Barry Zaslow

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Literary Explorations of Elvis


Bing and Billie and Frank and Ella and Judy and Barbra

This richly rewarding book is a singular achievement in tracing the prowess of these larger-than-life musical figures, whose talents still have emotional resonance today.

Hound Dog

Will likely appeal to both music scholars and readers investigating the intersection of race and society in the U.S.

This Must Be the Place: Music, Community and Vanished Spaces in New York City

Overall, music lovers will wax nostalgic for the passing of the various genres and relish what has been memorialized.

Creating Back to the Future, the Musical

For anyone familiar with the movie, the book will have instant appeal. It’s also a wonderful glimpse into the joys and travails of treating something nearly universally loved in a way that honors the original, while its horizons are expanded in a fresh, bold way.

To Anyone Who Ever Asks: The Life, Music, and Mystery of Connie Converse

Although its length is daunting, this tome is welcome. It’s an interesting foray into Converse’s glimmer of fame and sad subsequent neglect.

Lunacy: The Curious Phenomenon of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, 50 Years On

For fans of The Dark Side of the Moon, this book is especially welcome. Those not familiar with Pink Floyd or this particular venture will still likely appreciate the well-researched and swiftly flowing tale that combines musical intricacies with cultural context.

Kevin Smith: His Films and Fans

Given the profanity-laced text and graphic sexual descriptions, this is not intended for all readers, but it provides a diverting, insider-y thrill ride for Kevin Smith fans and those interested in the mechanics of the movie business.

Song and Self: A Singer’s Reflections on Music and Performance

Although some acquaintance with musicology and world history is assumed, the author’s engaging style and the universality of the subject matter will likely have widespread appeal. This title is warmly recommended.

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