David P. Szatmary

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Listen To This If You Love Great Music: A Critical Curation of 100 Essential Albums

A well informed but overly narrow work that sometimes falls prey to an overblown rock-journalistic writing style. Murray has written a provocative, fascinating, highly personal compendium of the top 100 albums, which will most appeal to fans of alternative, electronic, or pop music.

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Prince and the “Parade” and “Sign o’ the Times” Era Studio Sessions: 1985 and 1986

Though it gives too much detail for general readers, the second installment in Tudahl’s Prince chronology is a treasure trove for fans.

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Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany

This provocative and stimulating, yet readable narrative unearths the social and musical importance of an iconic band, both for general readers and fans.
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A Band with Built-In Hate: The Who from Pop Art to Punk

Though the preoccupation with Cohn seems unnecessary, Stanfield has masterfully identified the mod, pop art, and art rock stages of the Who’s career for rock fans and general readers alike.
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The Search for John Lennon: The Life, Loves, and Death of a Rock Star

Though conducting many interviews, Jones offers few new insights; relies on generalizations, unfounded suppositions, and speculation; and writes in a cliché-ridden, offhand style. Readers would be better served by Ray Connolly’s Being John Lennon: A Restless Life.
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The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists)

Though some chapters (musician Bob Marley, poet Robert Bly) are more convincing than others (actor Jerry Lee Lewis), this intriguing work stands well alongside the author’s other memoirs, such as Riders on the Storm and The Doors Unhinged. General readers and rock aficionados will find it fascinating.
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The Beatles 101: A Pocket Guide in 101 Moments, Songs, People and Places

Though not writing for aficionados who undoubtedly have pored over the hundreds of detailed books and firsthand accounts about the Beatles, Reilly offers a breezy, heavily illustrated romp through Beatles history for listeners who might not know much about the iconic group.
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Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life

Though sometimes unable to explain the chasm between Guthrie’s words and actions, the author offers a well-researched addition to the Guthrie bibliography for general readers that complements Joe Klein’s standard biography, Woody Guthrie: A Life.

LJ Talks to Ricky Riccardi, Author of "Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong"

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