Tag: ECW Press

The Secret Life of Glenn Gould

Print Reviews

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.

Rick Rubin: In the Studio

Print Reviews

Jake Brown takes advantage of the 25th anniversary of Def Jam Records to present music fans with his appreciation of its co-founder, Rick Rubin.

Grunge Is Dead

Print Reviews

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,,,

Punk Rock Fun Time Activity Book

Print Reviews

Following up his not-so-kid-friendly Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book and Gangsta Rap Coloring Book, Aye Jay is back with another fun-filled edition for all you punkers out there. So what did Tim Wardyn think of the Punk Rock Fun Time Activity Book? F—-n’ brilliant!

Heavy Metal Painkillers

Print Reviews

Scott Adams finds that his leather chaps-wearing inner metal fan is satisfied by this new heavily illustrated tribute to the British metal gods. Need research fodder to debate the relative merits of British Steel over Screaming for Vengeance? This book is for you!

Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling

Print Reviews

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.

Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book

Print Reviews

Have you ever been listening to Pantera and thought to yourself, “I wish my demon seed could know more about the bands that they will soon worship as I do now?” If you have, then you’re a friggin’ lunatic. If you haven’t, then you’re just a little more sane. Either way, Tim Wardyn explains that this book is either the first step on your journey or just a kick ass good time.

Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling’s Rebel

Print Reviews

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.

The Heels

Print Reviews

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.

Hallo Spaceboy: The Rebirth of David Bowie

Print Reviews

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.

Black Sabbath: Doom Let Loose

Print Reviews

Black Sabbath. The name alone conjures up images of protean Metal, the stuff that called the demons forth and made the parents sweat. Matthew Moyer tells us why Doom Let Loose is the definitive guide to the definitive metal band.

Rivers’ Edge

Print Reviews

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.

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Sun Ra

Sun Ra

Music Reviews

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Dark Water

Dark Water

Screen Reviews

J-Horror classic Dark Water (2002) makes the skin crawl with an unease that lasts long after the film is over. Phil Bailey reviews the new Arrow Video release.

The Shootist

The Shootist

Screen Reviews

John Wayne’s final movie sees the cowboy actor go out on a high note, in The Shootist, one of his best performances.