Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story of Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America's New Public Ene by Cyrus Bozorgmehr - Book Review

I came into this book expecting a fun, quick read about the Wu-Tang Clan's infighting, some producer trying to make a quick buck, and Martin Shkreli being a general ass. I was blown away by how much deeper this title goes. Rather than being a typical "making of the album" journal, or a tell-all screed, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a deep-dive into the changing face of the music industry and the need for artists to adapt amidst the falling revenue streams of the major-label benefactors. How do you make money in a world that is used to getting the hottest new albums for free? Wu-Tang and their protege-turned-producer had just the idea: Make a new album, produce only one copy of it, and let the market decide how much it was worth. This is and of itself is an amazing story, but it only gets better once everyone's favorite "pharma-bro" gets involved. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll

Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen - Book Review

From NPR's All Songs Considered, Boilen has a lot of experience interviewing musicians. Here, he has collected the formative songs of some major artists. It's so cool to read and learn about what your favorite musicians listen to! ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll

Vinyl Me, Please: 100 Albums You Need in Your Collection by Vinyl Me Please - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419725975
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Published: Abrams Image - April 4th, 2017

The monthly subscription service of the same name has curated a selection of LPs that any aspiring record collector should consider adding to their collection. While I may not agree with all of their choices, there's bound to be something for everyone in this book. And if you get that record-buying itch, why not scratch it right here at Northshire? ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll

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: 9780062233097
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 23rd, 2017

An oral history of all those garage-rock/ throwback bands that exploded onto the scene in the early 2000s. The Stokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Ryan Adams, etc are all profiled here, and its not always pretty. Can you imagine how much cocaine these guys and gals were ingesting? ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll

Behind the Scenes with Giants of Modern Music, Part I

Some of us develop reading habits and patterns we may not originally realize we are forming. For me, I have only recently discovered in myself, over the past few years, a fascination with music biographies. (Read more...)

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ISBN: 9780316160698
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 5th, 1994

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ISBN: 9781770411326
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Published: ECW Press - September 9th, 2014

Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym - Book Review

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By Min Kym
ISBN: 9780451496072
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown - April 25th, 2017

A violin prodigy finds the perfect Stradivarius, only to have it stolen from her. Kym's lyrical voice mirrors for her peerless musicianship, expressing a delicate yet driven, self-effacing yet self-assured personality, and affection bordering on the erotic for a 300-year old instrument that she believes reciprocates her ardor. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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