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“The Great Animal Orchestra is an interesting look at how we, as humans, define music. Are we musical because the environments surrounding us are?

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“When it comes to memoirs, things don’t get more heartfelt than this. And when it comes to storytelling, few could match the humor, passion, and humanity of these pages.

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“Nothing about Bringing the Body to the Stage and Screen is hasty or superficial. Author Lust offers the essences of the work in every page.

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“Trading Manny is, of course, about the heartbreak two fans feel when their love for baseball is betrayed.

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“There are at least 50 acts whose work is covered in detail, with scores mentioned in passing.

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“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

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“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.

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“Simon Doonan seems to be living in a world of yesterday when it comes to gay consciousness, gay accomplishments, and human (gay and non-gay) rights to the point that, when he mentions arti

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“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

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“As an academic study in 18th century music and use of castrati, Ms.

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“Brian Kellow delivers. . . . the filmic rise and fall of a woman of true brilliance, huge ego, and no small amount of neuroses.”

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“Safe to say that of all the loves of her life, men’s hats tend to rise to the top of Ms.

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“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

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“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

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“Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is a funny, thoughtful, and extremely well-crafted book.”

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“Don’t like The Doors or wondering who this Jim Morrison guy is?

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“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.”

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“. . . 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.

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“Craig Marks and Rob Tannebaum have penned one of the most comprehensive and informative histories of MTV’s golden age, an age that changed the face of music and impacted the lives of milli

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“Those seeking a history of the music of the 1960s and those who made it, a somewhat gossipy account of what Joni Mitchell referred to as ‘the refuge of the road,’ will find much to admire

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“And so it goes. In the end, Shatner’s Rules, like Shatner’s ego and Shatner’s vocal patterns, are uniquely his own.

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“From page 435 onward, Spencer Tracy is an excellent biography indeed, albeit one that would have benefited greatly from losing at least a good 200 of those first 400 pages. . . .

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“We should all live such lives—dreaming and attaining, loving and lusting—and look so good when we sit down to write our memoirs. . . .

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