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It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track: Objects & Essays, 2012-2018 by Ian Penman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781910695876
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Published: Fitzcarraldo Editions - November 19th, 2019

Is there anything left to be said about Prince, Elvis Presley, Steely Dan or Charlie Parker? As it turns out, plenty. These collected essays are thoughtful and heartfelt takes on a musical Mount Rushmore that tries to understand musicians as only a deep fan can. Penman's metaphors are as sharp as his wit, and he has a detective's eye for the telling detail. From a memorable image like Elvis going on a drug-fuelled visionquest in the desert to Parker conducting his life from the backseat of a cab to Prince regarding himself in a bathroom mirror, Penman mines facets that will send anybody who loves music back to their stack of vinyl. Hear with new ears. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


1973: Rock at the Crossroads by Andrew Grant Jackson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250299987
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - December 3rd, 2019

1973's musical riches mined in reverent detail. The Stones, the Who, and Led Zeppelin at their peak; Bowie and Elton gaining acclaim; Springsteen, Aerosmith, Kiss, and Queen getting started; punk, disco, and hip-hop brewing; while Watergate, Roe v. Wade, OPEC, and Vietnam grab the headlines. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525657682
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Published: Knopf - September 24th, 2019

I just spent six hours with Patti Smith in my car.
There is no better balm for getting unstuck, than to listen to someone clearly enlivened by aging, loss, death and elections. Admittedly, Patti's global walkabout In The Year of the Monkey. a memoir of her life approaching the age of 70, often blurs dream and reality - and I've not worked out the meaning of the candy wrappers yet - but still. This book has got soul, and I've listened to it twice. Aside from learning that she likes beans and eggs for breakfast, Patti writes with a raw and compelling lucidity about being, writing, gratitude and truth. Listen to it twice. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings by Joni Mitchell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780358181729
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 22nd, 2019

Joni created a handmade book to give to her friends for Christmas in 1971. It contained handwritten lyrics and many of her drawings. Here it is beautifully reproduced in full color on high quality paper as a gift to all those who love her art. Read the words as she wrote them down in her own hand, and you can hear the voice. "I am on a lonely road and I am traveling..." ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476793108
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 22nd, 2019

If you were ever touched by the sound of her voice, you should read this book.
If you are a fan of rock biographies, you should read this book.
If you like to read about rock n roll history, you should read this book.
An intimate portrayal of a beautiful soul who stunned and stormed the '60s music scene like no one else! ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day by Clemency Burton-Hill - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062856203
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Published: Harper - October 30th, 2018

Musical expression is, for Clemency Burton-Hill, people’s greatest communal gift. Scoring a new and unique classical composition for a year’s each calendar date, Burton-Hill orchestrates a Year of Wonder, one-page prose poems she arranges like concerts, letting the artists, their art and their instruments, gift the music back in a spirited, awe-struck performance. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


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