Category Archives: Book Review

It’s not all round, spinning things with music here at the Post-Punk Monk. We’re literate, too!

Classic Pop’s New Romantic Special Attempts To Parse the Slippery “Movement”

It’s been a while now, but knowing my predilections, commenter Jordan asked me if I’d be interested in a copy of the Classic Pop “New Romantic Special Edition” from 2019. Not being one to turn down too many free offers, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Neal Karlen’s “This Thing Called Life” Examines The Lonely Life Of Prince From As Close Of A Viewpoint As We’re Likely To Get [pt. 2]

[…continued from last post] Both the writer Neal Karlen and the superstar Prince were Minneapolis boys; the former Jewish in the blackest neighborhood to be found in a city that was 99% white. Roughly the same age. Mirror images of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Neal Karlen’s “This Thing Called Life” Examines The Lonely Life Of Prince From As Close Of A Viewpoint As We’re Likely To Get [pt. 1]

That Prince died alone in his elevator after overdosing on painkillers he would never cop to using, much less abusing, has always struck me as a tragedy. After reading Neal Karlen’s memoir of his is-it-or-isn’t-it 31 year friendship with Mr. … Continue reading

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“Beastie Boys Book” Was An Indelible Portrait Of A NYC Era [part 3]

[…continued form last post] So while Beastie Boys managed a Hardcore 7″ to their name, they were exposed to every kind of hip music that spread in NYC clubs. Post-Punk. Technopop. The tail end of New Wave. Goth. Even rap … Continue reading

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“Beastie Boys Book” Was An Indelible Portrait Of A NYC Era [part 2]

[…continued from last post] I have to laugh when I see that cover above. Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch look stalwart and dignified as the Beastie Boys “look” has finally gelled by the time of the shot. Meanwhile, Adam Horowitz … Continue reading

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“Beastie Boys Book” Was An Indelible Portrait Of A NYC Era [part 1]

The Early Years Oh those Beastie Boys. I can recall my first exposure to them in the waning pages of Trouser Press’ American Underground [issue 92] when reviewing their “Cooky Puss” 12″ EP. Thanks to the magic of the internet, … Continue reading

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“Heart Of The Crowd” Probes Fans’ Relationship With Simple Minds In Depth Over 40 Years

Phew! It seems like a year ago when I received my copy of “Simple Minds: Heart Of The Crowd – A Fan History” in late December of last year. The hefty tome was liberally illustrated with lots of full color … Continue reading

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