Thursday, June 17 2010
Cigar Box Banjo is less a memoir than it is an epitaph: Paul Quarrington wanted to be taken seriously as a bluesman, less so as an author.
Thursday, April 15 2010
In an oversized edition, lavishly illustrated, this is a book that will put Floyd fanatics over the dark side of the moon.
Tuesday, January 19 2010
This two-disc set is a decent attempt at encapsulating the group's early career -- a formidable task given the complexities of both the band and the era.
Thursday, January 14 2010
The story of dozens of artists great and small, and the record label that helped define both R&B and country music in the '40s, '50s and '60s.
Sunday, October 25 2009
Patrick Huber's counter-narrative of Piedmont country music's complicated origins and characteristics deserves to be the dominant one.
Thursday, August 20 2009
As a participant in the rock 'n' roll scene in the late ‘80s and throughout the ‘90s, Wareham proves to be an invaluable guide and an incisive observer.
Tuesday, April 21 2009
Prato's book makes one misty eyed for the good ol’ days, when flannel was the fashion and sludge rock was king.
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.
Wednesday, March 11 2009
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.
Monday, January 19 2009
Alex Ross' tome, winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, offers a history of the 20th Century as seen through the prism of the modern-day composer.