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Ronen Kauffman | New Brunswick, New Jersey, Goodbye (Hopeless/Sub City)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 09 September 2007 07:53

book_newjerseyI'm a sucker for the well-written, well-told rock 'n' roll tale, and in terms of writing, style, progression, and humor, this book had me from page one.








In a Frozen Sea | A Year With Sigur Rós (Artist in Residence)

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Written by Glen Elkins Sunday, 24 June 2007 13:13

book_sigurrosThe images play to Sigur Rós' strengths, combining the natural awe of Iceland's landscapes with the powerful and sometimes playful concert photographs (such as a little girl clinging to Jon Por Birgisson's leg as he bows his guitar).






John Kenneth Muir | The Rock & Roll Film Encyclopedia

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Written by Jason Neubauer Sunday, 24 June 2007 13:04

book_rnrfilmFrom ABBA: The Movie to Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, this collection of short filmographies is a well-organized reference for lovers of music as well as film. As an inclusive collection of some of the greatest and most embarrassing moments in rock film history, the volume stands as a catalogue of intriguing footnotes to pop culture.






Heidi Swanson | Super Natural Cooking

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Monday, 18 June 2007 17:00

swanson2Swanson's approach is more global, more healthy, and more what is better for you both physically and spiritually. Knowing that we are still a thoroughly entrenched fast-food nation, Swanson guides us through the process of incorporating whole and natural ingredients into our cooking.




Jerry Naylor and Steve Halliday | The Rockabilly Legends

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Written by Jason Neubauer Monday, 09 April 2007 14:31

book_rockabillyOut of the American South in the early 1950s came a synergy that would shape the culture of music forever. The Rockabilly Legends is a firsthand account of its formation and some of the celebrated names that provided the catalyst of its growth.





Kevin Shay | The End As I Know It (Doubleday)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 13:51

endOur hero, Randall, is pathetic in the literary sense. We all know better. Every action is tinged with this awkwardness as we see him flail as an effigy of ourselves just seven years ago.







Mark Polizzotti | Highway 61 Revisited (Continuum)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 13:47

highwayMembers of the Dylan cult desire revelation, commandments brought down from the mountain. Until then, another book will have to stand in.





Lisa Unger | Beautiful Lies

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Written by Maria Krizst Thursday, 01 February 2007 02:51

book_ungerLies. Deception. Secrets. Confusion. Suspense. All of these play a big part in Beautiful Lies as Ridley Jones, a freelance writer living in New York's East Village, finds out that her life isn't what she thought it was.





Alex Kapranos | Sound Bites: Eating on Tour With Franz Ferdinand (Penquin)

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007 16:01

soundbitesHonestly, having met hundreds of bands, it is hard to find more than a very few interested in much more than the cheapest food available. Kapranos and his mates readily admit to eating the usual bad band-on-the-road food, but they also appear to take advantage of their touring and search out the unusual and unique.





33 1/3 Greatest Hits, Volume One (Continuum)

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007 15:17

33The books' strengths come from authorship. Many of the writers are people who live the lives of musicians and aspire to be the subject of one of these books.








Cheree Berry | Hoorah for the Bra

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Tuesday, 28 November 2006 00:53

Hoorah for the Bra is a celebration of the evolution of mammalian comfort and flirting possibilities for girls and women.


The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. I

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Tuesday, 14 November 2006 17:00

There’s opinion, ego, wit, insight, personality, history, and, as any Paris Review reader would expect, page after page about the craft of writing itself.



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