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Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz by Fred Hersch - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781101904343
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Published: Crown Archetype - September 12th, 2017

Fred Hersch is one of the greatest jazz pianists of his generation. This is his story--from upper middle-class Midwestern beginnings to wild times in New York City where he ultimately forged his illustrious career. Hersch is the first openly gay, HIV positive jazz man. In the overtly masculine world of be-bop and straight-ahead jazz, his was a difficult road in coming to terms with who he was and dealing with serious health concerns. Readers and listeners of jazz will appreciate this candid and musical memoir. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story of Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America's New Public Ene by Cyrus Bozorgmehr - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250125279
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 11th, 2017

I came into this book expecting a fun, quick read about the Wu-Tang Clan's infighting, some producer trying to make a quick buck, and Martin Shkreli being a general ass. I was blown away by how much deeper this title goes. Rather than being a typical "making of the album" journal, or a tell-all screed, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a deep-dive into the changing face of the music industry and the need for artists to adapt amidst the falling revenue streams of the major-label benefactors. How do you make money in a world that is used to getting the hottest new albums for free? Wu-Tang and their protege-turned-producer had just the idea: Make a new album, produce only one copy of it, and let the market decide how much it was worth. This is and of itself is an amazing story, but it only gets better once everyone's favorite "pharma-bro" gets involved. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen - Book Review

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Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062344458
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 28th, 2017

From NPR's All Songs Considered, Boilen has a lot of experience interviewing musicians. Here, he has collected the formative songs of some major artists. It's so cool to read and learn about what your favorite musicians listen to! ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Vinyl Me, Please: 100 Albums You Need in Your Collection by Vinyl Me Please - Book Review

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781419725975
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Published: Abrams Image - April 4th, 2017

The monthly subscription service of the same name has curated a selection of LPs that any aspiring record collector should consider adding to their collection. While I may not agree with all of their choices, there's bound to be something for everyone in this book. And if you get that record-buying itch, why not scratch it right here at Northshire? ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062233097
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 23rd, 2017

An oral history of all those garage-rock/ throwback bands that exploded onto the scene in the early 2000s. The Stokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Ryan Adams, etc are all profiled here, and its not always pretty. Can you imagine how much cocaine these guys and gals were ingesting? ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Behind the Scenes with Giants of Modern Music, Part I

Some of us develop reading habits and patterns we may not originally realize we are forming. For me, I have only recently discovered in myself, over the past few years, a fascination with music biographies. (Read more...)

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316160698
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 5th, 1994

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ISBN: 9781770411326
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Published: ECW Press - September 9th, 2014

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