Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Recommended for moms and dads whose daughters want to grow up to be rock musicians—and (of course) their rockin' daughters. (Author tour)"
A tour of the contemporary pop music industry with one of America's most promising new bands, whose three members happen to be women. Read full book review >
SCOTT JOPLIN by Edward W. Berlin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"For one-stop shoppers, Berlin edges out the competition, thanks to his more thorough knowledge of music. (Illustrations, not seen)"
The second biography of legendary ragtime composer Joplin to appear this year (the first was Susan Curtis's Dancing to a Black Man's Tune: A Life of Scott Joplin, p. 450), written from the perspective of a musicologist. Read full book review >

SWING CHANGES by David Ware Stowe
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Although it begins to run out of steam in its last two chapters, much like the Swing Era itself, this is an intelligent and lively book, peppered with astute historical and musical observations."
This excellent book on the Swing Era, its music and meaning, is a model of interdisciplinary social history, combining music, business, economics, and politics in a seamless and fascinating chronicle. Read full book review >
MOGULS AND MADMEN by Jory Farr
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Ultimately, these moguls don't seem very mad at all; though Farr disapproves of many of their actions (he faults Rubin for recording controversial acts like rap's Geto Boys), one ends up admiring all eight, especially given the harsh lives they've overcome."
Though uneven, this volume is full of wild stories about the men behind the most important—and atrocious—popular music of the last ten years. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"In its moving evocation of lost times, this does for pro football what Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer did for baseball."
A lovely memoir of a sports-mad kid growing up in Baltimore during the 1950s—funny and bittersweet. Read full book review >

OCTOBER 1964 by David Halberstam
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A powerful and entertaining examination of the forces transforming baseball, and the country, in a pivotal period in the history of America and its national pastime."
The riveting story of how two very different baseball teams, reflective of the times in America, got to the 1964 World Series. Read full book review >
FRITZ REINER by Philip Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"This substantial study makes the reader hungry for the same treatment of Reiner's contemporaries: How about Eugene Ormandy, Charles Munch, Paul Paray, or Thomas Schippers, Mr. Hart? (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A worthy addition to the small shelf of famous-maestro biographies relying on thoughtful scholarship rather than hype. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 11, 1994

"The reader is left knowing immeasurably more about Moe Berg, and caring immeasurably less. (16 pages b&w photos)"
Magazine writer Dawidoff (Sports Illustrated, New Yorker, New Republic) reduces one of baseball's most colorful characters mostly to monochrome. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1994

"Full of good stories and sure to warm the hearts of anyone who hates the Yankees."
Sprightly recounting of the years between the end of the great New York Yankees dynasty of the 1950s and '60s and the team's revival in the late 1970s. Read full book review >
JORDAN by Mitchell Krugel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1994

"Includes a handy listing of Jordan statistics and records, and some interesting basketball lore and history; but there's really little new here. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Yet another book about the ``retired'' basketball superstar, this one with passages written as if by Jordan, from ``Michael's perspective,'' though not in his ``exact words.'' Krugel, a sportswriter for the Hammond (Ill.) Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1994

"A work of genuine intellectual nourishment, brief but brilliant."
Short, extremely perceptive discussions about ``meaning'' and ``understanding'' in serious music that will captivate new listeners as well as the musically tuned-in. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1994

What better event than a newspaper strike to show the gulf between the assumptions of the American labor movement and the realities of the information economy? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >