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Book Review: John Kruth’s contribution to the world of Beatles literature

John Kruth bookAuthor: John Kruth
Title: This Bird Has Flown: The Enduring Beauty of Rubber Soul, Fifty Years On
Publisher: Backbeat Books

Book Review by Dawoud Kringle

The Beatles have earned the title of musical legend. Like them or not, there is no denying that their influence and accomplishments have been nothing less than monumental. As such, volumes have been written about them. So, if one dares assume the mantle of “Beatles Biographer”, one had better be ready to make a real contribution to an already formidable (and densely populated) lexicon.

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Book Recommendation: David Byrne speaks about and around music

41IimGsn8OL._SX258_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Author: David Byrne
Title: How Music Works
Publisher: McSweeny’s Books
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Recommended by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

This is a book every musician should or must read. HOW MUSIC WORKS tells musicians what they should know about their metier. Here is a man who wants to share his knowledge and experience with us musicians. He writes very comprehensive. No doubt: he loves music and enjoys being a musician.

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Book Recommendation: “From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta” by Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D.

From Timbuktu To The Mississippi DeltaAuthor: Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D.
Title: From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta: How West African Standards of Aesthetics Shaped the Music of the Delta Blues (Revised First Edition)
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63487-105-1, 154 pages

The Music is so varied that we still have no real idea what African music is.

I do know this, though: When an African touches an instrument, whether that African is an extension like Louis Armstrong or a master healer from Morocco or Mississippi, that instrument becomes an African instrument.

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Recommended Book: Banning Eyre’s “Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and The Music That Made Zimbabwe”

Banning Eyre Author: Banning Eyre
Title: Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and The Music That Made Zimbabwe
Format: book (hard cover 416 pages) & CD
Publisher: Duke University Press Books (May 22, 2015)
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Author and guitarist Banning Eyre has spent over 20 years exploring music and history in Zimbabwe. The country’s greatest singer/bandleader, Thomas Mapfumo, began his epic career in the early 1970s. Now in exile, Mapfumo is both a brilliant musical innovator, a reviver and re-inventor of ancient traditions, and a persistent gadfly in the affairs of corrupt politicians, whether in white ruled Rhodesia or black ruled Zimbabwe. Mapfumo’s dramatic story, never before told in such detail, stands beside those of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Fela Kuti.

Banning will be doing events in many locations around the country this summer. (See for more).

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Book Review: Sun Ra ” The Execution of Sun Ra…” a must-read book!

Sun Ra book by Thomas StanleyAuthor: Thomas Stanley
Title: The Execution of Sun Ra: The Mysterious Tale of a Dark Body Sent to Earth to Usher in an Unprecedented Era of Cosmic Regeneration and Happiness (Volume II)
Format: Paperback
Publisher:  Wasteland Press (April 18, 2014)
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About the book: The Execution of Sun Ra is a 6 x 9″, 242-page paperback with b&w images by William Brower, Leon Collins, Yusef Jones, Lee Santa, Paula Stanley, Charles Steck, and Michael Wilderman. The cover illustration was done by Erica Fallin and the book design by Al Morrow. Author and cyberpunk theorist Kirby Malone provided editing. Kifah Foutah provided editorial assistance.

Review by Richard Bennett

Photo courtesy of Luke Stewart

Photo courtesy of Luke Stewart

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