Search Results: "David Ritz"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

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WHEN I LEFT HOME by Buddy Guy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2012

"Tasty as a Buddy Guy guitar lick, but seldom revelatory."
One of the last survivors of Chicago blues' golden age of the 1950s and '60s, Guy retravels a familiar route in this ingratiating but disappointingly slim as-told-to autobiography. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 1993

Wexler's account of how he talked his way into co-ownership of Atlantic Records and went on to produce some of the century's great pop music—all of which makes for some of the juiciest music history one could hope to find. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Shaffer's ingratiating hepcat charm saves what could have been just another celebrity's autobiographical ego trip."
Late Night with David Letterman veteran recalls his storybook rise from strip-club pianist to musical director of the "World's Most Dangerous Band." Read full book review >

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A WOMAN LIKE ME by Bettye LaVette
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Listen to the records and give this self-serving, embittered book a wide berth."
Unrepentant, unpleasant memoir by the well-traveled R&B vocalist. Read full book review >

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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Like a ballpark frank, it might be a little overdone, and some bits might be tough to swallow, but you can't help but enjoy it."
The pitcher who served up Bobby Thomson's 1951 pennant-winning homerun, the legendary "Shot Heard ‘Round the World," spins yarns from a bygone era when baseball was still king. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Alternately inspiring and anodyne."
PBS host Smiley (Hard Left, 1996) tells his rags-to-riches—or, more precisely, trailer-park-to-television-station—story. Read full book review >

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QUEEN PIN by Jemeker Thompson-Hairston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2010

"Too shallow to satisfy as a memoir, but may appeal to believers."
One woman's testimonial of her journey from willful child to drug lord to servant of God. Read full book review >