Britain’s Desert Island Discs has been on the BBC since 1942. They don’t have to choose records on that mythical patch of sand with a lone palm tree for company, but many do.
“‘I have often said that my songs are my children and that I expect them to support me when I’m old. Well, I am old, and they are!’”
Paul Morley is fond of the playlist.
Philip Norman has tackled some interesting luminaries of the golden age of rock and roll.
Leonard Cohen Untold Stories could not have happened before social media. Through Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp, Michael Posner located people who once knew Leonard Cohen and fell away.
“‘If I was the sky, Bobbie was the earth. She grounded me. Two years older, she also protected me.’”
“The Beatles were not just a band but a magic act.”
“One senses on every page Kaplan’s enthusiasm for his subject as well as his deep knowledge.”
“It smelled like a combination of mud and shit. But the fact that 400,000 people could be in an environment like that and generally be so euphoric is pretty extraordinary.“
Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E Friedman offers itself simultaneously as art book and fan collection.
“This excellent collection of scholarly essays varies in scope and subject matter, but what ties them together is a collective appreciation and admiration for the seminal 1968 album The
“in part a work of advocacy for classical music, in part philosophy for a society in transition, and in part wisdom from a sensitive, caring, and intelligent artist, Classical Music: Ex
“Go Ahead in the Rain is a musical memoir in which the narrator comes of age and becomes a man.”
In case the nonstop celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt.
“The Great Animal Orchestra is an interesting look at how we, as humans, define music. Are we musical because the environments surrounding us are?
“There are at least 50 acts whose work is covered in detail, with scores mentioned in passing.
“Changing Lives gives appropriate credit where credit is due; however, it would have been more engaging had the author given us a more balanced portrayal of the system that is trul
“Anyone can pick up an instrument in the middle of his/her life and gain enough proficiency to enjoy playing favorite songs. Learning music is not limited to any class or race of people.
“How the Beatles Destroyed Rock and Roll is a superbly thoughtful, inclusive, and intellectually challenging look at American popular music and culture from the turn of the 20th ce
“As an academic study in 18th century music and use of castrati, Ms.
“In so many other places in Look, I Made a Hat, as here, Stephen Sondheim has tales to tell, names to drop and wonderful, rich, savory mincemeat to make of others, all in his own i
“In following this kid from the back blocks, who not only graces the covers of Modern Drummer and of Guitar World in one lifetime, who has made and held a fortune, owns hi
“Don’t like The Doors or wondering who this Jim Morrison guy is?
“I’ve strugged in the past to articulate exactly why Bruce Springsteen’s music cuts so deeply for me. Thanks to Robert Wiersema’s heartfelt book, though, I think I’m a little closer.”
“. . . all these fun facts get lost in the choppiness of I Want My MTV as a whole, and very few people will be willing to read 600+ pages of sound bytes.