Articles tagged memoir, a common pornography, kevin sampsell, punk music

Punk Meets Philosophy in ‘The House of Tomorrow’

Peter Livolsi's feature debut is a delightful coming-of-age story with few surprises but strong performances throughout.

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Alec Baldwin Reflects on His Life, Career in Witty Memoir ‘Nevertheless’

In his ruminative new memoir, Nevertheless, Alec Baldwin reveals bits and pieces of a life and career full of switchbacks, some handled more wisely than others.

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30 Mar 2017 // 2:14 AM

Trevor Noah on the Biracial Divide

The indelible experiences of Trevor Noah's past have been parlayed into his memoir, Born a Crime, a history of a life living under racial divide.

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There’s a Reason Why There’s No Biography of John Hughes

Searching for John Hughes is among the finest tragedies in the brave new genre of memoir wherein the author’s own life is reflected in the undertaking of a biography fail.

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The Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones’ Memoir ‘Lonely Boy’ Leaves One Wondering

If punk died the day the Clash signed to CBS, what were Rotten, Jones, Cook, and Matlock doing reforming the Sex Pistols in 1996?

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25 Jan 2017 // 9:30 AM

Iggy Is Not a Stooge

Total Chaos reminds us that the godfather of punk is not an idiot.

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Our Lives Are Guided By Addiction

Gregor Hens’ new non-fiction work, Nicotine, is an exploration of one particular niche in the addiction dialogue.

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The Music in Brian Wilson’s Mind

Brian Wilson proves himself to be just that in the appropriately titled, I Am Brian Wilson.

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‘Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes’, or, Music criticism, Minnesota-style

Jim Walsh’s writing combines heartfelt personal stories with knowledgeable music criticism. Reading this collection feels like having a conversation with an old friend.

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Thomas Dolby: The Artist and the Intellect

Pop music's most accomplished and misunderstood one-hit wonder tells his compelling story of the rock star who became a Silicon Valley pioneer.

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Former Cure Man Finds Peace On the Road to Recovery

This volume is more than a day-to-day account of life inside the band: It's the story of how Lol Tolhurst came back from the brink and emerged a fuller man.

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Tama Janowitz’s Memoir, ‘Scream’ May Leave You Grumbling

You know you're in trouble when the author has eight dogs and isn't a vet tech.

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Former OED Chief Editor’s ‘Word Detective’ Makes for Compelling Reading

Dictionaries: "They are the nasty medicine which you are handed when you display even the slightest ignorance about the meaning of a word." Or so we thought.

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The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst Shares His View Behind the Drum Kit

Founding drummer of The Cure Lol Tolhurst explores the creation of the classic band, their meteoric rise, his alcohol-fueled crash, and his personal rebirth.

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Two Separate Memoirs Tell the Singular Tale of the Beach Boys

Now two key figures in the Beach Boys have emerged with memoirs that offer conflicting histories of one of America’s most revered bands and their contributions to it.

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The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology

In this excerpt from his memoir, Thomas Dolby recalls the breathtaking experience of playing with David Bowie at Live Aid, 2004.

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Life and Death, Worry and Humor: On Performing Beethoven’s String Quartets

Takács Quartet violinist Edward Dusinberre takes the listener-turned-reader on a guided tour between the notes of Beethoven's bewildering string quartets.

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Juliet Nicolson Breaks the Cycle of Unhappiness in ‘A House Full of Daughters’

Juliet Nicolson has a storied family tree, the family writing talent, and an unhappy legacy: which she reversed.

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Stephen Fry Would Love Christian Thielemann’s ‘My Life with Wagner’

Part memoir, part biography, and mostly lumbering essay, this is Thielemann imparting a Wagner fan's point of view from the conductor's podium.

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‘The Accidental Life’ Is Both a Time Capsule and a Guide

Like a good editor, Terry McDonell may be invisible, but the insights into writing and editing make up for the author's elusiveness, here.

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