Archive for Items Categorized 'Music', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
by Joe Van Horn
Speedreaders is often unique in the material we review—and proud of it. Here is a music catalogue that may periodically come to your house. But we sometimes do more than a mere review; this essay is both informational and illuminating.
by Amanda Petrusich
The title comes from a sticker that was affixed by their original or early subsequent owner to some 78 rpm records eventually acquired by hardcore collectors: Do not sell at any price. This becomes a ready symbol for the fervor and obsession of the collectors found in the book.
by John Corbett
Although most music consumers today stream their favorites, there has been an uptick in the interest in vinyl. There too is a tremendous backlog of out-of-print vinyl, and not everything, believe it or not, is available on CD or streaming. This book takes a long look at this phenomenon.
by Mike Love and James S. Hirsch
Enough about Brian Wilson already! I am a Beach Boy too, a founding member! Attention must be paid! I am a wonderful person! Look at Me, Ma!
by David Kinney
Now that Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the fans and enthusiasts portrayed in this book, many of them obsessive, are vindicated. David Kinney describes these folks with respect and sympathy.
by Perry Cox and Frank Daniels
John Lennon, 1966: “We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first—rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.” Fifty years later and considering the scope of this book, it just might go either way. Even if you don’t collect/trade Beatles records, you can still enjoy the book.
by Ted Gioia
Think of this book as akin to attending a graduate course in jazz appreciation. Because this book covers the subject in more than a cursory, introductory manner, we hesitate to use the cliché “Jazz 101.” Think of this book as a syllabus and find out how to “register for class.”
by Mark Dillon
The flow of Beach Boys material is seemingly endless. Released during their 50th anniversary year it offers 50 essays for 50 songs. What is amazing is the amount of documented information found in the book—and the fact that this is but one small wavelet of the ocean.
Music today is ubiquitous and the music lover is offered nearly infinite choice. Here is a look at the many, many possibilities—from reel-to-reel tape to Sirius Radio, and offers insight into how one can swim through it all—from Debussy to Janelle Monae.
by Charles Connor with Ziv Biton
When the now 80-year-old Connor joined The Upsetters (aka Little Richard’s band) he was only 18. The band didn’t have a bass player so he had to drum extra hard—enabling him to “upset” many a musical convention with innovative rhythm work.
by Scott A. Wilson (editor)
The music and musicians described in this book make the Rolling Stones, the bad boys of Rock, even in their most sinister and dangerous persona, seem safe, comfortable and overtly commercial. Even just this book review may severely offend those of delicate sensibilities.
by Fred Goodman
Fred Goodman offers an account of the business end of Rock. For fans of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, he opens a window into the back rooms, the money rooms, of the music industry. The central figure, Allen Klein, is drawn fairly and in depth.