About Us

Howlin’ Books is a small, independently owned bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee. Carrying both new and used books, we specialize in music, arts, pop culture, modern literature, poetry, and children’s books.

We share both a physical space and a passion for tangible media with Grimey’s Too, keeping a carefully curated selection of new and preloved books and magazines in stock. We’re all about the in-person experience, hosting everything from author signings to in-store performances by local and national musical acts in our shared space. Grab a drink from Frothy Monkey’s coffee bar and spend an afternoon in the store with us!

And we welcome your books!  We are always looking for gently preloved books that fit the Howlin' Books vibe. We can offer trade credit or cash; no collection is too large or small for us to look at.


Small Town Talk by Barney Hoskyns

Barney Hoskyns presents a socio-cultural history of Woodstock, New York, the tiny Catskills town where an assortment of brilliant musicians, including Bob Dylan and The Band, converged in the late 1960's. 


Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me by Steven Hyden

Music critic Steven Hyden explores nineteen music rivalries and what they say about life. Beatles vs. Stones, Biggie vs. Tupac, Kanye vs. Taylor. What do these endlessly argued-about pop music rivalries say about us? Funny and accessible, Hyden's writing combines cultural criticism, personal anecdotes, and music history - and just may prompt you to give your least favorite band another chance. 


Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

An intimate and revealing memoir tracing musician, writer, and actor Carrie Brownstein's escape from a turbulent family life into a world of community and self-invention as guitarist with the seminal punk band Sleater-Kinney.


Better Git It In Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography Of Charles Mingus by Krin Gabbard

Columbia University scholar Krin Gabbard revisits many of the essential moments in jazz history as he outlines the life and career of one of music's most important - and most mythologized - composers and performers.


The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones by Rich Cohen

Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the bands in the 1990's. He quickly falls under their sway -  privy to the jokes, the camaraderie. the bitchiness, the hard living. Cohen's chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the world's greatest rock and roll band.


Sam Phillips The Man Who Invented Rock'N'Roll by Peter Guralnick

Roots music historian Peter Guralnick provides an inspired portrait of the Sun Records mastermind who shaped American music with the discovery and recording of such luminaries as Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf.