Search Results: "Stephen L. Davis"


BOOK REVIEW

DALLAS 1963 by Bill Minutaglio
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Despite the calendar slog, the authors make a compelling, tacit parallel to today's running threats by extremist groups."
In a chronological, episodic narrative that grows somewhat tedious yet chilling, Minutaglio (City on Fire: The Explosion That Devastated a Texas Town and Ignited a Historic Legal Battle, 2004, etc.) and Davis (J. Frank Dobie, 2009, etc.) unearth the various fringe elements rampant in Dallas in the three years (from January 1960 to November 1963) preceding John F. Kennedy's assassination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 1993

"And Davis's lumpy narration, with its perfunctory dialogue, hardly redeems itself as fiction."
Ostensibly a novel about the legendary Moroccan tribe of musicians, this awkward narrative by the rock critic Davis (Hammer of the Gods, 1985) reads more like a work of pop ethnomusicology. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A somewhat ragged but intriguing time capsule, sure to appeal to Zeppelin and classic-rock fans."
Rock journalist and biographer Davis (Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses, 2008, etc.) commemorates Led Zeppelin's 1975 U.S. tour. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"An engrossing cultural narrative, riddled with bombastic prose."
A detailed biography of the Rolling Stones, emphasizing musical minutiae and salacious recollections. Read full book review >

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GOLD DUST WOMAN by Stephen Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"An entertaining rock biography, even if you're a take-it-or-leave-it fan of the singer."
An unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks (b. 1948), best known as the lead singer for Fleetwood Mac. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A competent retelling of one woman's successful—though personally troubled—emergence into the 1970s music scene."
The story of singer-songwriter Carly Simon's rise to stardom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1993

"A cake you eat for its raisins. (Twenty b&w photographs)"
A history of the Hollywood factory system that leaps, handy- dandy, between the intimate and the commonplace, drawing from hundreds of interviews with Tinseltown folk conducted by the Southern Methodist University Oral History Program, which Davis (Hollywood Beauty, 1991) founded. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"A personal scrapbook that shines a light on the devotion of Soupy Sales' following, but ultimately leaves readers wanting to know more about the person behind the celebrity."
In this debut tribute, a fan-turned-friend revisits journal entries to share fond memories she has of entertainer Soupy Sales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY MARTIN by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"Martin's star quality prevails."
Affectionate but not airbrushed portrait of the Broadway diva who got her first big break with a naughty Cole Porter song but flew into legend in a children's classic. Read full book review >

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VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1991

"Well done, quite believable, in some ways a model celebrity bio in its method, although the writing is not distinguished and any study of Darnell's acting talentslimited though they wereis scanted."
Warm, richly researched life of dark-haired, limpid-eyed Linda Darnell, who made her first picture at 15 playing an adult and seemingly kept her face-in-the-twilight flawlessness fresh forever. Read full book review >