Search Results: "David Ritz"


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IT'S A LONG STORY by Willie Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Amiable but with an edge, and good reading for Nelson's legion of followers."
The beloved outlaw country icon rolls a fat one for his fans and sits down on the porch to spin a few yarns. Read full book review >

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ROCKS by Joe Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Much like Aerosmith's career, this candid memoir will be cheered by fans, but rock critics will likely be underwhelmed."
Founding member and lead guitarist of American rock band Aerosmith details his life and times in this autobiography. Read full book review >

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BLUE NOTES UNDER A GREEN FELT HAT by David  Ritz
Released: May 23, 1989

Once again, as in his The Man Who Moved The Dodgers Back to Brooklyn (1981), Ritz takes on a heavily sentimentalized, nostalgic trip—this one back to the bustling 1940's. Read full book review >

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RESPECT by David Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An honest and genuinely respectful portrait of a true diva by a writer who feels the power of her art."
A biography of the "Queen of Soul" by the co-author of her memoir, From These Roots (1999). Read full book review >

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FAITH IN TIME by David  Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"An invaluable life narrative of a key jazz stylist that raises disturbing questions about the shabby treatment accorded Scott's musical generation."
The moving, startling tale of a near-forgotten jazz master's return from oblivion. Read full book review >

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PASSION FLOWERS by David  Ritz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Sappy, soapy, and forgettable."
Ritz (a biography of Marvin Gaye, Divided Soul, 1985) follows one spicy show-biz melodrama (Family Blood, 1991) with another: this time in the tale of three generations of black female performers pounding on closed doors in Hollywood and New York. Read full book review >

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TAKE IT OFF, TAKE IT ALL OFF! by David  Ritz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"Ritz (Family Blood, 1992, etc.) stuffs this poorly paced saga with so many overripe period markers that it reads like a commercial for 1945."
Nobody's interested when apprentice stripper Teresa Johnson gets stabbed and mutilated in her West Side apartment a month after V-E Day. Read full book review >

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SANCTIFIED BLUES by Mable John
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2006

"Over the top, but many readers will go wild for this gospel-spouting, life-affirming story."
From beginning to end, the Lord is the most significant character in this determined, lively novel, a spiritually confident first collaboration between music author Ritz (Howling at the Moon, 2003, etc.) and R&B-singer-turned-minister John. Read full book review >

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RICKLES’ BOOK by Don Rickles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2007

"Get into the old tux, Rickles, and get back to work. And we say that, of course, with love."
Big-time insult comic decides to write a book. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES by Lang Lang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2008

"A true rags-to-riches story told with fervor and variety."
The 25-year-old Chinese piano prodigy chronicles his coming of age. Read full book review >

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RAGE TO SURVIVE by Etta James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Not exactly an uplifting story, but plenty of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll to keep the fans happy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A better-than-average up-from-the-ghetto, as-told-to life story by the R&B diva. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2004

"As drug-crazed, booze-swilling megalomaniacs go, Yetnikoff makes excellent company."
Yetnikoff, head of CBS Records Group from the mid-'70s through the '80s, looks back on his addled joyride at the top of the American music business. Read full book review >