"Rockonomics: A Backstage Tour About What the Music Industry can Teach us About Economics and Life" by Alan B. Krueger

Quick Book Review: “Rockonomics: A Backstage Tour About What the Music Industry can Teach us About Economics and Life” by Alan B. Krueger

I’m a huge music fan, but I’ve never thought much about the music industry and how it actually works: who makes the money, how they make it, and how much they actually make.  This book was loaded with interesting facts about the music business and how it has radically changed over the past few years.  Rock musicians used to make…

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Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed

Quick Book Review: “Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed” by Howard Sounes

Two years ago, I read “Waiting for The Man”, Jerry Reed’s biography of Lou Reed.  The book covered Lou’s life pretty well, with the focus mainly on his albums.  Last year, I read Anthony DeCurtis’s biography, “Lou Reed: A Life”, which some people think is the definitive biography.  It was an excellent balance of music analysis as well as interesting…

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"Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever" by Nick De Semlyen

Quick Book Review: “Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever” by Nick De Semlyen

I’ve always been a fan of comedy, and the 1980s were a golden age.  This is a well-researched book about many of the groundbreaking comedians of the era, and how they made the transition from television to film, changing the face of cinematic comedy forever.  Filled with juicy stories about Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, John Candy,…

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