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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Looking back in words and pictures

 Despite all the pictures and memorabilia, The Rolling Stones 50 (Hyperion) is not to be mistaken for a coffee table book. It has incisive commentary by its authors—Messrs. Jagger, Richards, Watts and Wood—and demonstrates
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Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Baudelaire and his legacy

 “Modernity” is the central theme of Roberto Calasso’s La Folie Baudelaire (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), which, among many other things, explores the origins of the word as defined and executed by Baudelaire between
Album Reviews
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Psychedelic Pill (Reprise)

 There is pensive wandering into the past on this massive collection of songs, moving smoothly through two discs in the CD version. Neil Young’s artistry is at its height. “Twisted Road” contains revelatory lines that capture
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Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012

Discovery, melancholy in ‘Waging Heavy Peace,’ a poetically detailed memoir

At age 66, Neil Young is reaching an artistic zenith. Young recently released the album Americana with his longtime band Crazy Horse, and the end of this month will see yet another Crazy Horse album, Psychedelic Pill...
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Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

New book covers 'Everything Left to Know'

With his new “folk music” album Americana, a documentary film going into theaters this summer titled Journeys and his memoirs forthcoming this fall, it is impossible to dispute the prodigious artistry of Neil Young. Separating Young from...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New biography tries to write the Boss's history

Marc Dolan is a professor of English and American Studies and, as with so many who are writing about their rock music heroes these days, is a long-time fan who knows nothing about music...
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blues great shares tales from a singular life

Buddy Guy and co-author David Ritz have come up with a dazzling book, rife with details about people, guitars and historically significant musical events. When I Left Home: My Story (Da Capo) will enthrall Guy's fans as well...
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Banga (Columbia)

Patti Smith's albums, since her extraordinarily ground-breaking Horses and Easter LP's, are essentially about neo-punk tribalism as a way of being; i.e., there is angst and excitement, optimism and ritualistic anger, but little that is new...

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