Thompson, Dave

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Vinyl Record Collecting for Dummies

The highly knowledgeable Thompson delivers an accessible, straightforward, and comprehensive guide to the increasingly popular hobby of record collecting. Good for general readers and vinyl collectors.

I Hate Old Music, Too: How Familiarity & Overuse Killed Our Favorite Music

A clever, rather than insightful, take on what irks Thompson about the state of the music industry and rock and roll. Sure to cause debates among music lovers.

To Hell and Back: My Life in Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers, in the Words of the Last Man Standing

A readable backstage pass to the early days of the punk rock movement, when the sex and drugs overwhelmed the rock and roll.


Britcoms FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Our Favorite Sophisticated, Outrageous British Television Comedies

Provides trivia and amusement aplenty for Anglophile comedy aficionados.

The Twilight Zone FAQ: All That's Left To Know About the Fifth Dimension and Beyond

Thompson is a prolific author, and his experience shows here, with both a well-researched volume for television scholars and an extremely readable overview for Zone's many fans.

Soccer FAQ: All That's Left To Know About the Clubs, the Players, and the Rivalries

Although it requires a bit of prior knowledge of the sport for full enjoyment, this work is overall an enlightening tour. It is bursting with stories and is recommended for general sports fans and nonfiction readers.

Dancing Barefoot

Readers looking for more examination of Smith's songs, recordings, and poetry should look elsewhere, but Thompson does a commendable job of documenting her life. Smith fans might find this a good companion to Just Kids, as Thompson does not focus as heavily on Smith's relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. It may also appeal to readers interested in American poetry and the development of punk rock in the 1970s. Recommended.

Bayou Underground

Though Thompson clearly knows his music history, he seems to force his approach on the reader and adds little to the understanding of rock or Louisiana history.

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