Search Results: "Elijah Wald"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 2006

"'The hitchhiker's most constant, implacable enemy,' writes Wald, 'is simple boredom.' Readers of his book may share the feeling."
Tedious chronicle of a cross-country hitchhiking trip. Read full book review >

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DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC! by Elijah Wald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2015

"An enjoyable slice of 20th-century music journalism almost certain to provide something for most readers, no matter one's personal feelings about Dylan's music or persona."
Music journalist and musician Wald (Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap, 2014, etc.) focuses on one evening in music history to explain the evolution of contemporary music, especially folk, blues, and rock.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"One of those rare books that aims to upend received wisdom and actually succeeds."
A bracing, inclusive look at the dramatic transformation in the way music was produced and listened to during the 20th century. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Some solid observations ultimately get mired in the Mississippi mud."
A reconsideration of the Mississippi blues singer's legend in the context of the popular music of his time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

This companion volume to an upcoming PBS series on the southern roots of American music, drafted by a writer for the show (Wald) and its director (Junkerman), is a particularly varied and moving example of its genre. Read full book review >

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THE MAYOR OF MACDOUGAL STREET by Dave Van Ronk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"A must for those with an interest in the music, and of great appeal as well for anyone who enjoys a roistering life story recounted in a lively narrative voice."
Charming, evocative autobiography by one of the key figures in the mid-20th-century folk revival. Read full book review >

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EXPLODING THE GENE MYTH by Ruth Hubbard
NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1993

"The moral of the story is that the pendulum swings both ways, but the truth lies somewhere in the middle. (Seven illustrations)"
Harvard biologist and feminist Hubbard and her son (as well as her Nobel laureate husband, George Wald) have long championed the antibiotechnology cause, raising the specter of genetic determinism, eugenics, and social control (read ``fascism'') that they see as imminent in genetics research. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It's a huge business, drugs, drug-fueled revolution, and singing about them, and Wald does a superb job of taking his readers into that world."
A fascinating journey south and north of the border on the trail of songs about marijuana, cocaine, and Monica Lewinsky. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2011

"People-watching from a scientist with a message."
An urban ethnographer studies the racial dynamics of semi-public spaces in Philadelphia and finds in them the possibility of a new social civility among city dwellers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1996

"Wald writes with a simplicity and frankness that are unusual but perfectly suited to her subject."
Strange and unsettling stories of sadomasochism (originally self-published) from a newcomer who obviously knows the territory. Read full book review >

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THE FORT ON FOURTH STREET by Lois Spangler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Readers will be 'plane' inclined to ditch this screw-up. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
An introduction to simple machines that goes wrong at "Fort" and just gets worse. Read full book review >