Search Results: "Joel Selvin"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating time capsule of a free-wheeling era in American music and society."
A thrilling story of a little-known songwriter and record producer of some of the greatest rhythm and blues hits. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"An often dramatic and compelling story that will serve as necessary reading for those who are too young (or too straight) to have been there and which will strike a chord of nostalgia among those who were. (Author tour)"
Selvin has provided an authoritative account full of rich details (sometimes too many) of the San Francisco music scene from 1965 to 1971. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"The detailing of the actual concert reads like old news, and the sourcing could be clearer, but this is a compelling analysis of an event that hadn't seemed like it needed anything more written about it."
An incisive account of the most infamous concert debacle in rock history. Read full book review >

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WEAR YOUR DREAMS by Ed Hardy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2013

"The lesson in this surprisingly heartfelt memoir by an iconic American tattoo artist is that the man is not always the brand."
Hardy's memoir/cautionary tale about art, commerce, skin and ink, written with the assistance of San Francisco Chronicle music writer Selvin (co-author: Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the '60s, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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BILLY JOEL by Mark Bego
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2007

"Plenty of factoids and musical insight about our Piano Man, but at the end of this catty biography, Billy Joel is still The Stranger."
The book that millions of fans have pined for…sort of. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2005

"A tidy synthesis, but not so insightful that it can succeed without the horse's mouth. (30 b&w photos)"
Though top-heavy on the business side, this look at pop idol Billy Joel pulls together many aspects of his life, even if they fail to cohere fully. Read full book review >

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SING TO ME by L.A. Reid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An entertaining, thoughtful account of the music business, one that would-be machers will want to study closely."
"I always know in a few seconds." Music mogul Reid reveals the secrets of the producer's trade. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A fun and fascinating read."
True crime meets pop-music history in this history of the Peppermint Lounge, the Twist and the Mafia's unwitting role in starting a national craze. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2016

"Though a balanced, objective study of the case would be useful and illuminating, Grumet does provide a readable look at the nitty-gritty of New York's political machine."
Post-mortem of an unusual Supreme Court case regarding the separation of church and state. Read full book review >

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I DREAMED I WAS A DOG by Joel  Nakamura
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2017

"A messy assemblage of convenient pieces that doesn't add up to a satisfying whole. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dream stories might not be straightforward, but they can be disappointing. Read full book review >

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FACE TO FACE WITH GRIZZLIES by Joel Sartore
ANIMALS
Released: May 8, 2007

"A glossy picture essay that young nature fans will enjoy browsing. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Tracking grizzlies from Alaska to the Rocky Mountains, a frequent National Geographic photographer, in a first book for children, gives young readers a first-hand account of daily life of these huge endangered mammals. Read full book review >