Reflecting the fun and creativity of the best of rock, an illustrated collection of interviews and profiles with rock musicians drawn from fifteen years of Musician magazine contains portraits of Johnny Rotten, Marvin Gaye, and other notables.
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This collection of 12 interviews and profiles from the past 15 years of Musician magazine doesn't emphasize biographical depth so much as explore the creative process. Thus, a 1981 piece by Dave Marsh--among several noted music writers featured--emphasizes Bruce Springsteen's play-all-night "bar band" consciousness; Springsteen explains how he mixes careful planning and "tightrope" instincts onstage. A pugnacious Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders claims to be derivative even as writer Charles M. Young proclaims the genius of her discography. Mark Rowland probes the outlaw appeal of Guns N' Roses, meeting the "deceptively dissolute" guitarist Slash and, after several false starts, finding volatile lead singer Axl Rose "thoughtful and amiable," explaining how he "reacts to everything." Others in the book are George Clinton, U2, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Johnny Rotten, Paul McCartney, the Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Earl Palmer. Keeping with the magazine's focus, each piece ends with a short sidebar on the equipment band members use. Scherman is a former senior editor at Musician . Photos not seen by PW. The Jazz Musician (edited by Tony Scherman and Mark Rowland, St. Martin's, $12.95 *
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During the last 15 years, Musician magazine has provided its readers with in-depth interviews of the important movers in pop music. Without insulting their audience's intelligence, the interviews dig beneath the glitz to get at more meaty matters, often with fascinating results. Interviewer Barbara Graustark gets personal with Prince, circa the Dirty Mind album; Charles M. Young speaks with John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) and his father, John Lydon Sr., in order to reveal how the Sex Pistols' lead singer is, in some ways, a chip off the old block; Chris Salewicz gets Paul McCartney to get a few things about John Lennon off his chest; and Mark Rowland finds out that Slash of Guns N' Roses is really a sensitive guy. Although most of the subjects here have been interviewed elsewhere and often, the Musician pieces are often penetrating and insightful, sometimes bizarre (see George Clinton), and always interesting. Benjamin Segedin
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