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The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
This one vacillates between a 3 and a 4. When Ross talks about listening to the 20th century - he mean the WHOLE thing. Everything from Strauss to the ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 07, 2008
Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson
I don't think I would have wanted this lady to be my piano teacher. I think she honestly tried to have an open mind about different types of music, bu ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 19, 2013
Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen
This is a decent book. The writing at times is atrocious at times, but there is still something about it that will pull you in.

I had a trememdously ha
Mar 2011
Mar 07, 2011
Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour, #1)
I liked this one - it was a nice relaxing read. It had some pacing issues, and the ex-husband story line was completely worthless, but I did enjoy the ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Leonard Bernstein at Work: His Final Years, 1984-1990
Never thought I'd want to peruse a photo-restrospective of Leonard Bernstein's final years, but I'm glad I did. The man was a monster in the world of ...more
Nov 2010
Oct 29, 2010
The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824
Decent read. Author tended to meander a little bit through his subjects and he got a little bogged down in all the talk about royalty and patronage in ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 05, 2010
The Black Violin
This book is short and forgettable.
Jan 2005
Sep 20, 2007
Mr. Langshaw's Square Piano: The Story of the First Pianos and How They Caused a Cultural Revolution
Blah...blah...blah. This one started out with so much promise, but then the author decided to share every detail about everyone who ever had anything ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 03, 2010
Dinner with Lenny: The Last Long Interview with Leonard Bernstein
The more I read about him, the more I like Leonard Bernstein. Sure, he was a crotchety old man by the end, but the dude was smart. Seriously, he knew ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 02, 2012
Sinners at the Altar (Sinners on Tour, #6)
I'm glad Olivia Cunning went back for more Sinners, b/c these guys are hot and fun. I'm a little sad that there was no music in these - they were all ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 25, 2014
The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places
I liked this one. It was something I hadn't really spent much time thinking about. The author has a cool job, but I'm pretty sure I'm not patient enou ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 20, 2012
And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
Does anyone remember how cheesy country music was? That's the kind of country music that's in this book. I used to work in the music industry in Nashv ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 22, 2014
Exile (Exile, #1)
Maybe its because I'm reading other rock band books, but I kinda liked this one. The only thing that makes me mad is that it's not a stand alone. I ju ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews
This book was good, not because I'm such a big fan of Coltrane (because I'm not really), but because I loved how insightful and spiritual he was about ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music
I thought that overall, this book was very good. The anecdotes about Wilco, and Death Cab, and Price, etc. were accurate and fact based. Good industry ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 23, 2010
Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970
This was a pretty good read. Think the Kevin Bacon game, but on crack. I thought The Beatles sections were a little weak - nothing new here. It was ki ...more
Aug 2011
Jul 26, 2011
Deutsche Grammophon: State of the Art: 1898 - Present. Celebrating Over a Century of Musical Excellence
Pretty nice scrapbook of DG's life up til now. A little annoying that sometimes the pictures interrupted the text and you had to go 5 or six pages to ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 02, 2011
The Triumph of Music: The Rise of Composers, Musicians and Their Art
Pretty good book if your looking for a broad overview of a wide range of topics. Thought the nationalism section at the back got a little "He said, Sh ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 21, 2009
Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein
This was a REALLY good book. It is written for 9-12 year olds, but I couldn't put it down once I started and I'm a WEE bit older. Also, good pictures ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 09, 2011
Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time
I liked this one. The writing got a little weak in places, but it was definitely a fun book to explore. The author's playlists at the end of every cha ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 02, 2014
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
The first half of this book was very dry and hard to get into. Plus, with me being a pseudo-hypochondriac anyway, reading about all these brain proble ...more
Mar 2008
Nov 13, 2007
Five Flavors of Dumb
I liked this one a lot more than I thought. I liked Piper. I thought she was rowdy and yet responsible. Also, interesting to the think about music fro ...more
Mar 2014
Mar 17, 2014
The Interestings
I liked the idea of this one, more than I liked the actual book. It got a little long and rambly in places and sometimes the story line took a depress ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 10, 2013
The Savvy Musician
Pretty good book. A little basic at times and kinda choppy to read, but the info included is good. I liked the little vignettes about the successful m ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 10, 2010
Best Music Writing 2010
There are a few essays in here I really liked - "The Gossip Take Paris," the Ozomatli in Burma one, and even the one about Merle Haggard, even though ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 10, 2010
Karajan: The Master's Style
Pretty pictures, but not a lot of depth. What was the point and why should I care about this?
Feb 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Adele: The Biography
Pretty good read. Little light on the primary sources, but still well-documented.
Jul 2012
Jul 10, 2012
The Story of Island Records: Keep on Running
Pretty cool book for the most part. Some layout issues - the text didn't always match the pics and some pics weren't labeled. Other than that, mostly ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 22, 2010
Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney
Good good good read! The last 50 pages or so kinda drug, but that was mostly b/c I didn't want to read about Heather Mills anyway. When I first found ...more
Dec 2010
Sep 17, 2010
Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist
I learned two things from this book: 1) what the middle peddle does and 2) this author is conceited. I've only kinda heard of him, but i'm not complet ...more
Apr 2014
Sep 09, 2010
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