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  ...

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  ...

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 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  ...

John Cassavetes: Lifeworks – Tom Charity

"There ought to be more books about John Cassavettes", posits author Tom Charity at the outset of his own contribution to Cassavettian literature, John Cassavettes: Lifeworks. It's a rather odd way to start off a "critical biography" (Charity's words),  ...