NPR MUSIC HOST BOB BOILEN’S FIRST BOOK YOUR SONG CHANGED MY LIFE RELEASED TO WIDESPREAD CRITICAL ACCLAIM

BOOK FEATURES STORIES FROM 35 ARTISTS ON THE SONG THAT CHANGED THEM

Your Song Change My Life by Bob Boilen, the creator and host of NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” and “All Songs Considered,” is available now via Harper Collins and published in association with NPR Music.

The book continues to receive widespread critical acclaim:

“Boilen’s book gets at something real and rare about the power of music.” –The New York Times

“New & Notable” –USA Today

“…surprising and illuminating…” –Billboard

“Boilen’s warm, engaging voice pervades this treat for music aficionados.” –Kirkus

“…a wide-ranging journey…Whether he’s chatting with singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis about getting turned on to A Tribe Called Quest as a teenager or deconstructing the modern classical canon with composer Philip Glass, Boilen confirms with Your Song that he’s one of the most versatile—and most fascinating—music writers working today.” –Entertainment Weekly

“NPR music host Bob Boilen . . . throws a touch of charming memoir atop interviews with 35 musicians who share how they got turned on to music.” –The Week

"Intrinsically, songs are exceedingly important as cathartic and contemplative presentations of identity, culture, history, gender politics, and far more. But talking about the why and how of these always helps draw the lines that connect these dots, and that is an invaluable thing.” –The Nerdist

“The book provides kaleidoscopic insights into the unlikely ways that music can seize and transform the young.”
–Publishers Weekly

“For me the best part of this book is the surprise factor, those unlikely meetings of persons and tastes you wouldn’t expect.” –LA Weekly

“When you love something as much as Bob Boilen loves music, you
want to know what made your heroes fall in love with it too. The multi-hyphenated NPR Music renegade did just that, thanks in part to his decades-long relationship with underground and mainstream musicians alike.”
–Washington City Paper

“Entertaining and moving, evoking emotions as diverse as the artists Boilen interviews. Each vignette is constructed with obvious love and dedication. The book is gentle, intimate, funny and, at times, heartbreaking. Reading each musician’s account of the ‘early days’ feels a lot like leafing through an album of baby photos…[Boilen’s] commentary is incredibly insightful, demonstrating an encyclopedic knowledge of music with unobtrusive, delicate grace.” –The Daily Californian

”It’s quite an undertaking to find out what made famous or otherwise beloved musicians pursue their dreams. In his new book, Your Song Changed My Life, Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert series, takes that challenge on wholeheartedly.” –Village Voice

“…an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices
of iconic and up-and-coming musicians…” –WAMC

"His new book Your Song Changed My Life, fuses his love of music with
his belief that music can be a catalyst for change for musicians themselves.” –WUWM

“It is part lesson in music appreciation, part history, part biography and memoir. Boilen’s subjects reflect his broad music appetite…” –The Kansas Cuty Star

"With an air of casual accuracy, Boilen has a real gift for the often abstract task of music criticism." –Daily Emerald


In addition, Boilen discussed the new project on PBS Newshour and made various appearances at festivals including Newport Folk Festival, AmericanaFest and Pickathon to promote the book.


“Is there an unforgettable song that changed your life?” Boilen poses this question to some of today’s best-loved musical legends and rising stars. The artists were then given the opportunity to reflect on pivotal moments that inspired their work and in many instances Boilen was surprised by their answers. 

Boilen examines stories from Philip Glass, Carrie Brownstein, Ian MacKaye, Cat Stevens, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Smokey Robinson, David Byrne (Talking Heads), James Blake, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Sturgill Simpson, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat Power, Jackson Browne, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Hozier, Regina Carter, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes and others), Courtney Barnett, Josh Ritter, Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Leon Bridges, Sharon Van Etten and many more.

Bob Boilen is the creator and host of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” and of their “Tiny Desk Concert” series, which features well-known and emerging artists for intimate performances filmed at his desk. He was also the director of NPR’s “All Things Considered” (1989-2007) and chose the music between the news stories. As a composer and performer, Boilen has always been passionate about music. Prior to joining NPR, he was a long-time record store clerk and performed with his band Tiny Desk Unit, who were the first group to perform at the 9:30 Club. Constantly on the lookout for new music, Boilen sees more than 500 live bands each year. He was recently cast as a minor character on “The Simpsons,” playing a version of himself—the host of a radio show in Springfield.

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