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May 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Unlike their music, Righteous Brothers book is bland

The Righteous Brothers, first promo photo (Moonglow Records)

The Righteous Brothers, first promo photo (Moonglow Records)

“The Time of My Life:  A Righteous Brothers’ Memoir”
Bill Medley with Mike Marino
Da Capo Press, $26.99

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” “Unchained Melody.” “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.” These classic tracks by the Righteous Brothers burst with the kind of passion that’s made them romantic standards since their release close to half a century ago.


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April 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Finally, a Mudhoney biography | Book review

“Mudhoney: The Sound and The Fury From Seattle”

Keith Cameron

Voyageur Press, $19.99


Keith Cameron's book is the first full biography of Mudhoney.

Keith Cameron’s book is the first full biography of Mudhoney.

Green River was Seattle’s seminal grunge band of the 1980s. Kim Neely’s 1998 book “Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story” documented what happened to one half of the group after Green River split in 1987. Now there’s finally a book detailing the events that followed for the other band members, who went on to form Mudhoney.

Keith Cameron, a writer for prestigious UK monthly “Mojo,” was a young aspiring journalist when Mudhoney first toured England in 1989, and, having covered the band from the very beginning, is well-placed to take the reader through the labyrinthine twists and turns of the burgeoning grunge era.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Book review, Mudhoney, Sub Pop

February 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Read all about the Beatles | Book reviews

TuneinRecently, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. — Feb. 7, 1964 — with a nostalgic scrapbook of reader memories of the first Beatles concert in Seattle, which happened at KeyArena (then the Seattle Center Coliseum) on Aug. 21 that year. To continue our celebration of the Fab Four, we offer a look at some of the new (and reissued) books about the Liverpudlian lads.


“The Beatles: All These Years Vol. 1 Tune In,” by Mark Lewisohn (Crown/Archetype, $40).
Ever since his publication of “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” in 1987, Mark Lewisohn has been one of the clearest voices among Beatles’ historians. Lewisohn received the biographer’s dream gift for that book — the chance to listen to all the Beatles’ Abbey Road session tapes — and his concise and levelheaded reporting was welcome.


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December 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The triumphs and tragedies of Stax Records | Book review

“Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion” Robert Gordon Bloomsbury, $30 As an author and documentarian who’s steeped in Memphis music, Robert Gordon is admirably well-suited to write a history of one of the city’s most revered record labels. And it’s as much a social history as a musical one, as Gordon contrasts Stax’s rise with that of…


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Book review, Otis Redding, Stax Records