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Skydog: The Duane Allman Story

Author: Randy Poe
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Review by Jeff Muendel
Posted November 18, 2008 at 5:37 am

The Allman Brothers melded rock, country, and jazz into a unique style of music. While brother and organist Greg Allman still leads the band and should certainly get some credit, it was Duane Allman that brought that vision to reality. This thorough biography of Duane Allman offers in in-depth view into the life of the legendary guitarist…


Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)

Author: Don Felder with Wendy Holden
Publisher: Wiley Press
Review by Jeff Muendel
Posted November 18, 2008 at 5:30 am

The eagles are one of the most successful American bands ever, and also one of the most overplayed groups on our classic rock airwaves. But what you don’t hear much about is the inner workings of the band. Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder spills the beans in this book sharing observations…


The Story of Judas Priest: Defenders Of The Faith

Author: Neil Daniels
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Review by Jeff Muendel
Posted November 18, 2008 at 5:20 am

This is a rather epic biography of the epic heavy metal band, Judas Priest. The book includes multiple interviews with people who surrounded the band over the years, beginning with blues-oriented beginnings through the height of their success in the eighties, past their eventual split, and onto their 2003 reunion.


Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson

Author: Tom Graves
Publisher: Demers Books
Review by Jeff Muendel
Posted November 18, 2008 at 5:11 am

This is a small book as music biographies go, but its 124 pages are researched well. Blues musician Robert Johnson has influenced not only many blues artists to follow him, but also many rock musicians. The book tries to separate fact from legend without being clinical. Robert Johnson, legend has it, gained his guitar talent by trading his soul away to Satan…


Real Moments - Bob Dylan 1966 - 1974

Author: Barry Feinstein
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Review by Jeff Muendel
Posted October 6, 2008 at 2:40 am

Barry Feinstein is an award winning photographer who has shot over 500 album covers for artists including Dylan, George Harrison, Gram Parsons, Eric Clapton and Janis Joplin. He has also photographed many Hollywood and political figures. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Q,  Esquire, Life, Time and Newsweek magazines. His photos of Bob Dylan, though, may be his most famous.


Ultimate Guide to Hip-Hop and R&B

Author: Devin & Cameron Lazerine
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Review by Anthony Sims
Posted May 13, 2008 at 7:13 pm

The founders of Rap-Up magazine, brothers Devin and Cameron Lazerine, recently held an event in NYC to celebrate their 3 year anniversary and book release. The book titled “Rap-Up: The Ultimate Guide to Hip-Hop and R&B” hit bookstores in February and the brothers are considered hip-hop gods when it comes to knowing everything from A to Jay-Z. In 2006 the magazine was nominated for “Best New Consumer Publication” at the Maggie Awards and has featured artist’s such as Pharrell, T.I., Mary J. Blige and Ludacris to name a few.

The event held on April 17 featured a performance by Teyana Taylor(Star Trak/Interscope) and Keri Hilson played the MC for the event which was held at the Adidas Originals store in NYC’s trendy SOHO neighborhood. Artist’s such as Nina Sky and Kwame came out to show love and support for the two brothers who have paid there dues and managed to build a nice niche in the world of hip-hop.


Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk

Author: Phil Strongman
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Review by Jeff Muendel
Posted February 1, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Though the book’s title suggests a dedicated concentration on the British punk rock explosion, the author begins well before that detonation in 1976 and deals, quite properly, with punk’s beginnings in the United States. All roads lead to the Sex Pistols, however, as the group is quite uncontested as being the pinnacle of the U.K. punk movement, ands therefore the central focus of the book…..


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