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Mad World Book Interview With Lori Majewski

Posted by on May.07, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

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The excellent Mad World book is an oral history that tells the story of New Wave from 1979-1985 through the words of the artists who epitomized, changed and shaped the genre. Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein are perfect co-authors and foils.

The book starts with an introduction by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. Then each chapter focuses on an artist and their seminal song. Bernstein and Majewski add their take, and the artist tells their story in a monologue style.  Each chapter ends with a “then and now” update and finally, a mix tape list that guides you to other songs you might enjoy.  36 artists are included and you may think you know a lot about your favorites, but there are many surprises that unfold from the artists stories.

In this interview we highlight some of the artists in the book including Duran Duran, The Smiths and New Order, discuss the influence of New Wave on current artists and find out why a popular band fired their lead singer at the height of their popularity….and that’s just the beginning of that epic feud.

Buy the book. Find outtakes, more mixtapes, book signings and all things Mad World at their website. Here’s the Twitter and Facebook.

Scott Heim Talks First Time I Heard Book… Series

Posted by on Nov.06, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

You may know novelist Scott Heim from his books We Disappear, In Awe, and Mysterious Skin (from which the Gregg Araki film of the same name was adapted).

But these days he’s in the middle of creating a remarkable E-book series called The First Time I Heard… The series’ concept is quite simple, but ingenious.  Heim asks an eclectic and brilliant mix of musicians and writers to talk about their first encounter with the music of specific iconic bands.  The resulting compendiums contain often personal and always compelling remembrances of these artists’ initial listens to the music of The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division/New Order, Kate Bush, and David Bowie.  Naturally much of the commentary is fawning, but not everyone has fond recall of their assigned artist, and that makes these books feel even more honest.

And with a cast of contributors including Miki Berenyi (Lush), Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Joan As Policewoman, David Gedge (The Wedding Present), Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), Harold Budd, and David Narcizo (Throwing Muses), this series is a chance not just to hear about the music, but to enjoy the storytelling styles of the musicians involved outside of the context of their usual medium.

In this interview we talk about putting the series together, what books are in the works, and the power of older siblings as musical tastemakers.

Buy any (or all) of the First Time I Heard Series. Follow Scott on Twitter. Visit Scott’s official website/blog. Find out more about the book on Facebook.

News Roundup: Pete Townshend on Morning Joe, Grizzly Bear cooks and more

Posted by on Oct.15, 2012, under News No Comments

-You can still enter to win a copy of Tony Fletcher‘s new book A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga Of The Smiths until October 21st. The book will be released on December 4th.

-Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear announced he’s writing a cookbook with Random House.

-If you love Slash, you’ll want to see over twenty years of previously unreleased photos of him in the new book Slash: An Intimate Portrait with a foreward from Ronnie Wood.

-Lisa Carver’s Reaching Out With No Hands:Reconsidering Yoko Ono is a fascinating read.

-Pete Townshend stopped by Morning Joe this morning to talk about his book Who I Am.

-CMJ starts tomorrow. Here’s Spin’s Top 25 acts to see.

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News Round Up: Brooklyn Book Festival, The Smiths And More

Posted by on Sep.17, 2012, under News No Comments


-The Brooklyn Book Festival starts this week and ends on Sunday September 23rd.

-Is there more to life than Smiths books?

-William Morrow releases Kenny Rogers bio Luck or Something LIke It  on October 2nd. Here are more details and an exclusive excerpt.

-Out tomorrow,  author Alex Woodward has brought together bands like Nickel Creek, Switchfoot and New Found Glory to collaborate on For The Sender: Four Letters, Twelve Stories, One Song. This may be the first ever book, album and concert event collaboration.  Read more about the letters and lyrics and see song clips, and videos about each letter on the project’s website.

Weekend Reads: James Brown And “The First Time I Heard” Series

Posted by on Aug.17, 2012, under News No Comments

The dog days of Summer are making us lazy.  But, before we leave for the beach here’s two books we’d take:

The One: The Life and Music of James Brown. Beautifully written and researched but never dry and boring, RJ Smith reveals the many facets of the master showman. Don’t miss the “Weekend At Bernie’s”- like story involving Al Sharpton, a van and a deceased James Brown.

–Anything from The First Time I Heard series of books.  These are first hand accounts from interesting people in and around the music artists’ world describing the exact moment when they first heard iconic albums from bands like The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division, Kate Bush, David Bowie and more.

And for your listening pleasure, Good Old War got major props for their performance on Kimmel this week.  Here’s a clip from the show.

Courtney E. Smith Interview: “Record Collecting For Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album At A Time”

Posted by on Oct.26, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

“Record Collecting For Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album At A Time” by Courtney E. Smith is, as Publisher’s Weekly said, “for anyone whose day has a soundtrack.”

With over ten years experience working in the music industry, including eight years at MTV where she worked as a music programmer and manager of label relations, Smith expertly weaves her experiences and her life-long love of music into each chapter. Smith’s writing endears herself to the reader as part best-friend, part mentor and part tour-guide, giving you a shot-gun seat on the ride that is her musical journey.

In this interview, we talk about the playlists in the book, Elvis Costello, guilty pleasures, funeral music, and why Smith cautions all girls against dating a hardcore The Smiths fan. Buy Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time.  Find Courtney on Twitter.