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God Save The Kinks A Biography paperback by Rob Jovanovic

God Save The Kinks A Biography paperback by Rob Jovanovic

It’s incredible how a band can go from nowhere to suddenly being everything and everywhere and while its easy to see the 60s as being dominated in this way by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The Kinks are challengers to both, which is why the upcoming release of Rob Jovanovic’s God Save The Kinks:(…)

Ian Dury The Definitive Biography by Will Birch review

Ian Dury The Definitive Biography by Will Birch review

Ian Dury The Definitive Biography by Will Birch takes you pretty much from the cradle to the crave of one of Britain’s iconic proto-punk icons. Though it’s a long old read with occasional lulls, there’s always enough to keep you reading about the life of Dury, told through Will Birch’s meticulously researched biography. It’s not(…)

Life, Keith Richards

Life, Keith Richards

When you’ve had the kind of life that Keith Richards has had, you can definitely get away with calling your autobiography Life. Spanning the better part of half a century it takes in his upbringing in Dartford, the formation and development of the Rolling Stones, their rise to superstardom in the sixties and the uppers(…)

I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir, by Mickey Leigh

I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir, by Mickey Leigh

The title, I Slept with Joey Ramone, is class and on first hearing it I thought it would be a witty kiss and tell story by a former Joey Ramone love interest. However, it’s only when you get to the second line, A Punk Rock Family Memoir, that you realise that it could be a(…)

Love Is A Mix Tape, by Rob Sheffield

Love Is A Mix Tape, by Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield’s Love Is A Mix Tape puts a whole new perspective on the era defining memoir. In amongst its tape bound monologue you get both a closer than close insight into the hardest loss to bear, as well as a musical window back to the days when tape was king and Nirvana was everything.(…)

A Freewheelin’ Time by Suze Rotolo

A Freewheelin’ Time by Suze Rotolo

I wanted to read A Freewheelin’ Time as soon as I heard about it. I love Bob Dylan’s Positively 4th Street and I’d read that it was either written about the end of his relationship with Suze Rotolo, or the way some of the folkies turned their back on their rising star. Either way, A(…)