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The Recording Life of Adrian Kerridge

Adrian Kerridge is an obscure English producer, hardly known outside of Great Britain despite his six decades of recording, arranging and producing rock & roll television scores and movies. Kerridge has fashioned 14 chapters from 319 pages of his remembrances of the music industry, beginning when he first hit pay dirt in 1954, working as a young lad at IBC studios.

03rd August, 2017 | 0 Comments

An autobiographical Riiff by Michael Nesmith

The book opens in the late 1980’s with Nesmith having lunch with Timothy Leary. During lunch they talked about priorities and motivation. Nesmith asked Leary how old he’d been when he started thinking about the order of life’s big questions. Early high school, Leary said. Next question: What was the hierarchy? What was your quest, the most important thing to you? Leary’s response: The same thing that is most important to everyone in their teens – “what do you think of me.”

22nd June, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Michael Streissguth

The author of this definitive tome is a long time chronicler of all things country. He authored books on Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold. But his focus has been on Johnny Cash. He authored Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece. He is also the editor of Ring of Fire; The Johnny Cash Reader. This time around the author digs deep and comes up with gold, 18 chapters over 290 pages. He also includes a Notes section, an Index section and a Bibliography. No stone is left unturned.

03rd September, 2015 | 0 Comments

Books in Review

I must admit that I’ve lost my thrill for all things Beatles. With Lennon and Harrison gone, the soul of the Beatles seems a bit tarnished, diffused by Paul McCartney’s attempt to be relevant, singing (horribly) at the Grammys, collaborating with Kanye West, and insisting that Kanye is a genius - WTF.

26th March, 2015 | 0 Comments

As Dave Marsh recounts Louie Louie began as an innocent sea shanty about a lovesick Jamaican Sailor. It was authored by Richard Berry in 1956 and it was raised to glory status by Rockin’ Robin Roberts, Seattle’s resident Wildman. The Wailers would pack the house, 2000 strong. They would play in hamburger stand parking lots and on rooftops of drive-in theater concession stands. Just kids in hot cars drinking beer and going out to dances. It was a magic time. In the summer of 1957, Richard Berry’s Louie Louie was all the rage.

05th February, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ken Emerson fashioned an incredible family portrait of fourteen songsmiths of that bygone era of the fifties and sixties. The music was all encompassing as Tin Pan Alley shifted and changed with the times. Incredible craft and no small amount of competitive spirit merged with Baion Beats, augmented chords, polyrhythms and nonsense syllables just for fun.

05th February, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Peter Ames Carlin

I bought this book when it was published in 2009, but didn’t get around to reading it until five years later. I don’t know what got in the way. I had consumed several Beatles books from Bob Spitz’s biblical volume to the Love You Make by Derek Taylor, Phillip Norman’s Shout and Hunter Davies 2nd revised edition of The Beatles. I was decided to explore Carlin’s book to get a deeper understanding of why my favorite Beatle was becoming less intriguing to me, especially with the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison.

15th January, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Epic History Of The Record Industry By Gareth Murphy

This book is a definitive expose of the evolution of recorded music. It clocks in at a lugubrious 357 pages with an additional 21 pages that include knockout bibliography and Index sections. Murphy has done his research well, never skimping or missing a beat with an incredible knack of narrative prose that keeps the reader on the edge of his seat.

15th January, 2015 | 0 Comments

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