Search Results: "Barney Hoskyns"


BOOK REVIEW

JONI by Barney Hoskyns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The book inevitably creates a desire to hear Mitchell's music and perhaps try to track down some of her artwork, which at the end of the day are the reason the book exists in the first place."
A patchwork collection of writing spanning Joni Mitchell's legendary career. Read full book review >

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THE LONELY PLANET BOY by Barney Hoskyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Still, a quick and enjoyable read."
British rock critic Hoskyns (Waiting for the Sun, 1996, etc.) dashes off a breezy ``pop romance'' that begins as a portrait of the critic as young hack and turns into a much darker comment on decadent rock culture. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 21, 1993

"Though relying heavily on others' material, a well-written, enjoyable account of a 60s legend."
British journalist Hoskyns (Vogue, Spin, etc.) wends his way through 60s mythology and the mystique of the remarkable rock group known as The Band' to deliver a nicely readable, straightforward bit of pop-music history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Much of this ground has otherwise been covered, and better, in Greil Marcus' Invisible Republic (1997). Still, fans of 1960s and '70s rock and music history buffs will find this a pleasure."
Veteran music writer Hoskyns (Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band, 2012, etc.) peels back the layers of a musical Shangri-La that has plenty of dark corners.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Though occasionally marred by mean spirits, this is an unusually lively, provocative study. (180 photos, not seen)"
A caustic, gossipy, refreshingly idiosyncratic history of the music business in Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2003

"For unreconstructed rockers who long for pre-Eminem/Britney days."
Solid collection of rock writing from the mid-1960s through the '90s, mostly by veteran scribes for magazines like Creem and New Musical Express. Read full book review >

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LOWSIDE OF THE ROAD by Barney Hoskyns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2009

"Worth it for the informative first half, but not the comprehensive assessment that Waits's artistry deserves."
The bard of musical lowlife receives a sometimes ill-tempered biography. Read full book review >

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ALL AROUND THE SEASONS by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Lacking the flare and humor of the stories featuring Saltzberg's usual characters (hamster Stanley and piglet Cornelius P. Mud), this rhyming look at the seasons falls a little flat. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A rhyming salute to the four seasons. Read full book review >

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CORNELIUS P. MUD, ARE YOU READY FOR SCHOOL? by Barney Saltzberg
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp2005 and perfectly captures the effervescence of childhood imagination. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cornelius, the irrepressible pig, is often upside down. Read full book review >

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CORNELIUS P. MUD, ARE YOU READY FOR BED? by Barney Saltzberg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"With only a few very large words per page for text, and figures placed against featureless, unevenly brushed backgrounds in the art, this helter-skelter bedtime ritual even has a David-ish look—but its unique tack makes it more that just borrowed goods. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In an amusing counterpart to David Shannon's instant classic No, David! (1998), a cheery piglet calls out affirmatives to a series of bedtime queries from an oblivious parent: "Have you put your toys away?" Read full book review >

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CHENGDU CAN DO by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A cozy declaration of independence—with a caveat that's not just for toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The roly-poly panda of Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep (2014) wakes up hungry. Read full book review >

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THE JOSHUA STONE by James Barney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"If, as one of the scientists in this book puts it, 'Einstein himself was confounded by this material,' the reader is merely underwhelmed."
Barney, whose 2011 debut The Genesis Key imagined a historical conspiracy involving the discovery of genes that control longevity, returns with a Bible-based thriller about ancient stones with the power to bend time. Read full book review >