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Book Review: Deanna M. Lehman, “Pandora’s Box”

When I first read Deanna Lehman’s Kinderwhore a few years ago, I was both horrified and unable to put it down; I finished it in an...

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Book Review: David Lynch and Kristine McKenna, “Room to Dream”

A detailed biography of an American auteur ...

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Book Review: “Miss Subways”

David Duchovny's third novel veers into the realm of science fiction...

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Book Review: Rich Tupica, “There Was a Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star”

As time passes, it gets harder to write about something you love, especially like a band – you veer between adoration, hero worship,...

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Book Review: Chris Stamey, “A Spy in the House of Loud: New York Songs and Stories”

It goes without saying Chris Stamey is one of my favorite songwriters/musicians.  Having fallen under the spell of The dB’s from...

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Book Review: Deanna M. Lehman, “Kinderwhore”

Let’s begin by making clear a disclaimer:  this is not an easy book, by any means.  Deanna M. Lehman’s Kinderwhore is one of...

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Book Review: “Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World”

Still looking for a holiday present or a good read? Here you go! Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World. Leo Fender invented...

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Book Review: Curt Weiss, “Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride”

I’ve said this before, but I tend to enjoy (more often than not) biographies of people I either know little-to-nothing about or...

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Book Review: “The Canadaland Guide to Canada”

July 1 is Canada Day. This year, our neighbors to the north are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the confederation of different British...

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Book Review: Matthew Phillion, “The Indestructibles,” Books 3 & 4

You know that an adventure series has really hit its stride when you find yourself enjoying the expository sections — those quiet...

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Book Review: Fabrice Couillerot and Donna Ranieri, “Big Star: Isolated in the Light”

This beautiful, hard-cover coffee table book is the result of a five year labor of love from publisher Fabrice Couillerot and photographer...

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Book Review: Tim Lapetino, “Art of Atari”

Forget the dragon duck. Art Of Atari details the world you imagined, if not the world you saw....

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BOOK REVIEW: TIM BURGESS, “Tim Book Two: Vinyl Adventures From Istanbul To San Francisco”

Sometimes you want a book just to be an easy read; a fun read – you’re not in the mood for heavy meaning or messages.  But...

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Book Review: Jon Savage, “1966: The Year the Decade Exploded”

I’ve often thought Jon Savage is one of the finest journalists/writers to come out of England.  His depth and knowledge and...

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Book Review: Brix Smith Start, “The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise”

This is now the second time I’ve had the pleasure of reading an autobiography of someone who’s career I’ve followed...

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Book Review: Gary Shail, “I Think I’m on the Guest List”

I’m not someone who would ever think to buy and read an autobiography by an actor; it’s usually not in my crosshairs of...

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Book Review: Joe Biel, “Good Trouble”

A gripping and fascinating read – this is the author’s own story.  And Joe Biel is not just an author – he’s a...

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Book Review: Tony Kashani, “Movies Change Lives”

Don't scoff! Movie can changes lives -- and that's not always a good thing....

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BOOK REVIEW: Chrissie Hynde, “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender”

I’m a Pretenders fangirl, not an objective reviewer. Like Chrissie Hynde, I grew up in Northeast Ohio. I was in high school when...

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Book Review: Ben Marshall, “The Who: 50 Years — The Official History”

With all the incredible events, programs, releases and moments we’ve been fortunate enough to see, hear and experience this year, the...

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Book Review: “Van Halen Rising” by Greg Renoff

Greg Renoff's "Van Halen Rising" charts the early triumphs, mishaps and wildness of the band that saved heavy metal....

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Book Review: “The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism”

Are songs featured in James Bond movies forgettable? ...

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Book Review: “Becoming Darkness”

A teenage girl uncovers dark secrets about her world in this tale of vampires and an alternate reality where Germany won WWII....

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Book Review: Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, “Clockwork Lives”

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart return to the world of Albion in "Clockwork Lives"...

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Book Review: “The Best Small Fictions 2015”

Writing fiction is both art and science, but never does it feel more like a science than when the fiction is very short. The traditional...

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Book Review: Daniel Makagon, “Underground: The Subterranean Culture of D.I.Y. Punk Shows”

This is, to a great extent, one of those books I wish was around when I was playing in a band – certainly, when I was 18 and in my...

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Book Review: “Lois Lane: Fallout”

This novel should be an enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys gaming, comic books or just plain old nail biting mystery and thrills....

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Book Review: Bob Suren, “Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records”

This is not your standard recount of a punk album collector’s purchases and memories of the records he bought over the years;...

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Book Review: Kevin Prested, “Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout Records”

Kevin Prested does a fine job with his detailed history of Lookout Records, the Berkeley, California-based independent record label which...