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Category Archives: Music

Reactions to What You Want is in the Limo by Michael Walker

15-Jul-17

What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born by Michael Walker My rating: 2 of 5 stars Charming and seemingly well-researched accounts of three roughly contemporaneous albums and tours by Led […]

Reactions to Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery by Martha Conway

23-Oct-16

Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery by Martha Conway My rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite an enjoyable novel – full of believable period detail without being overbearing about it. Generally a dark story about difficult characters in troubled times, but never so grim that it becomes oppressive. Main themes are of sisterhood and race, explored […]

Reactions to Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar by Ralph Gibson and Andy Summers

02-Jul-16

Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar by Ralph Gibson My rating: 2 of 5 stars Inessential. There’s no doubting the collaborators’ passion for the guitar, and I’m impressed by Andy Summers’ knowledge of the musical and technological history of the instrument. But a large proportion of the photographs are uninteresting – the sort of “art” […]

Reactions to Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler by Oliver Hilmes

07-Feb-16

Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler by Oliver Hilmes My rating: 2 of 5 stars Hilmes’ biography should probably not be one’s starting place to get to know Alma Mahler Werfel (as it was mine). While his primary research bona fides are compelling – he goes to great pains to describe just how much […]

Francis Vanek Trio playing for the early dinner seating in the Sequoia Room at North Coast Brewing in Ft. Bragg.

07-Nov-15

Reactions to One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul

10-Apr-15

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul My rating: 4 of 5 stars Absolutely required reading for the Allman Brothers fan. Well-curated, very balanced compilation of quotations from participants – including all band members – reflecting their view of the history and especially the essence of the Allman […]