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Jimi Hendrix

Devoted Jimi Hendrix fans will want to read this, especially for the accounts of his youthful musical beginnings; those wanting a more complete biography should go with Charles R. Cross's Room Full of Mirrors. [See Prepub Alert, 11/14/11.]

I'll Be Here in the Morning

Fans of Van Zandt and followers of Americana music will appreciate the informative and analytical approach to both the songs of Van Zandt and the many artists represented here. Recommended for extensive popular music collections.

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

Hermes's chronological rather than topical approach is wide rather than deep and is sometimes daunting in its sheer recitation of personalities. Still, it is a well-written entry for the reader (and listener) to explore the musical styles and people of a fascinating era.

And on Piano...Nicky Hopkins

While many may not be familiar with Nicky Hopkins's name today, almost every rock fan has heard this quintessential studio session player's distinctive piano. This book, with its detailed and extensive discography and appearances list, will interest dedicated fans with intense curiosity about the creation of some of rock's seminal records.

Halfway to Hollywood

These voluminous and copious diaries may be too detailed for a large general readership, but Monty Python and Palin fans will find them indispensable, and those with an especially Anglocentric taste in the arts and culture will be deeply rewarded.

December 8, 1980

The book does not cover much new ground, and Beatles and Lennon fans will be aware of most of the facts presented here, but this is an interesting examination of one of rock's darkest days and a poignant reminder of what was lost when Lennon died. Philip Norman's recent John Lennon: The Life is more suitable for readers seeking an in-depth look at Lennon's life.

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