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Spring Reading: Mama and Junior

Spring Reading: Mama and Junior

Remember me? Yes, it’s been quite a while since I last opined on a rock star memoir. Believe me when I say I hadn’t intended to let Chez BTRU go stale, and though people who advise on the proper way to live as a blogger tell you not to explain long absences, I feel I owe one. Since starting this blog I’ve posted reviews every other month – sometimes the gap is wider, but I deliver something. After posting my…

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Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching For James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride

Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching For James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride

First things first: James McBride wrote an excellent, excellent memoir called The Color of Water. Go read it. Second, don’t expect a traditional biography when you open Kill ‘Em and Leave (AMZ). Authors of biographies concern themselves with facts, typically in chronological order. That’s not to say McBride isn’t interested in the truth about James Brown; this book features input from many people involved in Brown’s inner circle and some on the fringes: musicians, money men, friends and family. How McBride…

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2113: Stories Inspired By the Music of Rush by Kevin J. Anderson and Josh McFetridge, eds.

2113: Stories Inspired By the Music of Rush by Kevin J. Anderson and Josh McFetridge, eds.

Buy 2113 on Amazon. Andy Rooney said, “Writers never retire.” Drummers…well, it happens and it’s not always voluntary. We know Neil Peart can’t rock the solos forever, short of having bionic arms installed (don’t think somebody hasn’t suggested it), and if you’ve read recent interviews you know what’s on his mind. Family. Writing. Somewhere he’s said he hoped to adapt Clockwork Angels the novel to film. So yeah, he’s not going anywhere in a sense. While I didn’t love the Clockwork Angels novel, I…

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