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

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By Min Kym
ISBN: 9780451496072
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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

Never a Dull Moment: 1971 the Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781627793995
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 7th, 2016

A rock and roll journey to 1971, when record stores, cheap concerts, and musical experimentation reigned. The musicians whose influence persevered: David Bowie, Carole King, Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin, are balanced by artists who fell short. Post-Beatles and Woodstock, pre-disco and punk, 1971 is stoked with youthful, and never dull, musical rebellion. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

Testimony by Robbie Robertson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307889782
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Published: Crown Archetype - November 15th, 2016

Robertson was always considered the coolest member of The Band, the legendary group that backed Bob Dylan before taking off on their own. This soul-baring memoir is a revelation: the usual hijinks and Dylan tales, a passionate valentine to the saving grace of rock ‘n’ roll and the remarkable brotherhood formed by five disparate individuals. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley

The Lyrics: 1961-2012 by Bob Dylan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451648768
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2016

From the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, there is this: all of his lyrics. Devotees and casual fans alike will appreciate this beautiful, comprehensive volume. Dylan edited dozens of songs for the book which are appearing publicly for the first time here. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Absolutely on Music

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By Haruki Murakami, Seiji Ozawa, Jay Rubin (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780385354349
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Published: Knopf - November 15th, 2016

I've said it before and I'll say it again: If I could only read the work of one author for the rest of my life, I'd choose Haruki Murakami. In this new non-fiction work, Murakami sits down with Seiji Ozawa, legendary conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Music has long been a pivotal component of Murakami's novels, which is no surprise, as he ran a jazz club before becoming an internationally bestselling author. Absolutely on Music is like sitting in on an intimate conversation between friends, and it is a privilege to be able to eavesdrop on these two legends. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll

Steely Dan

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ISBN: 9781468313147
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Published: Overlook-Omnibus - August 23rd, 2016

For anyone who ever came to appreciate the inimitable brilliance of the music of Steely Dan in the 1970's, Sweet's newly updated and rereleased review of their evolution from college friends to struggling songwriters to the toast of the music industry has all the answers to all the questions you ever had or never even got around to posing.

For years, Sweet had been the publisher of Steely Dan's fan newzine. In presenting this all-encompassing profile of the band/duo to the world, he obligatorily points out that Becker and Fagan- founders, songwriters, Steely Dan themselves- did not agree to offer input for his book. Yet “Reelin” doesn't suffer at all in this absence; firstly, Sweet dug up enough prior interviews that Becker and Fagan had given during the earlier days to make up for any lack of new interview material, but additionally, in his extensive research, the author has touched based with every other significant contributor to “The Dan's” music from day one- countless musicians, producers, engineers. There is a true treasure trove of inside and insightful information here sure to delight fans, especially given Steely Dan's previously notorious skimpiness when it came to album notes.

Which player had just finished building his instrument in the parking lot just three hours before recording one of the group's most famous guitar parts? Which musician performed the impossible feat of acing their part in one take on one of the band's all-time most intricate compositions? The evolution of Fagan the vocalist from self-loathing self-doubter to iconic interpretive master, the story behind the crafting of every song, from draft board to studio and the contribution of every “hired gun” studio musician- as well as the tales behind those famously cryptic lyrics- it's all here, comprehensively and skillfully presented by Sweet. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


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