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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: 9780062233103
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 13th, 2018

Six hundred pages of sex, drugs and indie rock. Documenting the New York City rock explosion in the 2000s, Goodman interviews over 150 musicians, DJs, producers, journalists, record execs and NYC scenesters. Featuring the unruly rise to fame of bands like The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The White Stripes, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear, MGMT, and Vampire Weekend to name a handful, this comprehensive oral history is funny, boisterous, and more gossipy than a tabloid. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Smash!: Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and the '90s Punk Explosion by Ian Winwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780306902741
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Published: Da Capo Press - November 20th, 2018

Hey-ay, come out and play! This first-of-its-kind look into the pop/punk explosion of the early 1990s is a head-banging read. In the midst of Nirvana's slaughter of the hair metal bands of the 80s, punk music inspired by the innovators of the 70s and 80s rose up through the lens of alternative rock of bands like Green Day and the Offspring. It was never a smooth ride to the top though, as the successful bands in the scene were often accused of being sellouts and worse. A must read for fans of the era. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


How to Be Invisible: Lyrics by Kate Bush - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780571350940
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Published: Faber & Faber Social - January 8th, 2019

The publication and presentation of Kate Bush's lyrics are a perfect match with their creator. No photographs, grandiose dedication, or acknowledgement. Only her words, her masks, her elusive, enigmatic, dark, challenging, and breathtaking persona. And to think: there's music, too. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll by Ian S. Port - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501141652
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Published: Scribner - January 15th, 2019

This is so much more than just another history of the birth of the electric guitar. Port's masterwork covers it all, not just the minutiae of the cultural influences, technical innovations and inventors' personal lives/travails/aspirations (on which he does do remarkable work) but even more entertainingly, his research masterpiece strikes countless rich pockets of tasty anecdotes in the fertile young soil of rock and roll's formative years and the myriad Gods who shaped it. Dick Dale, The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Hendrix and more and, of course, the unstoppable creative forces that were Leo Fender and Les Paul. An overflowing gold mine of amplified, electrified, rock and roll treasure awaits here- highest recommend! ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Listen to This by Alex Ross - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312610685
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Published: Picador - October 25th, 2011

This collection of essays from the music critic for the New Yorker is a delightful grab bag of his best work (outside his contemporary classic The Rest Is Noise). The initial essay charts his personal musical growth from classical music to pop via the lunatic fringe of the experimental ends of both bleed into one another and where genre demarcations aren’t helpful. From there he covers Bach to Björk, Radiohead to John Luther Adams, Kurt Cobain to John Cage, with great stops on the way like the multifaceted effects of recording on music. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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