About Us

Prior Volumes is a space for creative nonfiction inspired by music history.

We know that music, as an art and industry, has contained an infinite number of narratives. Relatively few are canonized, celebrated, and wondered upon. We are an outlet for sharing lesser-known stories, for amplifying the interests and obsessions of our writers.

We’re into unique perspectives on artists, albums, songs, and ideas.

We look for pieces—essays, memoirs, prose poems, and hybrids—that are impressionistic but informed.

Most of all, we want to be excited to listen and learn more.