1) Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music by Charles Hirshberg and Mark Zwonizer.
I started getting into the Carter Family when I moved to NYC in 2006… ironically while I was immersed in the anti-folk scene of the lower east side. I related to their simplicity of melody and straight forwardness of lyric. My boyfriend at the time (now husband and major rock history aficionado), recommended this book to me. It’s fantastic and now, years later, I still think about the family it painted so well. If you have any interest in the Carters or in the beginnings of American music, this is a must read.