Barry Zaslow

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On the Record: Music Journalists on Their Lives, Craft, and Careers

There’s much to ponder here for a variety of readers, from nostalgia buffs to those seeking exciting new discoveries.
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Limelight: Rush in the ’80s

Popoff’s treasure trove of enlightening and entertaining glimpses into the workings of three complex individuals combined into a cohesive unit will appeal to anyone with even a casual interest in Rush. One misses some of the familial and folksy connections in volume one, but readers will eagerly await the conclusion of this impressive endeavor.
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The House That Rock Built: How It Took Time, Money, Music Moguls, Corporate Types, Politicians, Media, Artists, and Fans To Bring the Rock Hall to Cleveland

This informative and entertaining read will likely become the definitive volume on this important cultural center’s formation, and is a worthy companion to stand beside Nick Talevski’s useful if dated The Unofficial Encyclopedia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Niche: A Memoir in Pastiche

Showing a prodigious awareness of the sweep of centuries of culture, this is an admirable conceit finely executed. It will have great appeal to anyone interested in new modes of autobiography as well as Anglophiles and devotees of Momus’s musical, literary, and artistic talents.
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Anthem: Rush in the ’70s

A must for Rush fans and an intriguing examination of how small musical groups coalesce. Also a fitting memorial to drummer Neil Peart, who died this past January.
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I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death

For those who enjoy memoir, music, or tales of 1970s and 1980s New York.
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Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

An excellent addition for those interested in the nuts and bolts of the recording process and the triumphs and tribulations of the bands and solo artists of the time.
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Wichita Lineman: Searching in the Sun for the World’s Greatest Unfinished Song

This affectionate memorial to Campbell and rather hagiographic take on Webb’s talent might have worked better as a long article for Rolling Stone or The New Yorker, as it tends to repetitiveness and often veers into self-serving territory. Sadly, the whole does not equal the sum of its (many excellent) parts.

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Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro

Should appeal to fans of the peripatetic maestro and those interested in Japan.

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