October 7, 2011
The Independent reports that an authorized biography of the Stone Roses is in the works.
Journalist Simon Spence, who ghostwrote the acclaimed memoirs by the Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham, Stoned, spent more than 400 hours interviewing the band – lead singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield and drummer Alan "Reni" Wren – for the book, Fool's Gold.
Between its shiny melodies, bouncy beats and the duo's high and close harmonies, it's small wonder the Mates have been likened to an indie ABBA (the married-couple angle doesn't hurt). But while that Swedish act made everything big, Mates of State shrinks and concentrates the sound, creating pop miniatures.
PopMatters lists 20 music videos from the 1980s that have aged well.
On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the new Blondie album, Panic of Girls.
The New Statesman interviews author and artist Audrey Niffenegger.
Monkey See profiles Nobel Prize-winning poet Tomas Transtromer.
Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.
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