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Punks in Peoria

by Joseph S. Pete

"Punks in Peoria" pays unabashed, joyful homage to the punk rock scene in an average Rust Belt town. Charting the rise of punk bands in the music market between Chicago and St. Louis, where many young people felt dissatisfied with their... Read More

Book Review

Play

by Rachel Jagareski

British filmmaker, photographer, and magazine founder Rankin opens his vast archives to reflect on some of the best musician portraits from his three-decade career. "Play" is the operative word here: musicians play music, and play with... Read More

Book Review

Sweet Dreams

by Delia Stanley

Dylan Jones’s "Sweet Dreams" is a vast and fascinating collection of interviews that showcase a decade of British music and culture—the New Romantic period, from 1975-1985. Mid-seventies England was full of chaos and creativity as... Read More

Book Review

The Meaning of Soul

by Rachel Jagareski

Nostalgia-fueled interest in retro music and contemporary artists’ expressions of “black resistance, joy, and togetherness” are at the heart of today’s soul music revival, and Emily J. Lordi’s nuanced revisionist history "The... Read More

Book Review

An Army of Lovers

by Eileen Gonzalez

Jamie Anderson’s cultural survey "An Army of Lovers" focuses on revolutionary women’s music and how it influenced others. Women’s music—music by, for, and about women—addresses topics from love and healing to racism and... Read More

Book Review

Solid State

by Jeff Fleischer

While the album itself is a definite masterpiece, the Beatles’s Abbey Road also served as a coda for the world’s most influential band, the last set of studio sessions before the four musical geniuses went their separate ways. In the... Read More

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