Print Reviews

Find your next great graphic novel, retrospective, memoir, or manifesto in this all-over-the-place reading list, curated by our eclectically interested staff for your education and quiet-time entertainment.

Garage Sale Vinyl

Garage Sale Vinyl

Print Reviews

Christopher Long takes us on a personal journey of rediscovering the magic of music. It’s just the inspiration I needed to continue my own.

Mostly True

Mostly True

Print Reviews

Carl F. Gauze reviews the fascinating Mostly True: The West’s Most Popular Hobo Graffiti Magazine, a chronicle of forgotten outsider subculture.

Cocoa the Tour Dog

Cocoa the Tour Dog

Print Reviews

Cocoa the Tour Dog is the heartwarming true story of a boy and his dog and his reggae band. Bob Pomeroy reviews the book by Adam Mansbach and reggae artist Stick Figure, with illustrations by Juan Manuel Orozco.

Early Jazz

Early Jazz

Print Reviews

Fumi Tomita’s new book, Early Jazz: A Concise History from Its Beginnings to 1929 seeks to expand the story of jazz to include early voices.

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Print Reviews

With his latest book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, celebrated stand-up Jedi Bill Maher “shocks” readers by doing the most outrageous, unthinkable, and socially unacceptable thing imaginable: he speaks rationally, logically, and objectively.

Weird Music That Goes on Forever

Weird Music That Goes on Forever

Print Reviews

Carl F. Gauze reviews this interesting look at the surprising history and scandalous etymology of jazz, in Weird Music That Goes On Forever, by Bob Suren.

Apotrapaic Beatnik Graffiti

Apotrapaic Beatnik Graffiti

Print Reviews

Charles DJ Deppner takes a look at a new book of artwork by DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh, and discovers the book is actually looking back at him.

My Punk Rock Life: The Photography of Marla Watson

My Punk Rock Life: The Photography of Marla Watson

Print Reviews

Author Marla Watson captured over 300 black-and-white photos of Black Flag, Bad Religion, 7 Seconds, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat, and some bands you might not know, now sharing her L.A. punk band scrapbook in My Punk Rock Life: The Photography of Marla Watson.

Time Has Come Today: Rock and Roll Diaries 1967 – 2007

Time Has Come Today: Rock and Roll Diaries 1967 – 2007

Print Reviews

Carl F. Gauze digs into one man’s journey through the glory days of rock and roll in Time Has Come Today: Rock and Roll Diaries 1967 – 2007, a venture that turns out to be quite the trip, when that man is Harold Bronson, Rhino Records co-founder and obsessive diarist.

Heroes of the Metal Underground

Heroes of the Metal Underground

Print Reviews

Just in time for the heavy metal Christmas shopping season, European author Alexandros Anesiadis delivers his latest — a thorough and riveting encyclopedia-type account of the hard-working DIY American bands that created an important underground music scene that’s well worth remembering.

A Darker Shade of Noir

A Darker Shade of Noir

Print Reviews

Roi J. Tamkin reviews A Darker Shade of Noir, fifteen new stories from women writers completely familiar with the horrors of owning a body in a patriarchal society, edited by Joyce Carol Oates.

GOTH: A History

GOTH: A History

Print Reviews

Founding member of The Cure Lol Tolhurst takes readers on a very personal tour of the people, places, and events that made goth an enduring movement and vital subculture, in GOTH: A History. Bob Pomeroy reviews.

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Screen Reviews

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Best of Five

Best of Five

Screen Reviews

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CAKE

CAKE

Event Reviews

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