book Archive

Book Review: Zip it Up! The Best of Trouser Press

Trouser Press looms large in my life. As a teen, I consumed as much music journalism writing – features, interviews, reviews — as possible. By that point I had long […]

Book Excerpt: The Red Rockers’ ‘Condition Red’

As a companion to my previous post – a three-part feature on The Red Rockers’ debut album – here’s an excerpt from my second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records […]

Book Review: They Said It

There was a time when daily newspapers had reporters covering the “entertainment beat.” Hell, I remember a time when concerts got reviewed in the paper. Those days are mostly gone, […]

Book Review: All Over the Place

The Rise of The Bangles from the L.A. Underground For a time, The Bangles were ubiquitous. The all-woman foursome from Los Angeles earned the right to be all over the […]

Book Review: Punk Under the Sun

Who knew? Years before gaining a prominent spot in popular culture by becoming filmmakers’ go-to actor when you need to cast a character who dresses and acts weird (and not […]

Book Review: Pull Down the Shades

From the perspective of a North American alt-rock fan of the 1980s, there was a general sense that some interesting things were happening musically Down Under. At the highest level, […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2023: Books

From my perspective, 2023 has been another great year for books about music. It wasn’t easy limiting my selections of the year’s favorites to just four, but these titles all […]

Book Review: ‘Nuggets Redux’ by Rev. Keith A. Gordon

At the time of its release, few recognized the significance of the Nuggets 2LP compilation. To be sure, both Elektra head Jac Holzman (who commissioned the project) and Lenny Kaye […]

Book Review: The White Label Promo Preservation Society Vol. 2

When the first volume of The White Label Promo Preservation Society was published in 2021, the world gained a valuable resource: a passel of knowledgeable and engaging writers shared their […]

Video: My Conversation with David Menconi

On Friday evening, I had the pleasure of engaging David Menconi in conversation, for a livestream event in connection with his latest book, Oh, Didn’t they Ramble. The one-hour stream […]