Articles tagged music biography

R&B’s Paterfamilias Johnny Otis:  ‘Black by Persuasion’

Not long after Pete Seeger galvanized American progressives with folk music, and years before Bob Dylan brought social issues to the forefront of rock music, Johnny Otis was a "drum major for justice".

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The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger by Alec Wilkinson

Alec Wilkinson paints a simple picture of a combatant for social justice, an anti-materialist, a woodsman, a patriot, an environmentalist, a near 90-year-old with a fierce regard for even-handedness.

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Cat Power: A Good Woman by Elizabeth Goodman

Even at her worst, Cat Power is worthy of attention, a fact she has learned to respect. But it doesn't mean she wanted this book to be written.

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Ultimate Hendrix by John McDermott

As engineer Eddie Kramer laments, too many Hendrix recording sessions ended up as parties, with hangers-on, groupies, and various other revelers packed into the studio to witness the Hendrix magic.

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Hot Burritos: The True Story of the Flying Burrito Brothers by John Einarson with Chris Hillman

It seems like Einarson was more eager to include multiple perspectives, no matter how much they overlapped, than he was to craft a flowing narrative.

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Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff

Ratliff eschews the typical trappings of routine biography to plumb more profound ideas of musical language, identity, and influence.

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I Want to Take You Higher by  Jeff Kaliss

Although the Viscaynes had disbanded by the time their music hit the airwaves, Stone had solidified his decision to continue pursuing a career in the music industry.

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Dusty! Queen of the Postmods by Annie J. Randall

As Randall thoroughly explores, Dusty Springfield's physical transfiguration and visual impact were only the tip of her transformation.

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Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend by Mark Wilkerson

There is a significant amount of information about the Who, but it doesn’t tell an obsessive fan anything she doesn’t already know.

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Things the Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett

"To all the crazy girls I loved before: thank you, but I'm just too tired now."

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Smart Blonde: Dolly Parton, by Stephen Miller

The frisson between the dual natures of Parton’s appeal, that of a serious musician versus that of a dumb blonde, have made her an enigma.

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29 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller

Trailblazing women of the '60s: Journalist Sheila Weller traces three enduring songwriters who defined -- and gave voice to -- a generation.

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Ten years in the making, documentary sings Celia Cruz’s praises

MIAMI - Ten years ago, two young documentarians from Miami nestled a letter to Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa, into a round, disc-shaped film canister,

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22 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

Willie Nelson: An Epic Life by Joe Nick Patoski

New Willie Nelson biography light on revelations, but fans will relish intimate details.

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17 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Storms by Carol Ann Harris

But is Harris describing isolated, drug-fuelled incidents that seem endemic of the time and culture she was living in -- or serial, criminal abuse?

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24 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Nirvana by Everett True

One of the author's major assertions, expressed through quotes of others, is that Nirvana remains a powerful entity owing much to the fact that Kurt Cobain is gone.

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Ill Sleep When Im Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon

Warren Zevon's ex-wife portrays him as a genius -- and a tyrant.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson by Philip Lambert

It's the ultimate in the band A = band B + band C style of music criticism, and it grows old quickly.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "She Takes Me"

// Sound Affects

"The newest Between the Grooves series tackles Lowercase's Kill the Lights, a great marriage of slowcore and post-punk: raw, angry, sullen, and very much alive almost 20 years later.

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