- Staff Picks
- June 17, 2021
New Long Leg (4AD). Review by Julius C. Lacking.
It wasn’t all Bach and hypochondria in the life of mercurial pianist Glenn Gould. Shelton Hull finds this new biography awash in details of the great musician’s love life and other psychological insights.
Another inside Tell All about the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, and the deadly Altamont Concert told by road manager Sam Cutler.
Aye Jay has already conquered Rap, Metal, and Punk with his activity books, now he is taking on country. Is he just as successful? Tim Wardyn finds out.
Greg Prato’s new oral history of Seattle music (or “grunge” to you and me, bucko) strikes the right balance between bratty humor and pathos, thinks Matthew Moyer. And was the bassist from Guns N’ Roses really in the Fastbacks? Read on,,,
Wanna know what “The Dungeon” is? Here’s a hint: Some professional wrestlers left it bawling like babies. Lifelong wrestling fan and pop culture reporter Heath McCoy tells us all about Stu Hart’s legacy in Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling. Tim Wardyn is still in pain.
Back in the heyday of wrestling, when it was so much more than Vince McMahon mashing on the controller buttons, Bruiser Brody cast a long shadow. Matthew Moyer and Larry Matysik reveal how Brody’s persona has outlasted his brutally short life.
Bring on the bad guys! Shelton Hull finds a little joy in pro wrestling again after reading this encyclopedic history of heels, the grapplers you love to hate.
Tom “Tearaway Stardust” Schulte enjoys Dave Thompson’s second volume of an enlightening and detailed look at the life and career of über-artist David Bowie. Even more surprising is that his hands aren’t covered with glitter after putting the book down.
Tom Waits for no one… and he’s not talking either. Which might give a lesser biographer pause, but as Matthew Moyer happily discovers, Jay Jacobs is more than up to the task.
Say it ain’t so — is Rivers Cuomo really such a jerk? This and other revelations were presented to Daniel Mitchell in Rivers’ Edge, an unauthorized history of Weezer and its members.