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All Sides Weekend: Local Music

Sometimes on All Sides Weekend we talk about books. Sometimes about music. This week, it’s both! We’ll hear from the co-hosts of the Rock and Roll Book Club and podcast about how they pick their books and what’s on their reading list. We’ll also talk to a local musician about his book on what it’s like to be nowhere near the Billboard charts.

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