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January 4, 2013

Shorties (Peter Ames Carlin on Writing His Springsteen Biography, A Graphic Novel Parody of Downton Abbey, and more)

Music Tomes interviews Peter Ames Carlin about his Springsteen biography Bruce.

MT: What was the most surprising thing you came across in your research?

PAC: I think the very deep and dark stories he and his family told about his childhood, particularly about those very tangled relationships between his father's parents, Alice and Fred, and his parents, Doug and Adele, Bruce and his sister, Virginia. That was very surprising and, at times, unsettling for me. I began to feel a connection to the young Bruce that had very little or nothing to do with the man/artist I figured I'd known for so long. And having some sense of that guy, and seeing the modern Bruce's very emotional responses during our conversations on that part of his history, changed a lot of what I thought I knew about his life and work.

Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey is a graphic novel parody of Downton Abbey.

64 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation, including the favorite songs of World Cafe's David Dye, Twang Nation's best Americana and roots music albums, and much more.

43 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including the Telegraph's top YA books and much more.

The Largehearted Boy books of the year (more lists to come):

my favorite graphic novels of 2012
my favorite nonfiction books of 2012
my favorite novels of 2012
my favorite short story collections of 2012

The New Yorker previews January's best books.

PopMatters reviews Peter Benjaminson's book Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar.

At the New Yorker, Chris Ware discusses his New Yorker cover inspired by the Newtown tragedy.

Laina Dawes talks to Morning Edition about her new book What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.

The Comics Observer lists "best of 2012" comics lists.

The Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Barney Hoskyns' book, Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits.

The Huffington Post interviews the founder of BookRx, an online service that recommends books based on the content of your Twitter feed.

Hand Sold is a new series at the Marmaduke Writing Factory where booksellers list their favorite books to handsell.

The Line of Best Fit recaps 2012 in music news.

CarolineLeavittville interviews author Marcy Dermansky.

Win three Threadless $100 gift certificates in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
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Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.

Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

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)
musician/author interviews
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

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