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Less Than Zero by Ellis

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:29 (A review of Less Than Zero (Picador Books))

Named after a song by his beloved Elvis Costello - Ellis shows he doesnt reserve disdain soley for the east coast - he brilliantly satirizes the excess of his hometown L.A. in 'Less Than Zero'. Sex, drugs, rock'n'roll - scares you only because the characters are just a bunch of kids.


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The Rules of Attraction by Ellis

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:27 (A review of The Rules of Attraction)

Capturing the bull-shit of Generation X is Ellis' strong-suit, and he does it very well on this criminally overlooked book. You'll laugh at the sexually and mentally detached characters, and thank God Ellis' world doesn't mirror your own (or truly be scared, that your life is a living lie). Notably, contains a cameo of protagonist Sean Bateman's brother Patrick - who Ellis would later use as his "American Psycho".


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No Direction Home by Robert Shelton

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:22 (A review of No Direction Home: The Life And Music Of Bob Dylan)

I used this for a term paper on Dylan - and it worked great, in depth and personal with the artist himself. As a read? A bit of a bore, I'd go for Dylan's autobiography 'Chronicles' if you want to read about the man.


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Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of a

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:21 (A review of Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era)

Fuck Annie Leibowitz - Linda was the definitive photographer of the era, a real talent who unfortunately is only known as the "wife-of-Paul". Beautiful photos - especially the revealing, harrowing shots of Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley, and Brian Jones. Deserves to be in every music afficiando's collection.


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Chronicles Vol. 1 by Bob Dylan

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:18 (A review of Bob Dylan: Chronicles: v. 1)

Good writing, interesting man - though he stays away from what everyone wants to hear (the '65-'66 mod period). Beautiful portraits of his albums 'New Morning', 'Freewheelin'', and 'Oh, Mercy'. Notably, he admits that 'Nashville Skyline' (a lauded country masterpiece) was released so people would stop buying his records. I believe that, because it's a terrible record.


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"Rolling Stone": The Complete Covers, 19

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:15 (A review of Rolling Stone : The Complete Covers (Variable Cover))

Well...it's the 'complete' covers, so expect it all - from wicked portraits of Mick'n'Keef to shots of turds like Sebastian Bach. My one gripe is that the Andy Warhol designed cover (1977) wasn't blown to a full page, but left as a petite thumbnail.


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The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:10 (A review of The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics)

I'll cop the liner notes from a Beach Boys release 'cos it fits here too: "Super/Groovy/Fab/Gear/Outasight/Psychedelic/Good Trip". Inspired, mostly creepy illustrations of all of the Beatles soundscape, led by Alan Aldridge (who designed the cover art of the 1966 Who album 'A Quick One').


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The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:07 (A review of The Beatles Anthology)

"Their story" according to the band themselves - a very biased, but interesting look on the sixties. Admittedly it was all a blur to them, so don't expect and deep realizations. It ends with an "it was all about love" hipster babble that leaves you a bit cheated. Still, the refences to pop culture, and their relationships with contemporaries like Dylan and the Stones is more interesting. You like the band? Get this book. I still think their definitive biography is the one written by Hunter Davies, who hung with the band during their 'Sgt Pepper' phase. (Notably, Davies can be seen in the 1967 "All You Need Is Love" telecast).


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The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark L

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:01 (A review of The Complete Beatles Chronicle)

To be frank - who cares? Does anyone really need to know where the Beatles were on each and every day of their decade tenure together? Apparantly yes - according to Beatles afficiando Mark Lewisohn. This is stupid, and should have stayed in the vaults, or wherever the hell it's supposed to be.


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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Posted : 11 years, 4 months ago on 30 July 2006 09:58 (A review of The Prophet (A Borzoi Book))

Whether you learned of this from a hipster or your decrepit, beloved lesbian professor - this is a gorgeous little book of wisdom that shouldn't be passed up. Ideal for the transients out there.


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