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Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812995541
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 30th, 2018

A love letter to fans from the remaining two Beasties. This hardcover tome traces the band's revolutionary path from punk dirtbags to Buddhist hip-hop icons. Numerous guest articles, full color photographs and incredible insight make this a must for any fan. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville by Michael Streissguth - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062038197
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Published: It Books - February 25th, 2014

Head on down with Willie and Waylon and the boys who started a revolution. Tired of the same old tunes in Nashville, a few brave outlaws took country music by storm, and changed the rules for everyone while doing so. Are you sure Hank done it this way? ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Gifts For Music Lovers

 

Everyone loves to jam out every now and then. As our lives have gotten more and more digital over the years, music streaming has become as normal as turning on the FM radio and rolling the windows down to annoy those around you. There's nothing better than finding a great new artist who speaks to you, or even going back to a band you grew up with and falling in love all over again.

How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music by Elijah Wald - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780199756971
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 1st, 2011

Ragtime. Rumba. Rock ‘n’ roll. While the title is a big misnomer—The Beatles aren’t even mentioned until the last chapter—this book is a fascinating history lesson in the continually evolving trends of popular music in America. As pop shifted from standards printed on sheet music to the albums of today, from big band dance halls and jukebox battles to radio payola and vinyl sales, its sounds and styles changed. The torch was passed from Goodman to Sinatra to Presley, from Ellington and Cole to Redding and Berry. But Wald’s strength here is in highlighting the historic successes of names that are lesser known today: Paul Whiteman, Jo Stafford, Guy Lombardo, Fats Waller, and the Original Dixieland Jass Band all take center stage, and that’s just a handful of what Wald investigates. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312427719
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Published: Picador - October 14th, 2008

I love this book—it’s an imminently readable history of twentieth century avant-garde music. Wonderfully written, with great sketches of moments, biographies, and performances. Ross explains the thorny music and introduces the reader to a plethora of wild compositions--from Mahler, Strauss, and Schoenberg to Reich, Adams and Radiohead. But it’s really a history of the 20th century through music. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Lament from Epirus: An Odyssey Into Europe's Oldest Surviving Folk Music by Christopher C. King - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393248999
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 29th, 2018

Despite a seeming incomprehension for music recorded after about 1930, King’s Lament from Epirus is an enjoyable travelogue, ethnomusicological treatise, and meditation on music and art. Wide-ranging and (mostly) delightfully-written, King explores his acknowledged bizarre fondness for 78s and takes the reader on a trip from discovering the folk recordings of Epirus in an Istanbul bazaar, listening to them in Virginia, and back across the Atlantic to Northern Greece. He sleuths out the biographies of his favorite recording artists, listens to contemporary performances by Romany musicians, and describes the wounds incurred through a night of Epirote moonshine and concerts. But he also reflects on prehistory, the origins of music, and the perils of writing about history and art in general. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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