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Sunday, February 19 2012

20 Questions: Gail Simmons

Eat. Write. Travel. Cook. Four little words, an amuse-bouche in the great feast that is food for thought, if you will, that would lead Gail Simmons to her prestigious roles with Food & Wine Magazine, Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts.


Thursday, February 16 2012

The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies Dreamers—and the Coming Cashless Society

The usefulness of physical money -- to say nothing of its value -- is coming under fire as never before. Told with verve and wit, this book explores an aspect of our daily lives so fundamental that we rarely stop to think about it. You’ll never look at a dollar bill the same again.


Thursday, February 9 2012

Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro: A Rock Star’s Midlife Crisis or Valid Literature?

Regardless how history comes to look Nick Cave's The Death of Bunny Munro, in the context of Cave’s career, it stands alone as the purest distillation of his artistry -- a poetic novel with Cave’s inimitable brand of the grotesque, absurd and often comic nature of humanity.


Wednesday, February 1 2012

Carole E. Barrowman’s Authorial Journey to Hollow Earth

Hollow Earth isn’t just any book. It may be the Next Big Thing in young adult (YA) literature. It’s cover proclaims that “Imagination can be a dangerous thing,” but fans of John and Carole E. Barrowman are more than willing to take that risk.


Thursday, January 12 2012

The Sexual History of London

If Paris is the city of love, then London is the city of lust. From the bath houses of Roman Londinium to the sexual underground of the 20th century and beyond, this is an entertaining, vibrant chronicle of London and sex through the ages.


Wednesday, December 14 2011

Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs…

This is an unapologetic and hilarious account of eight key years of "total assault on the culture", to quote William S. Burroughs.


Thursday, December 8 2011

This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl

This definitive biography tells the epic story of a singular career that includes Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Them Crooked Vultures.


Thursday, December 1 2011

The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun signed and/or recorded many of the greatest musical artists of all time. Always hip, he lived in the grand manner but was never happier than when he found himself in some down-and-out joint listening to music late at night.


Tuesday, November 22 2011

And Nothing but the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert

A funny and personal portrait of the comedian who became the headline-making, ground-breaking star of The Colbert Report.


Friday, November 18 2011

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

From post-Dylan Greenwich Village, to arson-scarred South Bronx barrios where salsa and hip-hop were born, to Lower Manhattan lofts where jazz and classical music were reimagined, to ramshackle clubs like CBGBs and the Gallery, where rock and dance music were hot-wired for a new generation...


Thursday, November 3 2011

‘Pulphead’: A Sharp-Eyed, Uniquely Humane Tour of America’s Cultural Landscape

An exhilarating tour of America’s popular, unpopular, and at times completely forgotten culture. Sullivan shows us—with a laidback, erudite Southern charm that’s all his own—how we really (no, really) live now.


Monday, October 31 2011

Chic, Le Freak: Why Nile Rodgers Is the Guv’nor

Nile Rodgers is undoubtedly one of the architects of contemporary pop, yet the Chic man, über-producer and guitar legend has not always received full praise -- he's even had his records dynamited. However, according to Steve Jansen, Rodgers has never been anything less than the Guv'nor.


Thursday, October 27 2011

The Beatles in Hamburg: The Stories, the Scene and How It All Began

When the Beatles went to Hamburg in 1960, in the company of gangsters and prostitutes they changed their sound, wore black leather, lost their bass player, sacked their drummer, developed a vast repertoire of raucous rock ’n’ roll songs, and fashioned a new hairstyle.


Monday, October 24 2011

Rapper and Mystic: Two Sides of Charles Bukowski

Like all mystics, Bukowski felt strongly that man’s way of living was insane, that we are asleep if we accept, blindly, the pointless, soul-destroying, undignified, unmanly nature of the nine-to-five.


Thursday, October 20 2011

A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster’s Guide to Rockabilly Music

This the story of rockabilly music, the primal ‘50s howl of rockin'rage. With roots in country, blues, folk, hillbilly, R&B, boogie-woogie and other Deep South forms it was young people's music, wild and primitive, and despised by adults and the country music establishment.


Thursday, October 13 2011

Beethoven in America

Beethoven is in American commercialism and the black power movements. He’s in film and theater, disco, country, rock and rap. To examine Beethoven on American soil is to examine America itself.


Thursday, October 6 2011

Red Rock: The Long Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll

From pivotal concerts by local legends to controversial visits from international rock superstars, clashes with state censors and government-sponsored rock festivals, this work encapsulates the thrills and frustrations experienced by Chinese rockers.


Monday, October 3 2011

20 Questions: William Shatner

William Shatner, Captain Kirk, Cultural Icon Extraordinaire. Shatner Rules. Like all great American actors – he’s not American. We’re not even sure he’s human. We’re certain, however, that he’s The Captain of Everything -- not least PopMatters 20 Questions.


Sunday, October 2 2011

Michael Moore’s ‘Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life’

Capturing the zeitgeist of the past 50 years, yet deeply personal and unflinchingly honest, this memoir takes readers on an unforgettable, take-no-prisoners ride through the life and times of Michael Moore.


Thursday, September 29 2011

How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior

Bad behavior is the entry point for a brilliant cultural romp as well as an anti-civics lesson. "Shove your rules," says scandal, and no doubt every upright citizen, deep within, cheers the transgression—as long as it's someone else's head on the block.


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