Music is on the menu at this year's Times Festival of Reading, with three books about the soundtrack of the baby boomer era cued up.
Two of those books document Florida's role in some of the most popular music of the 20th century: John Capouya's Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band and Bob Kealing's Elvis Ignited: The Rise of an Icon in Florida. The third takes a wide-ranging look at the music scene on the opposite end of the country: William McKeen's Everybody Had an Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles.
We asked the authors to come up with playlists that convey the flavor of their books.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor
John Capouya (Florida Soul) will speak at 11:15 a.m. in the Poynter Institute Great Hall.
1. Hold On I'm Coming, Sam & Dave
2. Lonely Avenue, Ray Charles
3. Clean Up Woman, Betty Wright
4. The Twist, Hank Ballard
5. What a Man, Linda Lyndell
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Bob Kealing (Elvis Ignited) will speak at 12:15 p.m. in the Poynter Institute Great Hall.
1. Heartbreak Hotel, written and first recorded in Jacksonville
2. Follow That Dream, title track to the film shot in Crystal River
3. That's Alright, Presley's early Sun hit that he performed on his 1955 tours
4. Hound Dog, another huge hit from 1956
5. If I Can Dream, one of my important sources for the book, Steve Binder, watched Presley's dramatic recording of this song
William McKeen (Everybody Had an Ocean) will speak at 1:15 p.m. in the Poynter Institute Great Hall.
1. Surfin' U.S.A., the Beach Boys
2. Be My Baby, the Ronettes
3. Good Vibrations, the Beach Boys
4. For What It's Worth, Buffalo Springfield
5. (What a) Wonderful World, Sam Cooke
More at spoti.fi/2yOieeP
Times Festival of Reading
Three three authors will appear in the Poynter Institute Great Hall at the 2017 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Nov. 11 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Capouya at 11:15 a.m., Kealing at 12:15 p.m. and McKeen at 1:15 p.m.