Archive for the 'rock and roll book club' Category

Never Mind The Goldbergs!

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Another rock n’ roll book recommendation! Never Mind The Goldbergs by Matthue Roth is about an Orthodox Jewish punk teen who also becomes a Hollywood actress. Fun, fast, and entertaining!

My Punk Lists for Beige by Cecil Castellucci!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

I was honored to be asked by author Cecil Castellucci to give her my top punk song list (and movie list too) check it out!

Rock and Roll Book Catch-up

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I’ll start this off with a photo I took at Louis Vuitton where the window is celebrating late designer Stephen Sprouse, noted for his collaborations with Debbie Harry. Great window!

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I’ve still been reading plenty of books, just not posting about them. Sorry! Anyway, I wanted to post about Debbie Harry Sings in French, a YA novel about a punky straight, yet cross-dressing teen boy. His girlfriend Maria helps him cross dress as his idol, Debbie Harry and it is a fun and touching book. Much recommended!

I also just finished reading The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGBs: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, which has a lot of interesting info about the history of NY punk covering people like Lou Reed, The Dictators, The Ramones, and much more. I found it very interesting and it also gets into Jewish American history a bit. Also recommended!

Reading and rocking

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Been busy catching up on filing (taxes, etc.), reading, and rocking out. Books I’ve been reading: Little Vampire by Joann Sfar, Garage Band by Gipi, Steady Beat by Rivkah, and Love is a Mixed Tape by Rob Sheffield, to name a few.



I also got to see Skum City, a fun new punk band. Yay! Also drawing and writing away ^_^

The greatest book of all time!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Ok, maybe the greatest cat photo book of all time. John Lund’s Life According to Maude: A Photo Expose. This enjoyably campy photo book follows a sassy cat who likes to wear vintage hats, hang out at the salon, eat chocolates, drink cocktails, and spend days at pastry shops and cafes. My kind of kitty! Buy it! It’s genius!

Too Much Too Late by Marc Spitz

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

I know, another Marc Spitz book. I must admit the cover designs of his books really grabbed my attention and the stories are great too. This one is about a middle-aged drummer whose high school band reforms and is catapulted into instant fame via a teenage blogger. It follows their rise and fall in the music industry. Just great. His music background as a Spin journalist really informs his writing and it’s all pretty  believeable considering how popular blogs and bloggers are now.

Need More Love by Aline Kominsky Crumb

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

I absoluteley adore this book! I’m definitely in the camp that is more of an Aline fan than an R. Crumb fan. This hefty book is loaded with amazing comics, paintings, photos, and autobiographical musings by Aline. I thought it was beautiful, fascinating, and juicy. Highly recommended.

How Soon Is Never by Marc Spitz

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

This book is a good follow-up to Hairstyles of the Damned since both cover the story of awkward, punk, male adolescence. Though this one covers it in flashback. The main character is a burnt-out music writer. Joe Green is an ex-junkie who floats through his NYC life in a drunken haze reviewing cds and sleeping with random girls. Suddenly he falls in love with a girl at his magazine and finds she shares a passion for The Smiths. They were the band that saved his life in high school and broke his heart when they disbanded. Soon Miki and Joe are on a personal and professional mission to track down The Smiths and convince them to reform. They represent a return to purity for Joe, who has long felt lost and dirty. Since the author Marc Spitz is a journalist for Spin, it’s obvious he writes what he knows. I liked it!

Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I decided to move my long-running rock and roll book club over from blogger to here. Yay! In case you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a log of what I read with short comments. I only write up books I like, so here goes! Check out Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno. It’s about an adolescent boy in the suburbs drifting through the suburban punk, metal, and hardcore scenes in the early ’90s. He suffers a lot of those teenage maladies, he’s in love with his best friend, his parents are divorcing, he is a spazz. I liked the touches of his poems, mix tapes, and other cool stuff. It really reminded me of my teen years in a good way.