problem~just come along anyway, it's always just fun to be together and talk about music!

There is no sign-up necessary for the Rock and Roll Book Club. Just read the book (it's ok if you don't read the book- come anyway!) and use this Zoom link. We hope to see you soon at an MVYRADIO Rock n’ Roll Book Club gathering.

Zoom meeting with Danyel Smith:

Polly's Danyel Smith full interview:

Danyel Smith Spotify Playlist:

Zoom meeting with Dar Williams:

Polly's Dar Williams full interview:

Dar Williams Spotify Playlist:

Past book club material:

Our book club for January 2024 was Susan Rogers' This is What it Sounds Like.

Polly's full Susan Rogers interview:

Check out The Kitchen Sisters Presents podcast episode which discusses Susan's book (requires an Apple Podcast subscription and MacOS 11.4 or higher).


Our book for November 2023 was Lou Reed's "The Art of the Straight Line" ~ a book written in part by Lou before his death and curated and edited by Laurie Anderson, Stephan Berwick, Bob Currie and Scott Richman. The book includes interviews and stories from many who knew Lou well and truly captures his life story. Hear the interview with Scott Richman here (mp3).

Check out Barbara Dacey's interview with Lou Reed from 1997!


Our Book Club book for September 2023 was "Remain In Love" by Chris Frantz. Below you'll find video of our Book Club meeting, plus Polly's full interview with Chris Frantz.

A note from Polly:

This playlist is an exploration of musical references from Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz' book Remain in Love - beginning with his earliest musical influences, through his RISD days where he met David and Tina, then stepping into the Talking Heads' formative days at CBGB, touring with the Ramones as well as a walk through the Talking Heads studio albums, Stop Making Sense and some Tom Tom Club tracks as well! Listen to some or all to get a taste of what Remain in Love sounds like!

In 2002, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth visited the MVY studios on their way to a Tom Tom Club gig at The Atlantic Connection in Oak Bluffs. Here's their chat with Barbara Dacey.