Woodstock, New York and the surrounding towns were the Laurel Canyon of the east coast: an incubator of talent, away from but just close enough to New York City. At first a cultural of fiefdom of Albert Grossman, Dylan's manager, soon the likes of the Band, Paul Butterfield, Van Morrison, Jesse Winchester, and a boy genius named Todd Rundgren came for the seclusion, natural beauty, and cultural buzz. Woodstock took everyone in: some got rich, some got loaded, some got smart, and some wasted away as idealism turned to hedonism. Hell of a story, hell of a town.
Keith Moon never practiced and his drumming was as much an expression of his personality as were his legendary antics. In There Is No Substitute: A Tribute to Keith Moon various rock musicians, friends, family and celebrities give their own impressions of the man behind the madcap laughs, highlighting his innovations and genuine genius as a drummer. This gorgeously illustrated book is a labor of love without being sentimental. I’d say Mooney would have been proud!
Spoke is a gorgeous photographic encyclopedia of the D.C. punk scene A-Z. Author Scott Crawford and the various photographers featured here grew up in the scene dodging boots, fists, and head-butts to document the scene with in-depth interviews and gorgeous pictures. Everyone from stalwarts like Bad Brains and Fugazi to anomalies like Nation of Ulysses and Shudder to Think is featured here. Spoke is essential for anyone who cares about the cultural history of Washington, D.C.