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The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal
liked it
Kind of long and tedious. Also badly written. But even though it took me forever to read it, I was kind of fascinated by the characters who surrounded ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 30, 2009
liked it
By comparing Powers to the Melville of Moby Dick, Margaret Atwood almost caused me to skip this book, because Moby Dick is unreadable. Orfeo was reada ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry
really liked it
What a great idea. Everyone who listens to these two great bands raises the issue of who is greater, the Beatles or the Stones. Jim and Greg give a ba ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
Bob Dylan in America
it was ok
Not readable, but I couldn't bring myself to give this its only one star rating because the author appears to have worked so hard. There are distinct ...more
Oct 05, 2010
Oct 05, 2010
American Idol: The Untold Story
did not like it
On first impression, this account of the first 9 years of American Idol (although there is hardly anything about year 9)appears to be well informed be ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
liked it
Disappointing. I wanted a definitive answer to the compelling question of why other people (not me of course) have such bad taste. As a music critic, ...more
Jul 13, 2014
May 09, 2014
Out of the Vinyl Deeps: On Rock Music
it was ok
I'm surprised that Ellen Willis could get her head out of her ass long enough to write these essays.

Actually she's not all bad; she's a fan of some o
Oct 19, 2011
May 13, 2011
Puttin' On the Ritz: Fred Astaire and the Fine Art of Panache, A Biography
it was ok
Exhastively detailed recounting of every film, vaudeville act, and tv program made by Fred Astaire. Written in a plodding, pedestrian style. For all i ...more
Aug 07, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
it was ok
Disappointed. Except for the sophomoric criticism of corporate America, I liked and admired Wayne's first novel, Kapitoil. Wayne made his first person ...more
Apr 02, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz
really liked it
Although this is a work of near genius, I got tired of it. Geoff is a famous genre-masher. Here he mashes together biography, fiction, and music criti ...more
Mar 26, 2015
Jul 19, 2012
The Mayor of MacDougal Street
liked it
I've been a Van Ronk fan, although I haven't listened to him in a long time. His co-writer has produced, through Dave's reminiscences, a valuable hist ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña
really liked it
The lives and times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina. Almost as gripping as a novel, but Hajdu does not love his characte ...more
Dec 2006
Apr 03, 2009
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