REVIEWS:

What’s the read on the latest reissue releases and live performances by classic rock artists? What biopics, movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and at home? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our team also takes a fresh look at notable works in our Album Rewind series

Listless Andy Summers Doc

Subtitled “Surviving The Police,” one has to wonder just what guitarist Andy Summers had to overcome when superstardom ended – other than just that.

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Love & Mercy: Best Rock Star Biopic Ever?

The seemingly risky move of having two actors play Brian Wilson – Paul Dano as the young Beach Boy and John Cusack as the older Wilson – succeeds admirably in this emotionally compelling film that tells the legendary artist’s story with the ring of truth and uncanny accuracy.

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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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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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The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park Live 1969

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 ‘Play On’ Book: 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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