Burn, Baby! Burn! The Autobiography of Magnificent Montague

  As you might expect given the Wilson Pickett biography I am researching, I am currently plowing my way through dozens of other hopefully relevant books, many of which deal...
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08book"One Summer" by Bill Bryson.

Book Review: One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson

PREMISE: Populist author takes readers on a journey across the American landscape at the peak of the Roaring Twenties.   PROMISE: “There are two kinds of readers: those who love...
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Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

PREMISE: An accounting of the monumental Memphis record label that exemplified soul music for black and white alike. PROMISE: “The Stax story has been told in bits and pieces in...
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Hull: City of (Literary) Culture

While staying in Yorkshire last November, I ventured into Hull one evening to attend a reading. It was being promoted by the same great people at Head In A Book...
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Paul Hanley, Si Wolstencroft, Dave Simpson and Steve Hanley discuss The Fall.

Louder Than Words: Telling Stories

Between November 15 and 17, I participated in the inaugural Louder Than Words festival in Manchester. An outgrowth of the popular website Louder Than War, the Festival billed itself as...
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Morrissey Autobiography, Published by Penguin Classics. In the UK only.

Autobiography by Morrissey: A Full Review

Morrissey’s Autobiography largely lives up to the reputation of its author – sometimes for better, often for worse. “Naturally my birth almost kills my mother, for my head is too...
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An unimaginative cover for a book that is full of the stuff.

Book Review: Run Wild by Boff Whalley

PREMISE: Chumbawamba guitarist hits 50, takes a year’s sabbatical in America to write a memoir about his love of “wild running” – and uses his observations of the 2010 New...
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Name your fave rock bio – and why: competition winners

So, to the winner of my competition, where I asked you to name your fave rock bio and state why, in less than 50 words, and win a signed copy...
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