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The Year in Books

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bookforum editor Michael Miller shares his top picks for this years releases in books… that take on music. The high profile (Keith Richards and Patti Smith), mix in with some unexpected (fiction about The Smiths, scholarly pieces about jazz musician Art Pepper) and more.

Guests:

Michael Miller

Comments [5]

Carolyn from Brooklyn

Good question about whether Patti Smith's writing is "poetic"! I think that even if her prose is not flowery or lyrical, her narrative does some of the same magic that great poetry does. Her narrative threads together the elements of everyday life that reveal its magic. The serendipitous moments, motifs, and surprises she clearly recognizes as the stuff of legend--or just great literature--reflect her inner poet, to me.

Dec. 14 2010 10:16 PM
Annoying Aging Know-It-All Would Be Hipster from Northeast Bushwick/Southwest Greenpoint

Oops! Not Belly. That was Tanya Donnelly.
Kristin Hersh.
My bad.

Dec. 14 2010 02:18 PM
Loz from Southeastern Bushwick/West Southerly Williamsburg

Let's face it, some of these people are getting (very) long in the tooth, so they have to get their stories out before they keel over.

Don't forget Rat Girl by what's-her-name from T-Muses/Belly.

Dec. 14 2010 02:14 PM
Soundcheck Producer

Anyone else read "Life" by Keith Richards or "Just Kids" by Patti Smith? What did you think?

Dec. 14 2010 02:07 PM
Siouxie from Bronx

Read Patti Smith's book, and it was well written, if not overly self reverential.

Received Keith Richards' book as a gift, which was ghost written by James Fox. The true author of this book's name doesn't even appear on the cover. Was that because of Keith's ego?

Does anyone really believe Keith penned this himself?

Dec. 14 2010 01:59 PM

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