Jul 06, 2012 Books Issue #41 - Yeasayer

Electrical Banana is an exploration of psychedelic art of the 1960s. Its focus, however, is not on hippie culture and the West Coast California scene. Instead, Hathaway and Nadel hone in on international psychedelic artists that made a mark with their work. More

Jul 03, 2012 Books Issue #41 - Yeasayer

The fact that Sweden has a particularly fertile indie pop community is no secret. For much of the 2000s, this music has been thriving internationally. But the way that French photographer Julien Bourgeois handles his examination of the "scene" is uniquely revealing.  More

Shadows in Flight

Published by TOR

Feb 29, 2012 Books Web Exclusive

Once upon a time there was a boy name Bean who saved the world from destruction both alien and human, helped install a one world power and fathered a brood of children with his best friend Petra, all before the age of eighteen. Not a bad resume. That is, if the Bean of previous Shadow books had anything in common with the passive giant in Shadows in Flight. More

Jan 16, 2012 Books Web Exclusive

Sybil Exposed is a fascinating examination of the truth behind the subject of the 1973 bestseller Sybil and the "multiple personality" case that revolutionized the psychotherapy industry and the study of psychology. More

Jan 10, 2012 Books Web Exclusive

Nick Attfield's book doesn't just cover Dinosaur Jr.'s 1987 full-length, You're Living All Over Me. The adroit author also touches on the Deep Wound era and the reunion tours after Beyond and FarmMore

Dec 20, 2011 Books Web Exclusive

Patell's got all that pedigree, yet his sloppy entry on The Rolling Stones' 14th British and 16th American studio album album is riddled with factual errors and even a few typos. More

Dave Thompson

Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story

Published by (Chicago Review Press)

Sep 06, 2011 Books Web Exclusive

Publishing this biography only a year after Patti Smith's brilliant memoir Just Kids was either a good or bad idea: Dancing Barefoot could appeal to fans of Smith's book or simply pale in comparison. More

Aug 05, 2011 Books Web Exclusive

Singer/songwriter-thespian-playwright Tom Waits is the definition of idiosyncratic. Over the course of his 40-years career his personal life remained largely hidden from the press and his loyal fans. This book—haphazardly edited by Paul Maher (Jack Kerouac's American Journey)—compiles about 50 interviews with the experimental artist.  More

Sarah Vowell

Unfamiliar Fishes

Published by Riverhead

May 03, 2011 Books Web Exclusive

In her continuing quest to make American history accessible to us non-scholars, Sarah Vowell has explored the lives of assassinated presidents and wild puritans. More