Tag: Music

"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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"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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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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"Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life" by Graham Nash

Quick Book Review: “Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life” by Graham Nash

An excellent memoir.  Nash takes you through the heady, exciting times of his first band, The Hollies, through CSN, CSN&Y, and his solo career.  He talks about his deep friendship with Mama Cass, his many romances (including, of course, Joni Mitchell), detailed accounts of his good friendships with Stephen Stills and David Crosby, and his rocky one with Neil Young. …

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"Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain" by Danny Goldberg

Quick Book Review: “Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain” by Danny Goldberg

A memoir by Nivrana’s manager.  An interesting accounting of Nirvana’s meteoric rise, from the early indie days through the massive success of Nevermind, and the rest of their recording career.  There’s more about the recording business (and less about Cobain) than I expected, but the genius of Cobain’s songwriting and vision for the band comes through very clearly.  Many interesting…

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"Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past" by Eric Spitznagel

Quick Book Review: “Old Records Never Die: One Man’s Quest for His Vinyl and His Past” by Eric Spitznagel

The plot sounded cute: a guy sells and gives away his old vinyl, and then decides he wants to get these records back.  Not just the music, but the actual, individual albums that he specifically owned.  He would hunt for the actual albums in record stores and conventions, looking for the Bon Jovi album that had a high school girlfriend’s…

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"Lou Reed: A Life" by Anthony DeCurtis

Quick Book Review: “Lou Reed: A Life” by Anthony DeCurtis

There are many biographies of Lou Reed out there, but people say that this one is the best.  (I’ve read one other; I have three more on my bookshelf.)  DeCurtis is amazingly comprehensive, chronicling every phase of Lou’s life, personally and musically, with many fascinating and insightful stories. It also goes into detail about Lou’s bisexuality, something other books tend…

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How I Spent My Winter 2019 Pt. 12 – Winter Days in Amsterdam: The Trip Comes to an End

Ah, home sweet second home.  I arrived in Amsterdam, to spend the last few days of this long winter trip. The weather forecast for the second Amsterdam leg of the trip did not look promising.  As is typical in Amsterdam, it was rain, rain, and more rain.  I would have liked sunny weather, but I didn’t really care.  In my…

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