Sep 20, 2019
Ken Burns' documentary "Country Music" and its book tie-in present country music with a naive affection that misses key American tensions.
Jul 12, 2019
Emily Nussbaum began writing her New Yorker TV column in 2011, and her Pulitzer-winning career parallels television's ascent.
Sep 21, 2018
You've seen "Gimme Shelter," but have you heard of Meredith Hunter? A new book re-examines one of the epochal events of the 1960s.
Jan 26, 2018
Recently available deluxe recordings from Rudolf Serkin and Glenn Gould reveal new secrets about these polar-opposite titans of classical piano.
Dec 23, 2017
A nearsighted new biography of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner would have us believe that any narcissistic cokehead could have shepherded innovative work by Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz and others just by being in the right place at the right time.
Mar 17, 2017
The musician we meet in this book looks back on his mid-’70s Beach Boys caricature with sympathy and dread. As his gentle voice emerges from the pages, a more definitive picture takes shape.
Mar 18, 2016
This book is the story of Sam Phillips, who created the conditions for rock ’n’ roll, though he never wrote or played on any records, and his quest to rattle the foundations of American music and a country's ideas about itself.
Oct 30, 2015
A fierce 8-year-old Palestinian boy, caught in a famous photograph throwing a rock at an Israeli soldier, grows up to become a great classical violist dedicated to bringing music and musical education to Palestinian children (Above, a detail of the cover of "Children of the Stone," a book reviewed by Tim Riley).
Nov 14, 2012
"The John Lennon Letters" collects and reproduces 285 postcards, telegrams, to-do lists and other writings from the former Beatle’s early childhood to Dec. 8, 1980, hours before he was killed.
Jun 8, 2012
When Bootsy Collins defected from James Brown's band for George Clinton's, RJ Smith, in his new biography of Brown, gives us the desertion from Brown's point of view: "You could not copyright a beat, a smell, the One. You made it and then a younger man in an ass-length blond wig marked it up and made it new."