Dark Delicacies, a book store dedicated to the horror genre

 The title “Dark Delicacies” may sound like chocolate candy, but actually it’s the name of a book store that dwells solely in the horror genre. It’s in the midst of the Burbank ... Continue Reading →

“Photo Opportunities” – Book Review

“Photo Opportunities” by Madeline Yale and Corinne Vionnet (Kehrer Verlag) Photo books are an intriguing corner of the publishing world. As the world glides toward the fully digital, ... Continue Reading →

A Prince Among Stones: That Business With the Rolling Stones and Other Adventures, Prince Rupert Lowenstein (Bloomsbury)

One of the most unlikely pairings in rock and roll is a titled prince taking over the finances of the Rolling Stones. In this breezy autobiography, Prince Rupert Lowenstein tells that ... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on Big Band Music with the Sportsmen’s Lodge fun-loving Johnny Holiday Program

The Johnny Holiday Program at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Events Center in Studio City, California, was off to a great start with two shows over the past two months. Music lovers who were ... Continue Reading →

LIFE IN COLOR: National Geographic Photographs, curated by Annie Griffiths

With a veritable treasure trove of photography in its vaults from decades of devoted collecting, National Geographic has taken a clever approach in this lush coffee table book. The ... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar

Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar By Peter Benjaminson Chicago Review Press Mary Wells, best known for her 1964 hit My Guy, was Motown’s first female ... Continue Reading →

WAGING HEAVY PEACE by Neil Young (Blue Rider Press)

If anyone was going to place a bet several decades ago whether the era’s popular musicians would be writing intriguing autobiographies many years later, the odds would have been rather ... Continue Reading →

FUTURE PERFECT: The Case For Progress in a Networked Age, by Steven Johnson

The first book I read by Johnson (“Everything Bad for You is Good”) turned my head 180 degrees about everything from video games to TV.  The next book I read by him (“Where Good ... Continue Reading →