Oral History

Oral history is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life using audiotapes, videotapes, or transcriptions of planned interviews.

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire
Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011
Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps
Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers
Joe Gould's Teeth
High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing
1963: The Year of the Revolution
West of Eden: An American Place
Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks
Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History
Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal
The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution
Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s
Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion
As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
War's Unwomanly Face
The Good War: An Oral History of World War II
Live from New York: An Oral History of Saturday Night Live
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
Daisy Jones & The Six
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Live from New York by Tom ShalesThose Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew MillerAll the Pieces Matter by Jonathan AbramsPowerhouse by James Andrew MillerEXCERPTS FROM AI by R.A. Suarez
Oral Histories
7 books — 3 voters

Live from New York by Tom ShalesBreaking Bad by David ThomsonGolden Girls Forever by Jim ColucciThe War for Late Night by Bill  CarterDifficult Men by Brett Martin
Books about TV
266 books — 35 voters
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du BoisGullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast by Charles Colcock Jones Jr.Foxfire 2 by Eliot WiggintonStorytellers by John A. BurrisonBrothers in Clay by John A. Burrison
Georgia Folklife and Folk Cultures
52 books — 2 voters

Please Kill Me by Legs McNeilThe History of Hip Hop by Eric ReeseAI Performance by Chris  FrostWham! George & Me by Andrew RidgeleyLast Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
Talking About Music
51 books — 5 voters
Modern Family by Marc   FreemanAnatomy of a Song by Marc MyersWorking by Studs TerkelAll God's Dangers by Theodore RosengartenThe Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff
Best Oral Histories
73 books — 3 voters


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