CSM READS: books and publications

Charles Shaar Murray reviews …
Books: Lions and Stinkers

Monday 23rd June 2014
Mark Ellen’s Rock Stars stole My Life!:
Any autobiography worth reading (ghosted or not) will reflect the character and personality of its author. It should therefore come as no particular surprise that this account of Mark Ellen’s decades of writing, editing and broadcasting stuff to do with poppy rocky stuff should be bluff, boisterous, bustling, tiggerishly-bouncily energetic, insightful and oft-times coached in urbanely Wodehousean rodomontade. . …

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Sunday 22nd June 2014
BB King’s Blues All Around Me: the Autobiography:
Somehow, this extraordinary memoir slipped through my net on original publication, back when BB was a mere 70 years old. … BB King was second only to Louis Armstrong for the ability to combine the roles of Beloved Entertainer and game-changing, globally influential virtuoso: of the ’60s-and-after Rock Guys, only Paul McCartney really came close. …

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