Book Review: Rock and Roll Fantasy — Getting the Balance Right

October 11, 2021
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On many levels, Hold Me Down is terrific. Its power lies in the vitality of Clea Simon’s prose and her insider savvy.

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Book Review: “Just Around Midnight” — A Revelatory Look at Race and 1960s Rock and Roll

September 27, 2016
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Why did rock and roll become white? Music critic Jack Hamilton’s extraordinary new book provides a challenging answer.

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Film Review: “Ricki and the Flash” — A Damp Squib

August 15, 2015
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Ricki and the Flash is a film that is bad enough to hurt a lot of reputations.

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Book Interview: “Season of the Witch” — Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Occult Imagination

February 3, 2015
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“To say that the occult ‘saved’ it is really to say that the spiritual agitation is at the heart of what was able to bring rock ‘n’ roll to its most interesting places.”

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Highlife Lowdown

March 14, 2006
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Two excellent books, one by Boston rocker Jen Trynin, plumb the insides of the worlds of jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

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