Ron Hogan is the host of TheHandsell.com, a video series where authors and indie booksellers share their reading recommendations.

How to Write Sam Phillips’ Life

Peter Guralnick has written biographies of Elvis and Sam Cooke. He could kick back and write fiction or teach. But forget that. He’d still rather sit around waiting for a Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland horn rehearsal in the middle of the night—even if it never happened.

Sing It Loud

Dueling American Anthems

As World War II loomed and the Great Depression left its mark, two great songwriters, Irving Berlin and Woody Guthrie, composed anthems that echo today. A new book charts their birth.