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Category: Book Reviews

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Book: FULL SERVICE – by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Fredericks

Book: FULL SERVICE – by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Fredericks

| 20 June 2013 | Reply

Publisher: Grove Press Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 “Although I am not a shy man,” writes Scotty Bowers in the preface to Full Service, “I have always been reticent to reveal details about what I have done.” That reticence is well and truly in the past, and he makes up for it by spilling the […]

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PETE TOWNSHEND – WHO I AM

PETE TOWNSHEND – WHO I AM

| 7 June 2013 | Reply

Published by Harper Collins Released: Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Starting strongly, Townshend draws the reader into his story with the skill of a novelist and storyteller – hardly surprising from the mastermind behind Tommy and Quadrophenia, who also spent many years as author/editor/publisher at Faber & Faber in the U.K. Soon enough though, he […]

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FADE TO BLACK – Hard Rock Cover Art Of The Vinyl Age, by Martin Popoff with Ioannis

FADE TO BLACK – Hard Rock Cover Art Of The Vinyl Age, by Martin Popoff with Ioannis

| 30 May 2013 | Reply

Capricorn Link Books Published January 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Once upon a time, brothers & sisters, teenagers spent their time scouring record stores for 12 inch slabs of black vinyl containing grooves of some of the most mind blowing, hormone-accelerating music ever made. It was the 60’s, the 70’s and – for this […]

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Book – Prince by Matt Thorne

Book – Prince by Matt Thorne

| 2 March 2013 | Reply

Publisher: Faber & Faber Released: October 2012 Reviewed by Shayne McGowan 5/10 I am a big fan of a good biography.  There has been so many that have been great lately, with Duff McKagan, Dave Mustaine and Steven Tyler being the picks of the bunch for me.  The thing that those three books have in […]

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BOOK – The Storyteller’s Daughter by Maria Goodin

BOOK – The Storyteller’s Daughter by Maria Goodin

| 2 February 2013 | Reply

Published by Allen & Unwin Published November 2012 Rrp: AUD$27.99 Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar The stories that our heroine was told throughout childhood about her birth, infancy, and general upbringing can be taken as quaint and sweet when you first come across them in this tale. You may even be thinking ‘what a novel way […]

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BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC – Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be, by Mick Wall

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC – Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be, by Mick Wall

| 28 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Orion Books, November 2012 Rrp AUD$32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 You can always count on a Mick Wall article or book being fuelled by his legendary meticulous research and insider knowledge.  AC/DC – Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be is no exception – delving deep into the beating heart of a […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Copendium – An Expedition Into The Rock n’ Roll Underworld, by Julian Cope

BOOK REVIEW – Copendium – An Expedition Into The Rock n’ Roll Underworld, by Julian Cope

| 28 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Faber and Faber, December 2012 Rrp AUD$59.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Julian Cope – solo artist and former leader of The Teardrop Explodes, author, loon and music obsessive – has compiled over a decade’s worth of reviews from his Head Heritage website Album Of The Month feature. Well, he calls them reviews […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Trampled Underfoot – The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin, by Barney Hoskyns

BOOK REVIEW – Trampled Underfoot – The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin, by Barney Hoskyns

| 28 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Faber and Faber, 1 October 2012 Rrp AUD$32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Interviewing almost 200 of the main players in the epic saga of Led Zeppelin, Barney Hoskyns has assembled a mostly impressive, thorough, and insightful ‘oral history’ of this most ground breaking of bands. Apart from a few intro paragraphs to […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Funniest Sporting Moments, by David Boon

BOOK REVIEW – Funniest Sporting Moments, by David Boon

| 28 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Allen & Unwin, 21 November 2012 Rrp AUD$19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Aussie cricket legend and famed larrikin Boony delivers a collection of his funniest sporting mishaps and moments in this witty and amusing almanac. Featuring quotes from soccer, baseball, football, rugby, golf and cricket as well as some miscellaneous gems, and […]

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BECK – Song Reader

BECK – Song Reader

| 12 December 2012 | Reply

Book/Album Published by Faber & Faber Released 11 December 2012 rrp AUD$35 hardcover Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 Beck Hansen has forged a career in defiance of the inherent limitations of the music industry by transcending genres, niches and stereotypes, amassing a body of work which is as diverse as it is brilliant, with little […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Makeup To Breakup by Peter Criss with Larry Sloman

BOOK REVIEW – Makeup To Breakup by Peter Criss with Larry Sloman

| 5 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Harper Collins Released: November 2012 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 KISS’s legendary “Catman” promises “to deliver an unvarnished and eye-opening personal tale of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll” with this bio, in collaboration with Larry “Ratso” Sloman, a veteran of similar books with Red Hot Chilli Pepper frontman Anthony Keidis and magician […]

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Book Review – Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

Book Review – Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

| 4 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Viking Published 2 October, 2012 rrp AUD$39.99 Reviewed by Domino A Dark Neil Young has quit drinking, stopped smoking weed and taken a year off song writing to focus on his autobiography.  A long-term habitual smoker, Young informs readers that almost every song he ever wrote was while stoned, and so understandably, is […]

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Book Review – “Lola Bensky” by Lily Brett

Book Review – “Lola Bensky” by Lily Brett

| 12 November 2012 | Reply

Published by Penguin Books rrp AUD$29.99 Reviewed by Dani DeVille 7/10 In 1967, Lola Bensky is a nineteen year-old, overweight, Jewish journalist, working for Australia’s biggest music magazine, “Rock Out”.  When Lola isn’t interviewing famous rock stars, she spends her time planning increasingly bizarre diets, ironing her hair, wondering whether Cher will ever give back […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Treasures of AC/DC by Jerry Ewing

BOOK REVIEW: Treasures of AC/DC by Jerry Ewing

| 1 November 2012 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Treasures of AC/DC by Jerry Ewing Allen & Unwin November 2012 $49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Jerry Ewing has assembled a potted history of Australia’s favourite rock band, complete with a miscellany of inserts and enclosures replicating tour and album posters, festival programmes, ticket stubs and press releases – even an AC/DC […]

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BOOK – MICK – The Wild Life & Mad Genius Of Mick Jagger – by Christopher Anderson

BOOK – MICK – The Wild Life & Mad Genius Of Mick Jagger – by Christopher Anderson

| 1 November 2012 | Reply

The Robson Press through NewSouth Books Released: August 2012 Rrp: AUD$34.99  NZ$44.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Christopher Anderson starts his treatise on the life and times of rock n’ roll’s greatest living frontman with the tale of the day Jagger was made a knight of the realm by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.  Painting […]

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Book review – What In God’s Name by Simon Rich

Book review – What In God’s Name by Simon Rich

| 3 October 2012 | Reply

Published by: Profile Books, through Allen & Unwin, rrp $27.99 Released: September 2012 Reviewed by Dani DeVille God is the CEO of Heaven Inc, a vast corporation in the clouds comprising every department imaginable from Peacock Production to Gravity Control.  Having become disillusioned with mankind, his once favourite creation, God now spends the majority of […]

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BOOK REVIEW – THE STORY OF ENGLISH IN 100 WORDS by David Crystal

BOOK REVIEW – THE STORY OF ENGLISH IN 100 WORDS by David Crystal

| 27 September 2012 | Reply

Published by: Profile Books (through Allen & Unwin), rrp $22.99 Released:  1 September 2012 Review by Shane Pinnegar The very learned David Crystal tells the story of our mixed up, multicultural, ever-evolving, living language by citing no less than one hundred examples – all different – of how words entered our language. From Roe – […]

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Book review: UNHOLY NIGHT by Seth Grahame-Smith

Book review: UNHOLY NIGHT by Seth Grahame-Smith

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

UNHOLY NIGHT Seth Grahame-Smith Allen & Unwin, 2012 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar An historical novel by the man who brought you “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, recently made into a Hollywood blockbuster, not to mention being co-creator and head writer of the TV series “The Hard Times Of R J […]

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Book review: IRON MAN by TONY IOMMI

Book review: IRON MAN by TONY IOMMI

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

IRON MAN TONY IOMMI (As told to TJ Lammers) Simon & Schuster UK 7.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar The Master Of The Riff tells his “journey through heaven and hell with Black Sabbath” to TJ Lammers and as expected it’s a drug and metal filled roller coaster ride. Decadent stories abound, all told with a sharp, […]

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Book review: RS50 by Jagger, Richards, Watts & Wood

Book review: RS50 by Jagger, Richards, Watts & Wood

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

  The Rolling Stones 50 Jagger, Richards, Watts & Wood Thames & Hudson, $49.95 9.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar As a celebration of the half century reign of “The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band In The World”, this lavish coffee table book curated by the four remaining members of the Rolling Stones is an amazing document […]

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