Archive for the ‘book review’ Category
The last week I’ve been preoccupied with thoughts of film, time, life, and death. It all ties together with Federico Fellini’s famous film, La Dolce Vita and the death of famed bombshelter-era bombshell, Anita Ekberg this last weekend. I’m not a Fellini expert, my tastes in vintage movies tend to run more towards the Universal monster movies starring Lon Chaney Jr. Nor am I a devotee of Ekberg, but rather a more casual fan. And yet here I am, moved to write in effect about her death and her place in classic cinema.
So how did we get to this point, then? Going off my previously described affection for classic monsters, it should surprise no one that I also devour my share of horror and vampire novels. Most recently, I’ve become a fan of Kim Newman’s vast alternate history series, Anno Dracula. The first novel set naturally enough in Victorian London, using the Jack the Ripper murders as a setup for the horrorific goings on. The second novel takes us into World War One and deals with none other than the famous Bloody Red Baron of Germany. Finally, the third novel (Dracula Cha Cha Cha) takes us to 1959 Rome or more to the point, the Rome seen in films such as Roman Holiday or, you guessed it, La Dolce Vita. I received the novel as a Christmas present and recently started making my way through it.
The book pays a tremendous homage to Fellini’s film, with it’s own variation on Ekberg’s famous dip in the Trevi Fountain ending in coupious amounts of vampire grue. I was familiar enough with La Dolce Vita to pick up on the references. But I admit to my shame, that despite being a self-proclaimed film buff, I had somehow managed to never see the movie, possibly due to it’s lack of vampires or werewolves. Maybe I’m just inheritantly some weird form of a low-brow snob? Whatever the reason, wading through the novel finally pushed me to get over that hump. On January 9th, I ventured into the Vulcan Video and rented both the Bill Murray military comedy Stripes and Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. I could almost feel Murray’s eyes gazing over the cover image of Ekberg as I left the store, DVD’s in hand.
I was on holiday to Wales this year. Away from it all, but not quite all. I had to bring something relating to music, and I chose the biography of a man named Chester Burnett, better known as Howlin’ Wolf. I was immediately captured by the description of those hard times in the 1920s. Black people and their children working in the cotton fields. Young Chester abandoned by his mother at an early age, raised by his aunt and abusive uncle. Running away by train in search of his father. And how he worked the mules with his singing voice to break the land.
He learned to play the guitar by Charlie Patton and many more.
All kinds of anekdotes by Howling Wolf, his sisters and blues musicians who ever worked with him back in the days.
A very easy to read and inspiring book about rough times, passion for blues music and how it kept him alive.
It may be a cliche to write this book will change your life but…what the hell, this book will change your life! Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook (the title may sound familiar to fans of a certain horror movie trilogy featuring demonic ex-girlfriends and chainsaws that replace hands) is a big, fat hardcover cook book with delicious plant based recipes. This book will guide through everything from salads to desserts (vegan ice cream!) and there’s even a section explaining basics such as how to roast a variety of vegetables and what cooking tools are the best to use. And did I mention that all this is brought to you by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero? It is! These are the same brilliant minds that brought you “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World” and “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cooki Jar”. If you don’t already own these books run, don’t walk to your local bookstore! I promise you will not be disappointed with the results. I also need to add that Veganomicon has the BEST recipe for Caeser salad dressing hands down. You will not find a better vegan recipe for this dressing, I swear it! Here is another great recipe for a sandwich to end all sandwiches or as these gals like to call them “sammiches”.
Roasted Eggplant and Spinach Muffuletta Sandwich
I am thrilled to do this book review. Why? Because… this… is … one … unique thing! I do appreciate books about Rock and Roll/ Rockabilly. Most of them are picture books. Letting the viewer feast their eyes on wonderful pictures . But this one is more than that. Rare pictures from the fifties and sixties of known and unknown artists, all taken by Tommy Edwards. Who is he? I tell you about him in a minute.
Chris Kennedy is a writer and musician from New York City. He got me curious because his book will be published in July. A book full of unique photo’s of Tommy Edwards, a Cleveland radio Deejay in the Fifties, who made a picture of everyone who passed through his radio station from 1955-60. Elvis, Chuck Berry, country music superstars, Hollywood celebrities and superstar wannabees.
The most interesting thing is that every picture has a little story from the Tommy Edwards newsletter, or written by the writer Chris Kennedy, or even a note from the artist him- / herself.
We’ve got a request by Eventageous PR Ltd on behalf of MBI Publishing Company (of Voyageur Press) with the question if we want to make a review about the recently published book “Rockabilly, the twang heard ‘round the world”.
Now there are several books published about rockabilly, rock ’n roll and the heroes of this time, but this book is really fantastic! Indeed an illustrated history, very stylish and graphic.
The book contains interviews and reminiscences from Brian Setzer, Wanda Jackson, Scotty Moore, Deke Dickerson, Robert Gordon, Charlie Feathers, Glen Glenn, Billy Riley etc.
More than 600 rare photographs, concert posters, singles and LP’s, memorabilia and collectibles. It doesn’t only describes the history and background of those days and artists, but it also includes looks at the fashions, guitars, amps, and recording techniques that made the genre come alive, as well as the latter day rockers (Sleepy LaBeef, The Stray Cats, The Cramps, etc.) who gave it life after the ‘50s.
The author of this hardcover book is Michael Dregni , with the cooperation of Greil Marcus, Craig Morrison, David McGee, Luc Sante and many more. The foreword is written by Rock ‘n Roll legend Sonny Burgess. The book has eight different chapters, below a brief summary:
Chapter 1: Sunrise; Elvis Presley at Sun Records 1954-1955.
Chapter 2: Whole lotta shakin’; Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Chapter 3: Sun’s unsung rockabilly heroes; those who would be king.
Chapter 4: Rockabilly far and wide; local stars, regional hits.
Chapter 5: Gene and Eddie.
Chapter 6: The dark ages of the 1960s; rockabilly lives on in the shadows.
Chapter 7: Rockabilly, european style; twang with a foreign accent.
Chapter 8: Rave on; the worldwide rockabilly revival.
Even those who aren’t fans of the rockabillly genre would love this book, but when you’re a true rockabilly? Then you need this book!
We give you the opportunity to have this book in your collection. On behalf of Eventageous PR Ltd we’ll have two copies available for our website visitors. We’ve devised a little contest, consisting of three questions.
The answers to these questions can naturally be found in the book, but the real ‘die-hards’ know these facts undoubtedly.
Question 1: what is the date (exact day and year) of the famous Sun-recordings of the Million Dollar Quartet?
This way of life is now captured on camera by photographer Andrew Shaylor in an unique portrayal of the contemporary rockabilly scene, called Rockin’ The Rockabilly Scene.
Shaylor captures the raw energy of the music and the commitment of the rockabilly community to authenticity. This striking book evokes the passion and intensity of a scene that is as exciting today as it was more than 50 years ago. Over 250 stunning images capture the bands, dancing, fashion and cars that define the rockabilly subculture. It features rockabilly events in both the United States and Britain. With a specially commissioned foreword by Jerry Chatabox.