Well researched account of James Andrews who led a group of 20 Union soldiers (or spies) into Georgia to steal a Locomotive, cut telegraph lines and generaly create havoc as they made their way north to Chatanooga Tennesee where they were to link up with the Union Army.
If things had gone as planned, this would just be another forgotten chapter in Civil War history; they did not and what we were left with was one of the most action packed tales I've heard in a long time.
Well written and frightening account of the McCarthy-esc government crack down o the comic book industry during the 1950s. Less than ten years after WW2, American children were being encouraged to have mass comic book burnings by their teachers and religious leaders. Very scary stuff; I couldn't put it down.
Well written and narrated. I found this to be a good introduction to the subject of indigo, crystal, and rainbow children. But it is rather short and you'll want to do some more investigation afterwards.
There is some good info here and I wanted to like it but it is so detailed that it even exhausted a history geek like me.
Too bad there's not an abridged version.
I've been a Hendrix fan for longer than I care to remember and I've read just about everything I can find on the man. Unfortunately most of what I out there is not very well written or contains a lot of misinformation. And none of it deals with his Seattle years. This is just the opposite. It is extensively well researched; the writing flows well (as does the narration); and the first half is centered around Jimi's early life and career.
This book combind with Eddie Kramer's Setting The Record Straight is all the info you'll ever need on Hendrix.
Amazing chronicle of a man who's love for American roots music fueled the movement we now know as rock and roll. Ertegun began as a collector of jazz and blues records to become one of the most influencial people in the record industry. Discovering acts like Ray Charles, Buffalo Springfield, Sonny & Cher and Led Zeppelin to name a few. As well as producers Phil Spector, David Geffin Tom Dowd and list just keeps going. Ahmet Ertegun seemed to be in the vicinity of just about every important event in popular music for over 50 years.
What I found most scary was that ambassador Dodd, his daughter, and the rest of his family seemed to ignore what was going on in Germany rather than being surprised by it. This book shows just how quickly a country can be taken over from within.
I am extremely impressed with this audio book and will be recommending it to my students. The author takes the time to pay homage to many lesser known artists and musicians who laid the foundation of what we now know as rock and roll. Musicians like Charlie Patton, Jelly Roll Morton, and Son House, as well as promoters Alan Lomax, and John Hammond to name a few.
He also examines the role that segregation and racial predgudice in the evolution of this music; which seems to be conveniently left out most histories of rock.
Well written and researched book, gives Beefheart and the members of the Magic Band their due credit in evolution of rock and roll.
A well written and researched book covering Prima's (and Keely Smith's) life and career from New Orleans to New York, Las Vegas and back again. Lots of great information here, not only about Prima, Smith and company, but also about early jazz and Las Vegas during its hay day.
Unfortunately, I did not care for the narrator at all. His voice reminded me of Casey Kassem with that same sense of drama and timeing. He frequently mispronounced most of the Italian names and words, referring to Prima's bandleader ( who worked with him from 1953 until Prima's death) as Sam Beautera instead of Butera which became kind of maddening. This was just one of many mistakes he made throughout. I'm of the opinion that if they are going to hire a guy to read something they ought to be sure he can do it correctly.
I still liked the book and do recommend it.
I always liked reading Chris Miller's short stories in National Lampoon during the 1970's and was glad to find this on audible. I found myself laughing out loud a number of times while listening.
This is in no way highbrow stuff; not porn as another reviewer said, just stories about a bunch of guys who were completely out of control (some lucky to be alive) in college. And yes Lampoon fans, the Night of the Seven Fires is in here.
So wait until the family is out of town, grab a six pack and some camels, put on some James Brown (I know you still have that record), and enjoy.
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