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.
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.
Audrey Golden gives voice to the women who labored behind the scenes at Factory Records to make the magic happen.
Poet E. D. Evans collects her recent work in this sometimes sad, sometimes funny collection of poems and ballads, Time for My Generation to Die.
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.
Aaron Tanner delivers 400 pages of visual delights from the ever-enigmatic band, The Residents, in The Residents Visual History Book: A Sight for Sore Eyes, Vol. 2.
Superfan Alexandros Anesiadis writes the encyclopedia of post-hardcore, melodic punk from around the world, We Can Be The New Wind. Bob Pomeroy reviews.
Amy Yates Wuelfing collects stories from the professional drinkers who hung out at John and Peter’s in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in Still Drinkin’ & Smokin’ Rockin’ & Rollin’. Carl F. Gauze reviews.
Author Andrea Janov shares memories of living in the New York City fast lane in the early 2000s with Short Skirts and Whiskey Shots: Tales of Nights I Shouldn’t Have Made it Home Alive. Review by Bob Pomeroy.
Illustrator Rachel Moss transforms Bill Withers’ classic song into an uplifting children’s story about friendship and community. Bob Pomeroy reviews Lean on Me.
That fancy menswear shop? It used to be the home of punk rock on the Bowery. Jesse Rifkin walks us through NYC neighborhoods, reconstructing their now long-gone music scenes and thriving night life in This Must Be The Place: Music, Community and Vanished Spaces in New York City.
Gather round while philosophers discuss the meaning of Punk Rock in Punk Rock and Philosophy by Joshua Heter and Richard Greene, reviewed by Bob Pomeroy.
Ernie in Kovacsland, Josh Mills, Ben Model, and Pat Thomas’s terrific testament to the memory the TV comedy visionary Ernie Kovacs, gets extra kudos from Phil Bailey.
The upbeat pop song by REM becomes an uplifting children’s story.
Carl F. Gauze digs into Sydney Pollack: A Subliminal Existentialist, a detailed look at the cinematic works of Sydney Pollack from the prolific Wes D. Gehring.
Roi J. Tamkin reviews This Bird Has Flown, a rock n’ roll redemption romance from multi-talented, many-hit wonder Susanna Hoffs.
Ink 19’s Roi J. Tamkin reviews Drumming With Dead Can Dance and Parallel Adventures, Peter Ulrich’s memoir of an artistic life fueled by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard’s remarkable friendship.
Ska historian Heather Augustyn chronicles the history, experiences, and struggles of the women who shaped the two-tone scene in Rude Girls: Women in 2 Tone and One Step Beyond. Jay Stooksberry reviews.
Carl F. Gauze reviews this comprehensive look at the early works of Muppets creator Jim Henson by Craig Shemin.
Bela Koe-Krompecher recalls love and death in musty Ohio basements in Love, Death & Photosynthesis while Jenny Mae’s What’s Wrong with Me? Singles and Unreleased Tracks provides the soundtrack. Carl F. Gauze reviews.
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