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. 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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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: 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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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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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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DEXTER BEXLEY AND THE BIG BLUE BEASTIE ON THE ROAD by Joel Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Readers will be perfectly happy just to be on the ride. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie are at it again in this entertaining sequel to their eponymous debut (2007). Read full book review >

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ADDIS BERNER BEAR FORGETS by Joel Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Written in spare rhythmic language, the text lends itself to being read aloud; however, a close inspection of the illustrations is absolutely necessary for full understanding and enjoyment of this subtle, lovely tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Addis Berner Bear, a brown bear, arrives in a large, nameless city amidst the chaos of swirling snow, speeding cars and rushing holiday shoppers. Read full book review >

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LEROY AND THE CAVEMAN by Joel Matus
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"With well-drawn characters and a humorous spirit akin to Barbara Park's, a creditable first novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Leroy can't play baseball and has trouble confronting bullies, but he discovers he has the right stuff after all when he meets some German spies and a ``Neanderthal man.'' Four boys are harassing Leroy after his sixth-grade team loses because he strikes out. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO EHVENOR by Joel Rosenberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"An inflatable yarn with no real reason for being."
A long, long road indeed: sixth of Rosenberg's fantasy ``Guardians of the Flame'' series (The Warrior Lives, 1988), wherein various characters from Earth struggle to right wrongs in a world where magic works. Read full book review >