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The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide by Anthony Tommasini - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143111085
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Published: Penguin Books - November 5th, 2019

Whether played symphonic, sung operatic, or danced to, music spirits the sole space wherein people may wholly occupy the present. From Monteverdi and Mozart, through Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, to modernism’s Bartok, New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini provides a “personal guide” through such presence as seventeen classical composers have scored, profiling them, their art, and the 400-year history their genius has scaled. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781455501373
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 12th, 2015

I have to admit, I had never really listened to The Roots before reading this, but Questlove's descriptions of the music industry in the 90s and 2000s did not disappoint one bit! His knowledge and explanation of music history was fascinating and I hung onto his every word. I even wrote out a giant list of albums I need to listen to because of his brilliant recommendations. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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


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