Book Reviews rss

Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011

Much like the subject matter it documents, Lizzy Goodman’s oral history of the New York Rock Scene is a smorgasbord of gossip that’s heavy on the dish and surprisingly devoid of any real sustenance.

Smoke, Snort, Swallow, Shoot: Legendary Binges, Lost Weekends, & Other Feats Of Rock & Roll Incoherence (Lesser Gods)

This collection of excerpts from notable and notorious rock and roll biographies and memoirs focuses on tales of excess and abuse from all corners of the music world.

The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince (Hachette Book Group)

A loving, intimate–yet respectfully guarded–peek into the life of Prince Rogers Nelson, as told by his ex-wife. It’s a beautiful yet tragic tale of love and loss that serves as a tribute to the man she loved.

South And West: From A Notebook (Knopf)

Writer Joan Didion’s latest work is a collection of notes from two unpublished essays from the 1970s, and contains an insightful, interesting, and compelling look at the South during a time of transition.

All The Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen To Be Famous Strangers

Essayist Alana Massey has taken on the task of comparing numerous aspects of women in pop culture, connecting them to the lives of young women and how the two intersect. All The Lives I Want is an excellent introduction to a wonderful new voice.

52 Books/52 Weeks: Chapter And Verse: New Order, Joy Division, And Me (Thomas Dunne Books)

Unlike former bandmate Peter Hook’s autobiographies, New Order frontman Bernard Sumner’s autobiography is terse, vague, and not particularly revelatory or insightful; it feels like a half-hearted retort to Hook’s book, a year before Substance appeared, creating for a dull read from someone capable of writing a much, much better book.

Substance: Inside New Order (Dey Street Books)

Peter Hook’s long-awaited final entry into his trilogy about his career is a hefty tome that is at times funny, angry, sad, and frustrating, but Substance is, ultimately, a love letter to the band that, for better or worse, made him the man he is.

Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol (Da Capo Press)

Lonely Boy is the gripping, harrowing, and at times utterly depressing story of the Sex Pistols’ hotshot guitarist, Steve Jones. It’s a tale of sex, drugs, and rock and roll–and not always in a good way.

52 Books/52 Weeks: Nico: In The Shadow Of The Moon Goddess

  Nico: In The Shadow Of The Moon Goddess Lutz Graf-Ulbrich Self-Released German singer Nico’s life story is one peppered with addiction, tragedy, darkness, and intensity. Her music is dark and beautiful; it is austere and immensely joyless. Keyboard player James Young, who performed with her in the final phases of her life, wasn’t a… Read More ›

52 Books/52 Weeks: Carly J. Hallman, A Farewell To Walmart

Millennial author reflects upon her life in “small town” Texas. Yet her work reveals more about her own prejudices and offers little insight into the culture she lambasts.