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Roadrunner

Clover demonstrates a sweeping command of his material, although his high-flown, dense, postmodern style may be daunting to the uninitiated. The book has some intriguing narratives but could have better served the Modern Lovers by concentrating on a deep exploration of “Roadrunner,” rather than going off on tangents about dispossessed peoples, pandemics, and other issues that bear little relation to the song.
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I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya: My American Blues Story

Rush describes the rewards and difficulties of the bluesman’s life with a refreshing, self-deprecating honesty. His story will appeal to musicians and readers interested in race in the United States.
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Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

This emotional narrative will leave readers spent, but rooting for Gauthier to prevail. Her lyrics dig deeply into the human condition, and her explanations leave little room for complacency.
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Punks in Peoria: Making a Scene in the American Heartland

This title will interest punk devotees, or readers interested in the intersection of music and sociology in America from rock and roll’s emergence to the present.
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Driven: Rush in the ’90s and “In the End.”

This third installment’s heartfelt exploration of the hobbies, obsessions, and families of the members of Rush more than compensates for missing some of the sparkle evident in the first two volumes. Popoff is to be congratulated for this herculean effort.
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The Lady Swings: Memoirs of a Jazz Drummer

Dodgion’s pull-no-punches style and determination in the face of daunting situations bring an obscure figure to vivid life. The title should appeal to jazz aficionados, who will recognize many of the musicians with whom she played, as well as those interested in ways in which women have flourished in the creative arts.
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Always a Song: Singers, Songwriters, Sinners, and Saints—My Story of the Folk Music Revival

Folk music aficionados will feel nostalgic at Harper’s reminiscences, and those with an interest in the sociology of the times will appreciate her clear-eyed observations.

Mike Nichols: A Life

A compelling storyteller, Harris sweeps readers up into the whirlwind of Nichols's life. Likely to become the definitive book about Nichols, Harris's exhaustive take should have widespread appeal, especially given the dearth of currently available literature about this important and influential entertainment icon.

 

In an earlier version of this review, LJ listed the author as Hermione Lee. We regret the error.

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This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks and the Art of Vocal Jazz

This evocative work conveys the challenges and successes Hendricks experienced and make for an affecting, well-rounded portrait of an underappreciated jazz artist who is ripe for rediscovery.
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