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April 2014
When we see the stars and planets in the sky, we can think of different life forms that might exist on these strange alien worlds.

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with Karl J. Hricko
WNTI Book Reviews
Book Reviews
By WNTI'S Scott Acton
Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and FoundJerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found
By: Joe Bonomo
(Continuum Publishing)
"The compelling story behind the greatest live record ever!..."
      - Blaine Cartwright, Nashville Pussy  

Little Richard - The Birth of Rock 'N' RollLittle Richard - The Birth of Rock 'N' Roll
Author: David Kirby
(Continuum Books)
His live stage show is still a thing to behold... a true original

The Levon Helm Midnight RambleThe Levon Helm Midnight Ramble
By: Paul LaRaia (Photographs) / Levon Helm (Foreword)
(BackBeat Books)
About 'the best jam session in the rock universe' - Rolling Stone magazine

They Dared Return - The True Story of Jewish Spies behind the Lines in Nazi GermanyThey Dared Return - The True Story of Jewish Spies behind the Lines in Nazi Germany
Author: Patrick K. O'Donnell
(Da Capo Press)
'If the Jewish 5 were captured it meant death. If they survived... ending of the war.... '

Paul McCartney - A LifePaul McCartney - A Life
By: Peter Ames Carlin
(Touchstone/ Simon and Schuster)
'...traces Paul's meteoric rise from a devastated teenage boy who lost his Mom...'

UPDATED - Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination
Author: Lamar Waldron and Tom Hartmann
(Counterpoint Publishers)
Updated paperback released... murder of JFK... Dec. 10th Discovery Channel documentary [...more]

Best Music Writing 2009
By: Greil Marcus - Guest Editor, Daphne Carr - Series Editor
(Da Capo Press)
'With a little something for fans of nearly every kind of popular music...'

Sh-Boom! The Explosion of Rock n' Roll (1953-1968)
Author: Clay Cole
(Morgan James)
Clay Cole's new collection of memoirs

Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life
Author: Robert Hilburn     (Introduction by Bono)
...most amazing association was with John Lennon ...only interview with Bob Dylan during his 'born again' period

Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, "The List", and the Spirit of Southern Music
Author: Michael Streissguth
(DaCapo Press)
Author Streissguth is perhaps the best known authority on the Cash family...

East To The Dawn - The Life Of Amelia Earhart
Author: Susan Butler
(DaCapo Press/ Perseus Books)
'...a well researched biography of the first lady of flight that provided source material for the new movie.'

By The Time We Got To Woodstock - The Great Rock n' Roll Revolution of 1969
Author: Bruce Pollack
(Backbeat Books/ Hal Leonard)
'...a detailed, compelling, and often humorous look at this one year in music history.'

Whispering Pines - The Northern Roots of American Music...From Hank Snow to The Band
Author: Jason Schneider
(ECW Press)
Canadian musicians' '...contributions to Canada's---and the world's---artistic treasury.'

The Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee
Author: Allen Barra
(W.W. Norton & Company)
'...a complete portrayal of the man, the athlete, and the comedian'

Weed Man: The Remarkable Journey of Jimmy Divine
Author: John McCaslin
(Published by Thomas Nelson)
'Every once in a while you come across a true story that reads like the greatest fiction.'

The Impossible Dream - The Story of Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers
Author: Anthony Reynolds
(Jawbone Press)
'...understand the beauty and magic of Scott and John's unique vocal blend... exquisite orchestrations.'

Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson
Author: Edited by Anita Thompson
(Da Capo Press)
'......a close and personal look at the great gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson.'

Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-two Days That
Decided World War II

Authors: David Downing
(Da Capo Press)
Author David Downing gives us a fresh and unique perspective on three crucial weeks, November 17 thru December 8, 1941.

The Supremes - A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success,
and Betrayal

Author: Mark Ribowsky
(Da Capo Press/ Perseus)
440 pages with b/w photos
'...three girls from the Detroit projects, their meteoric rise
and bitter disintegration... one of the best music books written in 2009.'
The Hound Dog - The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography
Authors: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller with David Ritz
(Simon and Schuster)
336 pages with b/w photos
A must read for anyone who ever danced to a 45 rpm record
or sang along with a transistor radio.

The Best Game Ever - Pirates vs. Yankees October 13, 1960
Authors: Jim Reisler
Never before had Pittsburgh seen such a celebration.

Forever Blue: The True Story Of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles
Author: Michael D'Antonio
(Penguin/Riverhead Books)
The True Story Of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner

Soldiers Once - My Brother and the Lost Dreams of America's Veterans
Authors: Catherine Whitney
(Da Capo Press)
'War is Hell... When will it end... When will people start getting together again?'

Record Makers and Breakers - Voices of the Independent Rock 'N' Roll Pioneers Author: John Broven (University of Illinois Press)
'...the depth of factual details is incredible... but it's presented in the style of a rich oral history...'

Tell the Truth Until They Bleed - Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll
Authors: Josh Alan Friedman
(Backbeat Books/ Hal Leonard)
'We will never see the likes of these creative minds as profiled by Friedman.
Highly recommended.'

Growing Up Dead - The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead
Author: Peter Conners (DaCapo Press)
'The Deadhead subculture was rich and fascinating, and this book is a terrific documentation of it.'

The Cool Gent-The Nine Lives Of Radio Legend Herb Kent
Authors: Herb Kent and David Smallwood
(Lawrence Hill Books/ Chicago Review Press)
'Radio truly is 'Theatre Of The Mind' thanks to a legend such as Herb Kent!!'

Also interview with the author: Contours - 4-12-09

Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination
Author: Lamar Waldron and Tom Hartmann
(Counterpoint Publishers)
'...one of the most important books released in 2009.'

Apocalypse Jukebox
Authors: David Janssen and Edward Whitelock
(Soft Skull Press)
'A refreshing look at how contemporary music has dealt with the great unknown.'

Also upcoming interview with the author:
Contours - 3-22-09

Under Their Thumb - How A Nice Jewish Boy From Brooklyn Got Mixed Up With The Rolling Stones (And Lived To Tell About It)
Author: Bill German
(Villard/Random House)
'This is a wonderful inside look at the Rolling Stones... highly recommended to all music lovers..'

So You Want To Be A Rock N Roll Star - The Byrds Day-by-Day 1965-1973
Author: Christopher Hjort
(Jawbone Press)
'This is the most compelling and complete account of The Byrds ever published.'

Also upcoming interview with the author - date/time TBA.

Beatletoons- The Real Story Behind The Beatles Cartoons
Author: Mitchell Axelrod
(Wynn Publishing)
'Ok...Raise your hands...how many of you remember the Beatles Cartoons which debuted on the ABC Television Network on September 25, 1965?'

Also hear interview with author Mitchell Axelrod on Things We Said Today Wed., Feb. 18, 2009 / 8 pm

Comfortably Numb- The Inside Story of Pink Floyd
Author: Mark Blake
(Da Capo Press)
'...first full length history of the Floyd in over 15 years and tells the story of how a group of former schoolmates from Cambridge UK went on to conquer the music world'

Also hear interview with author Mitchell Axelrod on Feb. 8, 2009 Contours

Appetite for Self-Destruction - The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age
Author: Steve Knopper
(Free Press/ Simon and Schuster)
'...a wake up call for the music industry, as well as other content driven industries'
Book Reviews By
Bill Nutt
Written By Grant Morrison
THERE'S STILL LIFE IN THE OLD BAT - Nearly 70 years after his debut, the Batman remains one of the most complex and fascinating superheroes on the market, particularly in the current series written by iconoclastic author Grant Morrison.
August 18, 2008 Book Review By WNTI's Bill Nutt
Written By Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo
B.P.R.D. Written By Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis
Drawn by Jimmy Gownley
THE DEVIL YOU SAY- The Hellboy and B.P.R.D. graphic novels, with their melding of folklore, Lovecraftian fantasy and superheroics, are among the most consistently engaging and entertaining books on the market.
July 1, 2008 Book Review By WNTI's Bill Nutt
Amelia Rules!
Written and drawn by Jimmy Gownley
BRING THE FAMILY - Amelia Rules! is a series of graphic novels with quirky characters, touching insights and enough wit to engage readers from across the spectrum of ages.
May 8, 2008 Book Review By WNTI's Bill Nutt

Chinatown and the Mystery of Mr. Wicker
Written by Eric Powell
IT'S CHINATOWN, GOON - Chinatown and the Mystery of Mr. Wicker is a compelling mash-up of noir fiction, romance and fantasy, besides serving as an introduction to one of the most original characters in comics today: the Goon.
Mar. 25, 2008 Book Review By WNTI's Bill Nutt

R.I.P., STEVE GERBER, 1947-2008
An appreciation for the iconoclastic, unconventional comic book writer who left his mark with such titles as 'Howard the Duck', 'Man-Thing', 'The Defenders', 'Omega the Unknown', and 'Hard Time'
Feb. 29, 2008 Article By WNTI's Bill Nutt

Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrated by Niko Henrichion
"PRIDE OF BAGHDAD" - based on an actual event: During the American bombing of Baghdad in 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo and was found wandering through the city - brilliantly executed.
Jan. 31, 2008 Book Review By WNTI's Bill Nutt
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