...his narrative is focused on not eating what the rest of the crew is eating, not sleeping where others sleep...he waits in his cabin alone, wondering what the hell is going on. Dyer might as well be on a cruise ship, and he knows it.
In the end, none of these die-hard fans comes closer to finding the real Dylan, but they discover over and over just why Dylan’s music means so much to them.
In The People’s Platform, she meticulously details how work, education, and the public sphere have been eroded. Ideas, practices and tools of enlightenment, emancipation and opportunity are subverted even by people who profess those ideals. And the Internet is the linchpin, the Winnipeg-born documentarian asserts.
As Hoffman slowly unravels the mystery of the Rockefeller disappearance – explaining the history of cannibalism in the region...the book becomes a fascinating meditation on the way we look at people on the other side of the globe, at the commonalities but also the enormous differences.
Award-winning Columbia Univ. historian Schama...brings to bear his gift for synthesizing mountains of information into a well-crafted, accessible narrative in this impressive volume...Throughout, Schama offers cogent arguments for the credibility of numerous sources...
...it is not clear that he has looked closely at any Whistler paintings since that early class trip. He certainly does not bring the art into focus for the reader.
She is not the first to tell Pussy Riot’s story, as there’s no Iron Curtain to keep the West in the dark anymore. But she tells it more thoroughly, her anger at Russia’s “overwhelming mediocrity” scorching every page.
Conspicuously lacking chapter breaks, prefaced by a photo of a naked toddler in sunglasses...formatted willy-nilly...by turns intoxicating, indulgent, hilarious...and straight-up dull, Morrissey’s memoir earns its pithy title. For better, for worse, for nothing at all, Autobiography is a catalogue of everything “Morrissey,”...
Respect Yourself is not the first history of Stax...but Memphis-born Robert Gordon writes with infectious brio and devotion, drawing on a mass of interviews for what is an engrossing, sometimes salutary narrative. Ike Hayes's golden Cadillac remains a prime exhibit at the Stax History of Soul Music.
With thorough research, including rare access into the Kremlin’s dusty, permission-only archives, Merridale address...questions...to weave an insightful, fascinating tale.
Six hundred pages that, in telling the life of Fosse, seem hardly enough. And oh, it is amazingly well written.
Mr. Lewisohn is no stylist, alas, and there were more than a few times when "Tune In" tuned me out...Even so, Mark Lewisohn's epic volume, which takes us as far as the first, modest hit, "Love Me Do" of 1962, is still some kind of mad, phenomenal achievement on the long and winding road toward Book Two.
Mr Hilburn is especially good on Cash’s many rough patches, seeking neither to excuse nor condemn him for his wandering eye and his addictions. But those struggles humanised him—deepening both his renowned empathy with the downtrodden and his fans’ empathy with him.
...if you want a balanced biography, this is not for you. The opening chapters are chaotic...But if you want a detailed analysis of the cantatas, the two Passions and Mass in B minor, and a feeling for their wondrous piety, Gardiner provides exhaustive satisfaction.
For all its many pleasures and insights into an extraordinary man, this collection must be considered an addendum to Humphrey Burton’s biography, “Leonard Bernstein,” which was written with family access and which quotes many of these key letters. Burton plows along devotedly but is clear and coherent in a way these letters are not.
It’s characteristic that the author knows what his readers want—the story of Steely Dan—and refuses to give it to them.
Greig’s understanding of Freud’s place in art history...is...banal, as are his analyses of the connections between life and art...
...none of his missteps have dimmed the Ellington legend. Seldom overtly political, he preferred to lead by example...“Duke” humanizes a man whom history has kept on a pedestal.
all who pick up this book will be taken by Brandon Stanton’s captivating photographs of NYC’s urban humanity.
Jones’ prose is reportorial but evocative, verging only on purple in passages like the opening description of the Mississippi lowlands of Henson’s youth, which glides over the landscape like the opening shots of The Muppet Movie.