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"Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life" by Steven Hyden

Quick Book Review: “Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life” by Steven Hyden

This is really a book about pop culture, and the author has made a pretty good career as a writer on the topic.  Addressing pop culture through these music rivalries was very entertaining.  As a fan of classic rock and alternative music, I really enjoyed the chapters on Oasis vs. Blur, Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam, Eric Clapton vs. Jimmy Hendrix,…

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"The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap" by Gish Jen

Quick Book Review: “The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap” by Gish Jen

The author is better known as a novelist, but she’s written this non-fiction exploration of the divide between Western and Eastern culture. She basically divides West from East by how the self is seen. Western people are characterized by individualism and self-esteem, compared to Eastern people, who are flexible and interdependent. In the West we value uniqueness, while in the…

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"Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink" by Elvis Costello

Quick Book Review: “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink” by Elvis Costello

A long, detailed autobiography by a performer I’ve always liked, even though I haven’t kept up with his career. Elvis’s father was a very accomplished musician, and I enjoyed hearing about Elvis’s musical upbringing, and his early years at Stiff Records and on the punk scene. Elvis has very broad musical tastes, and he describes encounters and collaborations with George…

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"The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning" by Scott Galloway

Quick Book Review: “The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning” by Scott Galloway

I really had no idea who Scott Galloway was when I got this book, but it looked good when I perused it in the bookstore, so I purchased a used copy. The first part was cool enough, as Galloway, a NYU professor and (as I subsequently found out) unbelievably wealthy entrepreneur, doled out some well thought out nuggets of life…

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"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon, and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD" by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

Quick Book Review: “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon, and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD” by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

A very interesting, very detailed account of the 28 months that LSD guru was on the run after escaping from jail on a ridiculous drug charge. President Nixon labeled Leary “the most dangerous man in America” and was absolutely desperate to see him recaptured and brought to justice. Fascinating stories about the jailbreak, his escape to Algeria and his joining…

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Easy Rider Live Radio City Music Hall

“Easy Rider Live” At Radio City Honors The Film’s 50th Anniversary

Excellent night last night at Radio City Music Hall!! Celebrating Peter Fonda and the movie’s 50 years, “Easy Rider” was shown with Steppenwolf singer John Kay and The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn performing the soundtrack LIVE! They were terrific. Great vibe. Great finale, too. “Easy Rider’s” iconic soundtrack includes Steppenwolf classics like “The Pusher” and “Born to Be Wild,” as well…

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