PositiveLibrary JournalThroughout Kaye draws from insider knowledge, crafting a fluent, attention-grabbing narrative and offering autobiographical asides about listening to 45s in grade school and becoming a true history maker himself. A copious biblio-discography, including classic and contemporary citations, adds value ... Kaye’s felicitous turns of phrase and ability to humanize his subject paint vivid pictures of each venue and its denizens; readers of any vintage will appreciate the chance to either relive these musical moments or experience them for the first time.
MixedLibrary JournalAlthough Spitz can spin a good yarn and keep readers engaged, this book is far too long: it spends inordinate amounts of time on many long-forgotten musicians and chronicling the minutiae of practically every week of the band’s whirlwind decade, and Spitz appears to revel in debauchery and excess for their own sake ... For Led Zeppelin completists only.
RaveLibrary JournalThough Balanchine’s works and influence have been well documented, the male perspective has been somewhat lacking, and Clifford is to be commended for this sparkling read, an appreciative yet clear-eyed tribute to his mentor and a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of ballet.
RaveLibrary Journal... [an] intimate, riveting memoir ... Accounts of her struggles with addiction, her violent home life, and the realization that she was a lesbian are cleverly interwoven with a series of flashbacks to her teenage years. Gauthier writes with a light, ironic touch, and sprinkles quotes from a variety of esteemed folk and pop/rock musicians throughout, to good effect ... This emotional narrative will leave readers spent, but rooting for Gauthier to prevail. Her lyrics dig deeply into the human condition, and her explanations leave little room for complacency.
RaveLibrary JournalScottish polymath Momus...has an uncanny ear for the cadence of a particular author ... Although it is sometimes challenging to locate actual events within each selection (capital N\'s help), the writing is so delightfully witty and truly captures the essence of its tribute that this is of little import ... Showing a prodigious awareness of the sweep of centuries of culture, this is an admirable conceit finely executed. It will have great appeal to anyone interested in new modes of autobiography as well as Anglophiles and devotees of Momus\'s musical, literary, and artistic talents.
PositiveLibrary JournalTreating protest songs thematically, journalist Sullivan...provides rich context for both well-known and more obscure musical contributions to the American experience, from the Civil War to the present, thus exceeding the boundaries of the subtitle ... Sullivan\'s fluid prose and attention to detail serve him admirably in this engaging title, which should awaken nostalgia in those of a certain age and introduce new generations to these musical catalysts for social change