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Book Review: Rev. Keith A. Gordon — Broken Record

One of my favorite lines of dialogue comes from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It: “Sell when you can; you are not for all markets.” Though the line is delivered with sarcasm, it’s as apropos today as it was 400-plus years ago. It provides a useful guide to creative types, too: not everything you do

Book Review: Anthony DeCurtis — Lou Reed: A Life

There have been a number of books written about Lou Reed and/or the Velvet Underground. Victor Bockris’ Transformer: The Lou Reed story hit shelves nearly a quarter century ago, at a time when Reed’s creative renaissance hadn’t yet fully flowered. And although Bockris recent published an updated version of his bio, unless he rewrote the

Book Review: Richard Macphail — My Book of Genesis

I really enjoy reading behind-the-scenes and/or personal memoirs about the different corners of the music world. While reading autobiographies by big names has its rewards, I tend to find greater pleasure in the stories as told by those close to those figures as opposed to books authored by the “stars” themselves. I find that just

Book Review: Michael Bruce — No More Mister Nice Guy

Once upon a time, Alice Cooper was a group, not a singer and showman. The original Alice Cooper group started out its professional recording career on Frank Zappa and Herb Cohen’s Bizarre/Straight label, and as the band refined its approach and joined forces with producer Bob Ezrin, Alice Cooper (the band) prospered creatively and commercially

Billy Edd Wheeler: The Fire Ain’t Gone Out

Billy Edd Wheeler is a West Virginia-born American troubadour, an important part of the Appalachian storytelling tradition. He’s written songs made famous by Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and Richie Havens, but songwriting is only part of the man’s impressive body of work. The latest from the pen of the prolific Wheeler – a pillar of

Now Available: ‘Reinventing Pink Floyd’

Today is the official publishing date of my first book. I’m incredibly pleased. This day has been a long time coming. I’ve known since I was a pre-teen that I wanted to be a music journalist when I “grew up.” I’ve been writing professionally for quite a long time now, and I’ve been a full-time

Book Reviews for the End of 2017

With so much of 2017 spent writing a book of my own, I’ve found less time than usual to read the works of other authors. Happily, three titles that I did read were all superb. Here’s a quick close-to-end-of-year rundown. Women of Motown: An Oral History by Susan Whitall Seeing Whitall’s name on this book

Book Review: Richard Lloyd – ‘Everything is Combustible’

Discorporate and We’ll Begin. Everything is Combustible is not your run-of-the-mill rock memoir. But then Richard Lloyd is nobody’s idea of a run-of-the-mill rock musician. As a founding member and leading light of Television, Lloyd was at the front edge of New York City’s music scene in the late 1970s. And Everything is Combustible addresses

A Pink Floyd Anniversary

I first discovered the music of Pink Floyd in the mid 1970s. The Dark Side of the Moon had already been out a few years, and Wish You Were Here had been released, too. Animals hadn’t yet come out, so this would have been 1976. I was 11 or 12 years old, and the music

Book Reviews: Two by Rev. Keith A. Gordon

Today I present a special Saturday blog post. — bk And I thought I was prolific! One of the leading lights among my music journo brethren has released yet another – actually, two – book in his ongoing series of criticism/review collections. With astounding regularity, in recent years the Right Reverend Keith A Gordon has