RaveRolling StoneRevenge of the She-Punks is not a dry academic history—instead, it feels like an exhilarating conversation with the coolest aunt you never had, as she leaps from one passion to the next .. Goldman gives every chapter a Spotify playlist so you can listen along as you read — which is practically impossible not to do, since her excitement is so contagious ... Goldman moves far outside the usual American and British punk narratives ... Compared to most of the (many) writers who have chronicled the London ’77 punk explosion, Goldman is refreshingly free of scenester score-settling ... Revenge of the She Punks shows why this rebellious music survived. But even more importantly, it shows why it keeps turning on new fans today.
RaveRolling StoneOnce More We Saw Stars is a quietly heartbreaking memoir ... It would be totally understandable to fear this story might be too bleak to face—indeed, there would be something strange about not worrying about that. Yet it’s an intensely moving, life-affirming story about a young couple moving through the darkest depths of grief together ... Once More We Saw Stars gets brutally intimate about the details of grief and loss, with two shattered people improvising their own healing rituals ... in Greene’s masterful and compassionate hands, it becomes a love story.
RaveThe Boston GlobeAs Washington Post reporter Geoff Edgers tells the story in his fascinating chronicle Walk This Way, it’s more than a hit song; it’s a cultural collision between rap and rock, black and white, past and future ... Edgers treats this like a cultural detective yarn, doing valiant gumshoe work. He talked to everyone involved ... Edgers proves a master storyteller, rushing through the parallel narratives like a hip-hop DJ crossfading between turntables ... Walk This Way’ is also a study of team dynamics—the way prima donnas keep elbowing for a bigger slice of the credit[.]
Ryan H. Walsh
PositiveThe Rolling StoneRyan H. Walsh\'s new book Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 unearths the time and place behind the music. Morrison has always refused to explain the mysteries of Astral Weeks – as ornery as ever, the Celtic bard doesn\'t give his secrets away. But no matter how well you know him or his music, Astral Weeks is a book full of discoveries. In this fantastic chronicle, Van falls into a Boston underground scene full of outlandish characters ... the city is the real star of Walsh\'s tale – a town overflowing with students, music freaks, crackpot artists and aspiring messiahs.