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Jimmy Page: The Anthology by Jimmy Page - Book Review

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$60.00
ISBN: 9781905662616
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Published: Genesis Publications - October 20th, 2020

This is a hefty work that may require a team lift to even get onto your lap. But that is no small coincidence given what is contained within. This is not just a juicy compilation of Zeppelin/Page memorabilia; one does not have to be a fan of the group or artist to fully appreciate the depth of what is offered here. The photos of Page's extensive personal collection of memorabilia along with his accompanying notes are a true insider's guide to a significant slice of Rock and Roll history. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Hard Times: The First 40 Years by Matt Saincome - Book Review

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780358022374
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Published: Mariner Books - October 29th, 2019

Reductively, this is The Onion for music, and music-adjacent interests. Not only are the "headlines" eye catching and chuckle-worthy, but the articles are extremely clever and full of Easter eggs for those in the know. I'd go so far as to say this might be a must-buy for those interested. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Show Won't Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage by Jeff Abraham - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781641602174
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Published: Chicago Review Press - September 3rd, 2019

A morbidly fun collection of essays, perfect for pick up and go reading. As the title suggests, this is a look at performers who unfortunately met their demise in the most public of arenas. Even my kid liked this one, so I guess it's family friendly, if you're into that kind thing. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Alice in Chains: The Untold Story by David de Sola - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250199386
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - November 13th, 2018

The first definitive biography of the seminal Seattle grunge band. AiC perfectly blended the wailing vocals of metal with the deep grooves of alternative rock and broke big before people knew what Teen Spirit smelled like. The author dives deep into the history of the first incarnation of the band via hundreds of interviews with dozens of those who knew the band best. Most of the pages are devoted to Layne Staley's years fronting AiC, although there is nice epilouge giving well deserved praise to William DuVall, who took over vocal duties after Staley's rock'n'roll exile and eventual drug related demise. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix in London, September 1966-June 1967 by Jas Obrecht - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781469647067
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 12th, 2018

In the midst of the pandemic, I've heard that people have been turning to “the classics” for solace. So it was for me that when this book came across my desk, it was obvious that a book about one of the all time classics was just what I needed . I have read several works on Hendrix but Jas Obrecht's approach is perhaps the most astute. Focusing on Jimi's nine month launch into superstardom in London from '66 to '67 shines a light on one of the most remarkable periods in rock history, when a 23 year old Hendrix went from unknown fledgling with a handful of supportive friends to writing the mind-numbing array of material- while in London- for his debut album that would turn the rock/guitar/social order on its head. These were Jimi's true “supernovic” moments and his unique soul and creative genius as well as the horrible racism encountered are all brought to life here vividly. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374285937
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 15th, 2020

A triumph of scholarship, Alex Ross’s Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music sets a new standard for cultural history. Ross, the New Yorker’s longtime classical music critic, follows his acclaimed history of modern music The Rest is Noise with nothing less than a panoptic view of the outsized cultural influence of Richard Wagner-the 19th century’s grandest artistic titan-on everything that followed. From Wagner’s earliest disciples, admirers, and sycophants (like prodigal son Nietzsche and early French champion Baudelaire) to the far reaches of his influence in Tolkien, Marvel movies, and vegetarianism, Ross crafts his own leitmotifs of themes, characters, and perspectives including Wagner’s role in gay culture, his notorious descendants, and his influence on all the major figures of modernist culture writ large. Centrally, Ross reckons with Wagner’s antisemitism, the long-reaching effects of his racist prose, and how, so entwined with Nazism, he became regarded as a kind of prophet for the coming of Hitler (a most devoted disciple to be sure). With propulsive prose, deft history-telling, and a crafty structure (starting at Wagner’s death and filling in with operatic summaries or background at always the right moment), Wagnerism becomes finally a brilliant examination of the tangled knot that is the interrelationship of art, politics, and history. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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