REVIEWS:

Informed and inquiring rock fans want to know: What’s the read on the latest albums and reissue releases and live performances by classic and newer artists? What biopics, dramatic movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and on home entertainment formats and sources? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our expert and aesthetically discerning crew of reviewers offer their assessments and also take a second look at notable works in our Rewind reviews.

Wilko Johnson Film Explores Life and Death

He is likely best-known in America not for his music with the band Dr. Feelgood – who achieved even-less-than-cult-status in the US though well known in his native England – but for his role as the mute executioner, in Game of Thrones

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Who Were Who Managers Lambert & Stamp?

Lambert & Stamp Directed by James D. Cooper Around the same time the Beatles movie Help! sparked the creation of the Monkees, two aspiring filmmakers in London decided making a rock movie was the way to launch their own careers.

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Doug Sahm’s Groove Captured in New Documentary

Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove Directed by Joe Nick Patoski Doug Sahm died at age 58 in November of 1999. You could say he passed before his time, or maybe he was just so much of his

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Wrecking Crew Doc Honors LA Studio Musicians

The ace musicians performed on literally hundreds of recordings by the Beach Boys, Mamas and the Papas, Sonny & Cher, the Righteous Brothers and more

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A Momentous Day for the Stones

This DVD is short on songs – only 7 of the 14 played at their historical free Hyde Park concert in 1969 – but it’s like a time machine visit to the event.

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So Many Roads Brings The Grateful Dead Into Sharp Focus

In So Many Roads author David Browne delves into the “long strange trip” of the Grateful Dead and makes sense of it all in a “smart & satisfying” band bio

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Viv Albertine’s ‘Fascinating’ Punk Rock Memoir

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press) In A Word: Unsparing If you were a fan of the Slits and their sui generis, serrated, feral music, it should come as

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Billy Idol Recounts Dancing With Danger

Idol recalls his punk-rock past, wild years on booze & drugs plus English family background to give an honest look at the star and the man behind the sneer.

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Mick Fleetwood’s Book is All About the Love

The Mac leader’s bio a very touching love story about his deep and abiding affection for music, drumming, his band and its current and past players

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Wilco Brings Back (Some of) the Fun

Rather than making an album with the implied stature of “masterpiece” etched into its grooves, Wilco keeps it short, snappy and fun on its ninth studio LP, yet without forsaking the experinentalism that has been the band’s hallmark since Yankee Foxtrot Hotel.

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