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bob-mustin's picture
Aug.17.2013
  Carole King - A Natural Woman - A Memoir, by Carole King   The famous many of my generation are now writing memoirs trying, I think, to explain their lives more to themselves than to their fans and other readers. Of course, a number of the memoirs I’ve posted on here have...
luke-james's picture
Oct.02.2012
I used to write a lot about my checkered past in the music business, interesting mainly to me, like most bores. I always loved football (soccer) as a boy and so rediscovering my love of the game at age 60 has revealed itself as a far healthier way to relate the past to something I'm passionate...
michael-seidel's picture
Jan.08.2012
Watched both the NFC & AFC playoff games on Saturday and came away with my own impressions. Haven't read what others said.  1. The results were what I expected.  2. Detroit showed terrible defensive discipline. They weren't tackling. On more than one play, I saw the defender wrap up...
richie-unterberger's picture
Oct.09.2010
Oct. 9 marks what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday - a milestone hard to grasp when the final photo of the man froze him in time at the age of 40, senselessly assassinated 30 years ago this coming December. Now that the compact disc format is threatened with extinction, it could...
richie-unterberger's picture
Oct.06.2010
There are hundreds if not thousands of Beatles books, with more on the way all the time. Here's an opinionated, selective guide to 15 of the best of them, which covers the very most essential volumes written about the band, as well as the best starting points for those wanting to find out about the...
richie-unterberger's picture
Oct.06.2010
CDs (in roughly chronological order): 1. The Decca audition tapes, January 1, 1962: The complete 15-song tape of their unsuccessful audition for Decca Records, long bootlegged, with five cuts finding official release on Anthology 1. This is the first studio-quality, album-length recording of the...
brad-schreiber's picture
Sep.01.2010
It was forty years ago, September 18, that arguably the greatest electric guitarist to ever live, Jimi Hendrix, passed away. His legacy as an innovative genius is not in question. But when Hendrix archivist-author Steven Roby offered me the chance to co-write a biography of Jimi's developmental...
brad-schreiber's picture
Aug.14.2010
After a year of researching, writing, finding rare photos for licensing and agonizing over being completely honest about the life of the greatest electric guitarist who ever lived, I'm pleased to tell you that on August 31, Da Capo/Perseus releases in stores in the US and UK the early years...
cyndi-perkins's picture
May.21.2010
One of the privileges of aging is watching pop songs evolve into classics. From Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and the Jackson Five to the Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, back to Brenda Lee and the Platters and around again to Akon and Kid Rock, old pop songs gilded "...
huntington-sharp's picture
May.19.2010
This week's blog topic—"My favorite popular song"—was inspired by the 40th anniversary of the breakup of the Beatles. I learned today that it's also the 30th anniversary of the suicide of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of the late-'70s punk band Joy Division. After Curtis died, the remaining members...