Book: 101 Essential Rock Records – the Golden Age of Vinyl

101 Essential Rock Records – the Golden Age of Vinyl from The Beatles to the Sex Pistols By Jeff Gold (Gingko Press, 240pp, £34.50 (hbk)     The ongoing debate about the monetary value of music notwithstanding, there seems little doubt that its cultural currency is still held in high regard. No matter where or through … Read more Book: 101 Essential Rock Records – the Golden Age of Vinyl

Book: When Ziggy Played Guitar – David Bowie And Four Minutes That Shook The World

According to this book’s author Dylan Jones, for people of a certain age, gender and disposition, David Bowie’s appearance on Top of the Pops on July 6th, 1972, singing Starman, was “a tectonic shift in pop culture.”   Of course, if you’re of a different age, gender and disposition, a book such as this – … Read more Book: When Ziggy Played Guitar – David Bowie And Four Minutes That Shook The World

Book: A Light That Never Goes Out – The Enduring Saga of The Smiths

Thirty years following their formation, writes author Tony Fletcher, and twenty-five years since they split up, the legacy and the cultural significance of UK rock band, The Smiths, remains intact. It’s time, says the book cover blurb, their tale was told. So far, so self-referencing and myth making. And yet Fletcher isn’t too wide of … Read more Book: A Light That Never Goes Out – The Enduring Saga of The Smiths