Books

Book Review: RUNNING THE LONG PATH by KENNETH A. POSNER

PREMISE Author sets out to run, in a record nine days, the 350-mile Long Path trail, which just about connects New York City to Albany.   PROMISE “The story of...
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Book Review: LIVING FOR KICKS by Jim McCarthy and Kevin Cross

PREMISE A graphic novel set in the early days of modernist London and beyond, 1962-64.   PROMISE “The mod scene was the first time working class youth had a voice,”...
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Book Review: SICK ON YOU by ANDREW MATHESON

  PREMISE “The disastrous story of Britain’s great lost punk band,” ran the hardback edition cover tag. “The greatest band you’ve never heard of,” qualified the paperback edition. We’re talking...
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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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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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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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