Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 11)

JOHNNY CASH by Robert Hilburn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"The personal knowledge aided by extensive archival research and always compelling, accessible writing make this an instant-classic music biography with something to offer all generations of listeners."
Veteran music writer Hilburn (Cornflakes with John Lennon, 2009) masterfully separates fiction from fact in an exhaustive, but never exhausting, biography of the legendary musician. Read full book review >
STARTING AT ZERO by Jimi Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A must-read for fans and scholars of classic rock."
A posthumous "autobiography" of the rock god constructed from interviews, diaries, song lyrics, letters and other texts. Read full book review >

THE SIMPSONS AND THEIR MATHEMATICAL SECRETS by Simon Singh
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A fun trip with the "ultimate TV vehicle for pop culture mathematics.""
Higher math for dummies, courtesy of The Simpsons. Read full book review >
NICHOLSON by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Too tawdry by half and as groundbreaking as a Wikipedia entry."
There is nothing in these pages from celebrity biographer Eliot (Steve McQueen, 2011) that will come as a surprise to those who have followed the actor through his career and personal life. Read full book review >
THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN LETTERS by Leonard Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Bernstein emerges as highly literate, compassionate, astonishingly busy and gifted almost beyond measure."
Nearly 60 years of revealing letters to and from the composer of West Side Story, a musical colossus who stood with one foot on Broadway, the other in whatever of the world's symphony halls he wished. Read full book review >

CRASH AND BURN by Artie Lange
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"For Howard Stern devotees, the stoners who harassed members of the school band in the high school cafeteria, and all their buddies doubled over with laughter beside them."
A tedious tale of substance abuse told by a self-admitted opiate-addicted, self-loathing slob. Read full book review >
ALL THE SONGS by Philippe Margotin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2013

"Essential for Beatles fans and a pleasure to read."
Quick: What's the last cover the Beatles ever recorded? Read full book review >
EMINENT HIPSTERS by Donald Fagen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"It's characteristic that the author knows what his readers want—the story of Steely Dan—and refuses to give it to them."
Not really a rock memoir, but rather a book as distinctively peculiar and edgy as one might expect from the co-founder of Steely Dan. Read full book review >
MURDOCH'S WORLD by David Folkenflik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"While chapters on Fox News—though amusing and of interest to American media watchers—can seem like material from another book entirely, Folkenflik lucidly and effectively sorts out the complicated phone-hacking story and its political ramifications."
The story of the global Murdoch media empire's alternately triumphant and tumultuous journey into the 21st century. Read full book review >
LAST NIGHT AT THE VIPER ROOM by Gavin Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"For Phoenix fans who want to relive that night and mourn what might have been."
Twenty years later, the overdose death of a promising young actor doesn't seem to be quite enough to fill a book, even one as well-written as this one. Read full book review >
WONDER OF WONDERS by Alisa Solomon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Everything a Fiddler fan could hope to learn but with little to entice general readers."
Raising the roof on one of the most successful and resonant works in the history of Broadway. Read full book review >
ROBERT PLANT by Paul Rees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"For die-hard fans only. Zeppelin fanatics will want to turn to Stephen Davis' hoary Hammer of the Gods (1985), which, though covering only the band and not Plant's solo decades, isn't as painful to read."
By-the-numbers biography of the shaggy rocker. Read full book review >