Cult Musicians

A Cult Musician is someone that has an eclectic artist point-of-view or who likes to perform in new or multiple genres of music. The fifty musicians explored go from Yoko Ono to Bobbie Gentry to Sun Ra. The one thing they have in common is great, sometimes greatly overlooked, musicality.Continue Reading

The Hard Times

You don’t have to be a punk to enjoy The Hard Times—but it helps. Why is it funny that The Ramones forced their studio’s janitor to change his name to Gary Ramone? Because none of The Ramones were related in real life and all changed their name to enter theContinue Reading

Rolling Stones in Comics!

I love comics and the Rolling Stones (sorry Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) so I had to read the Rolling Stones in Comics! It tells the Rolling Stones story from its humble beginnings as a R&B cover band through its last tour. It details the issues between the band members,Continue Reading

Daisy Jones & the Six

Daisy Jones & The Six is the best non-thriller that I have read this year! Set in the turbulent late 1970s Sunset Boulevard band scene, The Six is a five member middle-of-road rock band who are effectively forced by their label to add a sexy new lead singer, Daisy Jones. Continue Reading

Rock Stars at Home

With brief descriptions of their lifestyles, Rock Stars at Home offers an inside look at lives that can only be dreamed of by regular folks. Starting with Frank Sinatra’s famous Palm Springs home all the way to Noel Gallagher from Oasis, this book has a chapter for fans of allContinue Reading

Showtime at the Apollo

For decades, performers have known they have made it big when they hear, It’s Showtime at the Apollo! More than just about the Apollo Theater in Harlem, this fact-filled graphic novel tells the story of African-American music in NYC from the Harlem Renaissance after WWI through the present. All theContinue Reading

80s Redux

Beautiful photographs of 80s music industry veterans and short summaries of their life now fill 80s Redux. 46 people are profiled. Most are lead singers but other musicians and a few complete bands are included. Here are the artists and/or bands included: Dave Wakeling, The English Beat Martha Davis, TheContinue Reading

Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions

Like Beetlejuice’s The Handbook for the Living and the Dead, “this thing reads like stereo instructions”. But if the stereo instructions show Prince behind the scenes, it is worth spending a bit of time reading inconsequential details.  Prince and the Purple Rain Era Sessions: 1983 and 1984 describes what PrinceContinue Reading