PositiveBooklist... a sober, well-researched and -documented account of the life and times of the Delta-born Robert Johnson, whose 29 sides, recorded in the 1930s, still resonate today.
John F Ross
PositiveBooklistRoss makes vivid Powell’s adventures, drawing on journals and contemporary accounts, even capturing the drama of vicious battles among scientists vying for federal funds, including Powell’s clashes with senators and bureaucrats, in this fascinating portrait.
RaveBooklistBased on extensive interviews with Simon and many others, Hilburn (Johnny Cash, 2013) has assembled a thorough and engrossing account of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who broke up a successful partnership and triumphed as a solo act. Hilburn delves into Simon’s youth in Queens, his many loves (including Carrie Fisher and Edie Brickell), and philanthropy. He also closely examines Simon’s approach to making music including his revisions, experiments in the studio, and worldwide search for interesting sounds.
RaveBooklistTracking popular music from New Orleans’ Congo Square through the blues queens, early rockers like Elvis and (of course) Little Richard, on through the sixties of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, and all the way to Madonna, Michael, Prince, and Beyoncé, Powers reveals an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and insight and has produced an absolutely essential addition to any pop-culture collection.
PositiveBooklistUllman maintains a healthy skepticism regarding the notion that technology will cure all that ails us ... she brilliantly questions the computer’s capacity for sentience.