RaveLibrary JournalIt’s always cause for rejoicing when New Yorker music critic Ross publishes a book, and this latest is on a scale worthy of the composer of the Ring of the Nibelung. Ross makes the case that the work and influence of German composer Richard Wagner (1813–83) is key to understanding the art and politics of the last 150 years, and he does so with the sweep and scope of a Wagner overture ... It’s a tribute to the thoughtful and accessible Ross that his conclusions seem both valid and inevitable ... With this multifaceted jewel of a book, Ross has produced a monumental study of Wagner’s legacy. Eighteen out of 18 anvils.
PositiveLibrary JournalEven with limited secondary sources to rely on, Sewell has written a long-overdue scholarly work that sheds light on Carlos’s creative process while never sensationalizing her private life ... Sewell’s nuanced biography of an overlooked composer is our best look yet at this groundbreaking artist, and a reminder that art can and should speak for itself.
PositiveLibrary JournalKatz provides a cursory history of previous cultural exchanges and an in-depth analysis of the challenges and rewards of expanding that work today ... An inspiring study of U.S. efforts to bridge cultures and collaborate around the globe, and a reminder of the power of art to unite us.
Michael Eric Dyson
RaveLibrary JournalDyson’s...laudatory biography places Jay-Z at the center of our cultural, social, and political times. The author’s effusiveness comes through on every page, which—in lesser hands—would make this title one long fan letter, but it’s a tribute to Dyson’s prowess that he so effectively gives dimension and relevant context to each thoughtful interpretation of the artist’s work, while his always fascinating tangents add depth. Under Dyson’s guidance, to read about Jay-Z is to learn not just about the journey and works but also about ourselves, our history, our world, and our way forward ... This is more than a hip-hop bio; Dyson is giving us something larger, and we are sitting in a classroom under the spell of a captivating teacher.
Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
RaveLibrary Journal... riveting ... The anecdotes are nonstop, and the conversational narrative has the feel of one long Vaughan solo. Dig out those recordings. You’ll want to hear them all again as you read the stories behind the songs and performances ... Vaughan deserved this book, and, as it should, the content will stay with readers long after the last note has sounded ... It’s been 29 years since Vaughan’s passing; this is the book fans have been waiting for.