Talking Heads, Chris Frantz’s book and the New Wave era

The Talking Heads were one of the biggest and most influential musical groups from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, essentially a decade of mostly innovating and provocative music. Once again, we get into labeling issues because this band mixed several genres and infused their own style. Post-punk, New Wave, indie, world music – … More Talking Heads, Chris Frantz’s book and the New Wave era

Bono: Surrender, 40 Songs, One Story (book review)

Bono, much like Bruce Springsteen, can sell a ton of records and tour stadiums around the world, but is maligned by many for his views and activities. Is he just another rich, liberal rockstar whose solution is to throw other people’s money at countries that can’t solve their own problems? Bono is certainly an activist … More Bono: Surrender, 40 Songs, One Story (book review)

Paul Newman’s Memoir: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man (book review)

“This book came out of the struggle to try and explain it all to my kids. I want to leave some kind of record that sets things straight, pokes holes in the mythology that’s sprung up around me, destroys some of the legends, and keeps the piranhas off. Something that documents the time I was … More Paul Newman’s Memoir: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man (book review)

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: Matthew Perry (book review)

If you watched the recent Matthew Perry’s interview with Diane Sawyer, or others he did while promoting the Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (2022), you pretty much know the story. The interview is the small version of the train wreck, the book is the long, slow-motion derailment and repeated ordeal. Like most train … More Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: Matthew Perry (book review)

Brian Johnson: AC/DC

The Lives of Brian, a variation of the Monty Python film, Life of Brian, are the memoirs of AC/DC lead vocalist Brian Johnson. Truth be told, I’ve never been an AC/DC fan. Those screeching vocals were never my thing, yet, I admired their success. I started watching the television show that Johnson did, traveling around … More Brian Johnson: AC/DC

New Fiction by my Favorite Mystery Writers: Best Sellers Reviewed

Mystery is my favorite genre of fiction. Crime mysteries populate my night table, and occasionally my nightmares. Each year, my favorite authors publish new books, which makes autumn such a special time of the year. I’ll be sharing books I’ve just finished, and my thoughts, but I won’t be giving away any clues. I’m even … More New Fiction by my Favorite Mystery Writers: Best Sellers Reviewed