Madonna: The Style Book – Debbi Voller

Stretch halter mini dress with open weave sides Madonna: The Style Book reads like one of those cheaply put together star memorabilia books written for young teenagers. In the 1980's, such books were published in the  ...

Dark Day/Live in Verona – Fred Anderson Quartet

Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson is one of the most surprising success stories of the 1990s. Originally emerging as a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the mid-1960s, he played with members of the  ...

Our Band Could Be Your Life – Michael Azerrad

The punks won. Dismissed upon emergence as an aberration, a mindlessly destructive tantrum at the expense of legitimate rock music, the “punk aesthetic” has been assimilated into mainstream American culture to such an extent that it’s hard to imagine  ...

Dogs Dream of Running – John Lehman

Dogs Dream of Running collects forty-eight of John Lehman’s wry melancholic poems. Perhaps it’s bad form to recommend reading a book’s Epilogue before commencing with page one. However, Lehman’s end-of-the-book essay, “How I Started Writing Poetry,” is so revealing  ...

The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen’s strength as a fiction writer lies in his micromanagement of characterization. It’s no oxymoron to call The Corrections a large-scale intimate portrait of an American family. By burrowing deep inside the bruised middle-class psyches of Alfred and  ...

The Quarrymen – Hunter Davies

The Quarrymen attempts an unusual experiment. It’s a music book about men who never were serious musicians – a rock history about men who never became rock stars – a footnote in pop history which stayed just that. Its  ...

Come What May – Paula West

Our review of Paula West at the Plush Room Jazz vocal is an artistic pathway littered with potential pitfalls. If a singer doesn’t wander off into pointless, pretentious scatting a la Betty Carter, she  ...

Nuggets

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 [Box Set] Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond [Box Set] In 1972, rock and roll was limping towards its nadir. The radical ambitions that  ...