December 2, 2012
Before Elvis Costello, the Sex Pistols or the Clash there was Graham Parker and the Rumour, who anticipated the energy of punk and set the bar for smart, literate lyrics married to a danceable beat. Critics in the United States compared the band impact to Bruce Springsteen's, but American record buyers didn't follow suit, possibly because they couldn't surrender Mr. Springsteen’s thrill of the open road for Mr. Parker's desperation in an English cul-de-sac.
The New York Times talks books with Who guitarist Pete Townshend.
...the best rock memoir?
Ozzy Osbourne. It looks like he scrawled it himself, and it is both funny and movingly poignant. It made me think I should chuck my memoir manuscript away and throw a party during which I jump out of the window but don't quite kill myself.
25 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including the Guardian's best graphic novels and art books, Newsday's best books, the Telegraph's best US political books, and much more.
At Esquire's culture blog, Adam Mansbach shares 10 new books brought to you by Penguin-Random.
The Guardian interviews Australian author Thomas Keneally.
"Writing is intoxicating – an addictive exercise. At literary festivals, writers carry on about the solitude of it, but really it is a ridiculous enterprise. The problem is, like with dying and childbirth, you can't hire anyone else to do it."
Q. This new record showcases your versatility, but has that also been a detriment? If we could say, "Kelly Hogan is this particular kind of singer," would that have made things easier for you?
A. Oh, yeah. Totally. I just can’t decide who to throw out of the lifeboat, man. I just like music too much. I've got rabies for music — I want to know it, all different kinds of it. My priorities weren't to make it. My priorities were to be able to do music until I die.
Flavorwire recommends December's new "must-read" books.
The New York Times gets local album recommendations from three Texas indie record store owners.
The Guardian lists the women who dominated publishing in 2012.
At Hypebot, the president of an indie record label explains Spotify's compensation fees to musicians for streaming their music.
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also at Largehearted Boy:
previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists