Category Archives: Now Reading

Revolution in the Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties

Author: Ian Macdonald (1994) A book to keep you company for the rest of your life. Even if you don’t always agree with the late great Ian MacDonald’s (The People’s Music) assessments of the Beatles’ songs (I thought paperbak classic When … Continue reading

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All the Songs

Author: Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon, Preface by Patti Smith (2013) Every album and every song ever released by the Beatles—from “Please Please Me” (U.S. 1963) to “The Long and Winding Road” (U.S. 1970)—is dissected, discussed, and analyzed by two music historians in this … Continue reading

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Inherent Vice

Author: Thomas Pynchon (2009) Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon- private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with … Continue reading

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The Republic of Wine

Author: Mo Yan (1992) When special investigator Ding Gou’er hears persistent rumors that there is cannibalism in the province called the Republic of Wine, he goes to learn the truth. Beginning at the Mount Luo Coal Mine, he meets Diamond … Continue reading

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Sound Man

Author: Glyn Johns (2014) A memoir of a remarkable rock-and-roll career from Glyn Johns, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer and sound engineer whose resumé includes work with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Who, the … Continue reading

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Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

Author: Ken Scott (2012) Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust shares the intimate memories of Ken Scott’s days working as engineer and producer with some of the most important artists of the 20th century. Ken’s work has left an indelible mark on rock … Continue reading

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The Last Child

Author: John Hart (2009) Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from … Continue reading

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Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s

Author: Tom Doyle (2013) The most famous living rock musician on the planet, Paul McCartney is now regarded as a slightly cosy figure, an (inter)national treasure. Back in the 1970s, however, McCartney cut a very different figure. He was, literally, … Continue reading

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The Double

Author: Jose Saramago (2005) Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher. To lift his spirits, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed. But during the night, when his is awakened by a noise, he goes … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – The Band and America

Author: Barney Hoskyns (2003) The most rewarding music biographies are always those which express a passionate interest in the subject matter. Barney Hoskyns’s portrait of the original alt-country pioneers the Band is one such. When all their contemporaries were heading … Continue reading

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