Still The One: A Rock’n’Roll Journey To Congress And Back is certainly entertaining read. For those interested in the liberal side of politics there are lots in this book to please you, for those interested in the beginnings of 60’s rock, there are a goodly amount of tails here and for those who want to get to know more about John Hall, this whole book is perfect for you.
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It is a thick historic read that Stacy Schiff flies us through in her The Witches, Salem 1692. If you think you know all about this period of history, have the skinny on the rumors and historic accounting, know full well what happened to a bunch of women (and men) way back in the early days of this country, think again.
One of the most notorious American criminals of modern times, Whitey Bulger, is the subject of T. J. English wonderful new true crime tome. But if you are looking for a bio on Bulger, a man who has had plenty of bios written about him, plenty worth looking up (plenty that English even refers to in this book) Where The Bodies Were Buried is not that history. Instead, we get a specific account of Bulger’s trial, after the man has been found after years in hiding, and the fantastic, tragic and wholly corrupt story that unfolds despite it.
Learn about promoter Bill Graham, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, The Chambers Brothers and so many others, some of whom did not survive into modern times. Meet Joshua White-who provides this near 400 page book’s forward -and learn about his Joshua Light Show. Get into the mind-set (acid addled as it was) of what exactly what happening in the mid 60’s to the beginning of the 70’s when these two concert halls thrived. Tickle across stories from house managers, band members, hanger-ons and fans who became icons themselves, like Patti Smith who offers some tidbits here of hanging around the village in NYC when the Fillmore East came into existence.
From the opening chapter “Journey Beyond The Stars” we as much learn about director Stanley Kubrick’s early professional life working for “Look” magazine and into this first few films…as we do in later chapters get into the full story of “2001,” a film that took three years to complete. We meet author of the story Arthur C. Clarke of course, get some insight into the back and forth he and Kubrick got into and meet all the relevant characters, some interviewed specifically for this book, some 40 odd plus years after they worked on this movie.
If you don’t know who Allen Klein is, you are going to find all about this super dooper modern music manager/deal maker in Fred Goodman’s richly researched hardcover Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out The Beatles, Made The Stones, and Transformed Rock and Roll. Feel about Klein as you might, coming new to his story and suspicious of any man with this much power and influence, enjoying his exploits and brashness, there is no denying that Allen Klein was a force to be be reckoned with…even moving amongst powerhouses like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
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