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  ...

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),  ...

A Room with a View – Noel Coward

Noel Coward is best remembered today for his plays - Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living among others. However, he was also a prolific composer of operetta (Bitter Sweet) and material for revues. A prolific songwriter who wrote  ...

Abel Ferrara: The King of New York – Nick Johnstone

When highbrow pundits, scholars and the thoroughly misguided AFI listmakers inevitably catalogue the "final word" on great American filmmakers, it wouldn't be surprising if Abel Ferrara's name was mistakenly left off the roster. The missing link between cinema's art  ...