Category: Book reviews

Pretend You’re in a War: The Who & The Sixties By Mark Blade

Pretend You’re in a War: The Who & The Sixties By Mark Blade (Aurum Press Ltd.) There is certainly no shortage of books out there about The Who. But London-based music journalist Mark Blade has proven there was room for…

Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout! Records By Kevin Prested

Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout! Records By Kevin Prested (Microsom Publishing) Whether or not you were a fan of the 1990s pop punk movement, there is no denying how influential the Northern California label Lookout! Records was…

Girl in a Band: A Memoir By Kim Gordon

Girl in a Band: A Memoir By Kim Gordon (Dey St.) For the past three decades, Kim Gordon has been the driving force of Sonic Youth —the group she cofounded—serving as co-vocalist, bassist, guitarist, and song writer. But to many,…

The Music Book: By Dave O’Leary

The Music Book By Dave O’Leary (Booktrope) Twenty years later, novelist Dave O’Leary strives to give us a real life update to Cameron Crowe’s grunge-era epic ‘Singles’ by setting his semi-autobiographical tale, “The Music Book,” in present day Seattle and…

Welcome to Braggsville: By T. Geronimo Johnsons

Welcome to Braggsville By T. Geronimo Johnson’s (William Morrow) T. Geronimo Johnson’s first novel, “Hold It ‘Til It Hurts,” was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and earned the author a slew of fans among book critics….

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone By Marky Ramone

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone By Marky Ramone (Touchstone) At this point just about every member of the band has had their side of the story told in the ever-growing genre of “Ramones Memoirs and Biographies.” And…

108 Rock Star Guitars By Lisa S. Johnson

108 Rock Star Guitars By Lisa S. Johnson (Hal Leonard Book) In 2013, Lisa S. Johnson’s “108 Rock Star Guitars” was released in a collector’s hardcover edition and a pretty hefty price tag came along with it. Now the book…

The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus By Dan O’Shannon

The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus By Dan O’Shannon (William Morrow) If God doesn’t have a sense of humor, TV writer/author Dan O’Shannon is likely going to hell thanks to “The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus.” But I’ll gladly tag along with…

U2 Revolution By Mat Snow

U2: Revolution By Mat Snow (Race Point Publishing) Yes, there are plenty of U2 bios out there – some good, some dreadful, and a couple pretty great. There are also a number of hardcover, coffee table-sized books on the band…

Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980-1984: By Ian Glasper

Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980-1984 By Ian Glasper (PM Press) If you quickly answer “Blink 182!” when asked about your favorite punk band, this book is probably not meant for you. But for those with a burning…