August 31, 2005
Jake Austen's covers the interaction between popular music and television, from the Monkees to the Beatles, from Fear to the Michael Jackson, and everything in between. Austen, who edits Rocktober, manages to entertain while he educates. The book could easily have been dry and informative, but the author weaves cultural significance and humor into his stories. The history lesson of rock and roll from its beginnings to current day is told by a true lover of music, and much television history is unearthed. I'm glad I took this class (oops, I mean read the book).
One of the benefits of being sick a couple of days is having uninterrupted time to read, expect a review a day for the rest of the week. My next book is Beth Lisick's collection of essays, Everybody Into the Pool.