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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


Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476793108
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 22nd, 2019

If you were ever touched by the sound of her voice, you should read this book.
If you are a fan of rock biographies, you should read this book.
If you like to read about rock n roll history, you should read this book.
An intimate portrayal of a beautiful soul who stunned and stormed the '60s music scene like no one else! ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day by Clemency Burton-Hill - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062856203
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Published: Harper - October 30th, 2018

Musical expression is, for Clemency Burton-Hill, people’s greatest communal gift. Scoring a new and unique classical composition for a year’s each calendar date, Burton-Hill orchestrates a Year of Wonder, one-page prose poems she arranges like concerts, letting the artists, their art and their instruments, gift the music back in a spirited, awe-struck performance. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Solid State: The Story of "abbey Road" and the End of the Beatles by Kenneth Womack - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501746857
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Published: Cornell University Press - October 15th, 2019

The world's most popular group nearly pulled the plug in early 1969. Instead, they put most of their personal, artistic, and business differences aside to gather in the Abbey Road studio. There, reveling in new recording equipment and unabashed inspiration, they created a final, iconic album. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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


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