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Book Review: Simon Philo, “British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence”

Another study (as opposed to pop history biography) that examines the qualities of the bands that came to the United States in the wake of...

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Book Review: David Ensminger, “Mavericks of Sound”

Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music (to give it its full title), is a compendium of...

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Book Review: “Geek Rock: An Exploration of Music and Subculture”

In Geek Rock: An Exploration of Music and Subculture, editors Alex DiBlasi and Victoria Willis examine the intertwining of “geek...

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Book Review: Casey Harison, “Feed Back: The Who and Their Generation”

The first rock bio I ever bought was in 1979, when I was 14.  It was about The Who, Headliners by John Swenson, as I had just become a...

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Book Review: Heather Augustyn, “Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music”

I was fortunate enough to receive and read Heather Augustyn’s last two books; one on the history of ska and the other, a...

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Book Review: Jerry Burgan with Alan Rifkin, “Wounds to Bind”

What makes this book so interesting is, for a start, I have little-to-no great knowledge about the ’60’s folk-rock revolution...

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Book Review: “Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin: Interviews and Encounters”

A new book chronicles Led Zeppelin's rise and fall in their own words through rare interviews....

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Book Review: Matthew Phillion, “The Indestructibles: Breakout”

My fellow Gatehouse Media editor Matt Phillion is at it again: “The Indestructibles: Breakout” (PFP Publishing), his sequel to last...

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Book Review: Jesse Frohman, “Kurt Cobain: The Last Session”

Twenty years after Kurt Cobain’s tragic suicide, he’s still, it seems, as popular as ever. Sure, Cobain and company have sold some 25...

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Book Review: Barbara Barnes Sims, “The Next Elvis”

One thing Barbara Barnes Sims doesn’t do in “The Next Elvis” (LSU Press), the memoir of her time working at Sun Records in the...

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BOOK REVIEW: Candy Leonard, “Beatleness”

For once, a book about The Beatles that differs – to me – from the ones that have gone before.  Beatleness, by Dr. Candy...

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BOOK REVIEW: Steve Boone, “Hotter Than a Match Head: Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful”

Hands down, Hotter Than a Match Head: Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful, the autobiography of the Spoonful’s bass player,...

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Book Review: Matthew Phillion, “The Indestructibles”

Since it was written by a colleague — Matthew Phillion, a fellow Gatehouse Media journalist — I would have likely picked up...

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BOOK REVIEW: Gareth Murphy, “Cowboys and Indies”

As someone who worked for nearly two decades in the music industry for record labels, distributors, etc., I was quite eager to read this...

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Book Review: “Burn the Orphanage: Born To Lose”

I’m not here to pass judgment on what gets you off, friends; let’s get that straight. My job, when I’m wearing my “critic” hat,...

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BOOK REVIEW: Nevin Martell, “Freak Show Without a Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations”

Author/food writer/blogger/critic/”Calvin & Hobbes” aficionado (and former music industry insider) Nevin Martell delivers...

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Book Review: “Lovecraft’s Monsters”

The problem with monsters is that, when you come right down to it, they’re not that scary. Oh, zombies and kaiju and slaver-mawed...

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Book Review: “Face the Music: A Life Exposed”

Is Paul Stanley's epitaph: "Loving father and husband; asshole bandmate?" ...

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BOOK REVIEW: David Kinney, “The Dylanologists”

People get into the fandom scene because they are deeply and sincerely interested in an artist, of course. But it’s also an effective way...

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BOOK REVIEW: “It’s Not Only Rock & Roll”, Jenny Boyd with Holly George-Warren

It isn’t often one reads a book about music – famous rock musicians – and find references to Maslow or Goethe.  This is,...

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Book Review: Holly George-Warren, “A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton”

Holly George Warren did an exemplary job of writing about Alex Chilton, the frontman of ’60’s hitmakers The Box Tops, the...

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BOOK REVIEW: “Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists & Songs That Defined The 1980’s” by Lori Majewski & Jonathan Bernstein

  This book is a proverbial “Top Of The Pops” greatest hits – most of which can be looked upon with a warm nostalgic...

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Seven Fun Beatles Facts from Mark Lewisohn’s “Tune In”

What can you learn from a 944-page book on the Beatles? Let's start with these seven things....

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BOOK REVIEW: Amy Yates Wuelfing & Steven DiLodovico, “No Slam Danicing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History Of The Legendary City Gardens”

This 432-page tome is a loving tribute to City Gardens, the legendary (to many) but often overlooked club in Trenton, New Jersey that was...

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Book Review: Robert Gordon, “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion”

To me, the music of Stax Records, the seminal soul music label from Memphis, has always been sacred, from the time I was a child.  All...

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BOOK REVIEW: Morrissey, “Autobiography”

So the enigmatic former frontman for The Smiths – and solo star for a quarter century – finally gave in and wrote his...

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Book Review: Greg Prato, “The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion”

In which Chris Holmes reviews Greg Prato's The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion. The verdict? You should care a lot....

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BOOK REVIEW: Heather Augustyn, “Don Drummond: The Genius & Tragedy Of The World’s Greatest Trombonist”

Once again, author Heather Augustyn hits hard and deep, this time with her study of a forgotten musical legend – Jamaican trombonist...

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Book Review: Heather Augustyn, “Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation”

Ska:  The Rhythm Of Liberation is a very serious study of the upbeat, rhythm-based music that was born in Jamaica.  While other...

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BOOK REVIEW: Graham Nash, “Wild Tales”

This autobiography from the Hollies/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young mainstay isn’t your standard book of revelations.  It is one of...