book reviews

Book reviews on music, artists, and pop culture related literature.

Annie Kapur2 months ago
Review: 'In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music'
I started reading this book and found it was increasingly interesting because initially, I thought it would just be about Charley Patton and Jimmie Rodgers' music—but it isn't. It's actually about the...
Annie Kapur2 months ago
Book Review: 'Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson'
There are many, many books about Robert Johnson and many that I have read, but this one has to be one of my favourites and a great book to read for any level of fan. Whether you are just on your route...
Riley Bates8 months ago
10 Fascinating Books About Rock Stars
Three things that are certain in the lives of rock stars: sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It is through these three things that make each one of their individual lives unique, fascinating, and worth re...
Joseph Farley2 years ago
Best Musician Memoirs Every Fan Must Read
Fans of music always want to know more about the rock and roll lifestyle, or what the music scene was truly like at that time. There is no better conduit than some of best memoirs from some of the mos...
Yvonne Glasgow2 years ago
'How Music Works' by David Byrne
I have had this book in my possession for over a month now, I believe. It has taken me that long to get through it. I am always reading more than one book at a time though, so that is part of the prob...
Paul Levinson2 years ago
Review of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming The Beatles: 7 of X
Been a bit since I posted a review of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming the Beatles, mostly because this is not a book to be rush-read or even normally read (whatever pace that might be), but savored, and also...
Paul Levinson2 years ago
Review of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming The Beatles: 6 of X
Rob Sheffield makes the case for Ringo in the next chapter of his stellar Dreaming the Beatles, putting the question regarding Ringo as whether he was an all-time genius drummer who made the Beatles p...
Rikki La Rouge2 years ago
Review of "Thoughts" by Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
"Thoughts" is a book collection of poems, essays, and pictures written by Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, lead singer of TLC. She is known for her smoky and sultry yet unadulterated vocal stylings on all of t...
Paul Levinson2 years ago
Review of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming The Beatles: 5 of X
Rob Sheffield's short chapter in his Dreaming the Beatles (actually, they're all short, which is good) is about "It Won't Be Long," and is about as fine a piece of music journalism, or rock 'n' roll a...
Paul Levinson2 years ago
Review of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming The Beatles: 4 of X
I don't want to get too far into Rob Sheffield's addictive book without posting another review, so I thought I'd check in here after finishing a chapter on George, which comes after discussions of Rin...
Paul Levinson2 years ago
Review of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming the Beatles: 3 of X
In the next chapter of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming the Beatles -- I just realized that the chapters are not numbered, which means that each chapter is a piece of a hologram, a snapshot of the whole, like...
Paul Levinson2 years ago
Review of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming the Beatles: 2 of X
Among Rob Sheffield's many talents as a Beatles journalist -- not historian, because, as Sheffield convincingly demonstrates, the Beatles are far more important today than when they were writing and r...
Paul Levinson2 years ago
Review of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming the Beatles: 1 of X
I've always loved The Beatles. First as a fan, always as a fan. How much as a fan? Well, I was delighted to find a subscription to Sirius/XM Radio in my new car, early this month, and I promptly tuned...
Rhonda Taylor3 years ago
Nat Shapiro & Nat Hentoff's 'The Jazz Makers'
Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Billie Holliday, Fats Waller, Roy Eldridge, and Charlie Christian are a few of the jazz masters whose diverse and several talents, blossoming intensely over half a cen...
Arnold Seleskey3 years ago
Christopher Makos' 'White Trash' Book Review
The organic and semantic problem of decadence is its capacity to bore; an absence of vitality, no matter how stylishly served, puts one on the nod faster than a freshly rolled one right before bedtime...
Arnold Seleskey3 years ago
'Rock N Roll Is Here to Pay' Book Review
Steve Chapple and Reebee Garofalo's Rock 'n' Roll Is Here To Pay, together with Geoffrey Stokes' equally outstanding Star Making Machinery, should be considered required reading for anyone with a seri...