by William McKeenA thorough (640 pages) compilation of great music writing, from interviews and tributes to memoirs and exposés.It's these last types of pieces that are the most interesting —- rather unflattering revelations about opportunists like Courtney Love and Sheryl Crow show what some will do for fame, while Bill Graham's warts and all remembrance of Woodstock keeps the memory alive and Ronnie Spector's portrayal of the insane, insecure Phil Spector brings an over-rated legend down a peg.Even the fiction, like the excerpt from The Commitments, or Don DeLillo's take on how fame can break a man, is informative.Other pieces, like Patti Smith's "poem," Lester Bangs' absurdist "criticism," or J.R, Young's irrelevant story "reviews" of albums, aren't so important, but in a tome this size, they can't all be gems.A fantastic collection.
|Title||Rock and Roll is Here to Stay|
|eBook format||Hardcover, (torrent)|
|Publisher||W. W. Norton & Company|
|File size||1.5 Mb|
|Book rating||4.03 (37 votes)