Category Archives: Book Review

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

Superproducer Trevor Horn Recounts “Adventures In Modern Recording” In His Autobiography

I’m not sure that I ever mentioned this one here, but this might have been a case where my wife saw the book was out and ordered it for the library where she works. Due to a shipping snafu, she … Continue reading

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“The Quiet Man” Collection Of Short Stories Atomizes John Foxx’s Thematic Fascinations Into Clouds Of Prose Particles

It seemed as if I had been waiting half a lifetime for the book of short stories written by John Foxx to flesh out thematic material for his songwriting. No sooner had I become a fan in early 1981, then … Continue reading

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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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