Book Review | The History Press | Review by Liam Wilkinson There’s a timeless charm about Cleethorpes. If you look beyond the garish facades of the Lincolnshire seaside town’s amusement arcades, fish and chip takeaways and gift shops, you’ll find a few alluring treasures of decades passed. There’s the ornate balustrades of the shops along … Continue reading Jed Pitman – The Invisible Man: The Story of Rod Temperton
Book Review | Grand Central Publishing | Review by Liam Wilkinson There’s a scene in Michael Apted’s 1980 biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter in which a thirty-year-old Patsy Cline offers her old maternity clothes to a pregnant Loretta Lynn, a gesture not only of kindness but of love. There’s a magic in that relationship, beautifully captured … Continue reading Loretta Lynn – Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline
Book Review | Weidenfeld & Nicolson | Review by Liam Wilkinson Philip Norman has steadily carved a niche for himself over the years. Since the 1981 release of Shout!, his somewhat controversial book about The Beatles, Norman has provided us with the go-to biographies of such notable musicians as Elton John, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, … Continue reading Philip Norman – Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix
Book Review | Hachette Books | Review by Liam Wilkinson The mythology associated with Robert Johnson will, most likely, never be shaken off. Whenever we hear those beautifully haunting recordings of “Sweet Home Chicago”, “Terraplane Blues” and “Come On In My Kitchen”, it’s so easy to let that unique voice and slide guitar carry us … Continue reading Annye C. Anderson and Preston Lauterbach – Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson
Book and CD Review | Scratching Shed Publications/Talking Cat Recordings | Review by Graham Smout Well-known English folk fiddler, Tom Kitching of the band Pilgrims' Way, has published his first book, Seasons of Change. It’s an engaging and well-written account of his Busking England project resulting from 18 months visiting English towns, cities and villages … Continue reading Tom Kitching – Seasons of Change – Busking England.
Thro’ My Eyes: A Memoir - Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton | Book Review | Route | Review by Allan Wilkinson | 01.01.19 I picked up Iain Matthews’ autobiography during the break between two sets at an intimate Matthews’ Southern Comfort gig in an unassuming Pontefract pub, having just witnessed a rather fine opening set … Continue reading Archive: Book Reviews