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Alex Ross

Listen to This

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux

Dec 20, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Adroit New Yorker critic Alex Ross continues to stand atop the eroding wall between classical and popular song, but the two genres remain quite distinct. Classical aficionados commonly prefer the symphony hall, and consider recorded music an added creature comfort. The opposite is usually true for the pop world. More

Dec 01, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

This collection of Herb Wise's photographs from the '60s and '70s is filled with loose, affecting portraits that bring out the true worth of the music that's at the heart and soul of those pictured. More

Oct 11, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Michael Heatley's examination of famed rock muses, while not extensive or exhaustive, is an interesting exploration for the layperson into the subjects of some of the most recognizable songs-about-girls. More

Sep 28, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Little Girl Blue is the tragic story of Karen Carpenter's life, showing the heartache behind the wholesome, loving songs. More

Aug 25, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Rich Bozzett, tour manager for Bon Jovi through the early days, recounts the rise of hair metal popsters Bon Jovi in all its sleazy glory.  More

Todd Oldham

Joan Jett

Published by AMMO

Aug 09, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Its release coinciding with the recent Runaways movie starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, Joan Jett provides a vivid visual history and as-told-to autobiography of the woman who opened so many doors for female rock musicians since the 1970s.  More

Aug 06, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Pierre Bernard was many things: a yoga enthusiast who introduced the practice to the Western world, an entrepreneur extraordinaire, a healer, a liar, and an avid animal trainer. More

Jun 15, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

As a music critic, I don't find Jason Hartley's Advanced Genius Theory intimidating or insulting. I need to get that out of the way, because that seems to be one of the primary defenses of the theory. More

Apr 23, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Depending on how quickly neurons begin firing when one hears the term "Krautrock," the genre of experimental music that germinated and gestated in Germany from the late '60s through the '70s may mean little other than a reference to Kraftwerk and Can. More