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The Artist who Loved Cats by Susan Schaefer Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher

This is a lovely children’s storybook that is also a biography of Fin de siecle artist Theophile Steinlen. Most known for his Chat Noir poster, Steinlen was a prolific and beloved artist who also campaigned for social issues with his … Continue reading

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Mata Hari Emma Beeby, Ariela Kristantina, Pat Masioni, Karen Berger

This is a very hard book to rate due to it being a highly stylistic and interpretive history. Yes, the facts are there but they are interwoven with the Salome Dance so that while artistic, it was also fairly confusing … Continue reading

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Pierre Koenig: A View From The Archives by Neil Jackson

For the general public, architect Pierre Koenig became famous for an image rather than his homes (the iconic photo of a mid century modern living room overlooking a brightly lit Los Angeles nightline in the 1950s). But for those passionate … Continue reading

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young by David Brown

This is the first of two biographies about the band coming out now (due to the Woodstock 50th anniversary). The other book focuses on the two year period the band was together. This biography spans all the years from the … Continue reading

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CSNY by Peter Doggett

What I look for in a biography is a very neutral viewpoint – mostly facts with leeway for some interpretation from a knowledgeable writer. But with CSNY, this felt very much a book written by a friend – someone who … Continue reading

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The Ultimate History of the 80s Teen Movie by James King

The title accurately sums up what you will find here: a very thoroughly researched biography of 80s teen movies. Author King takes pains to put all the information into perspective of the era: the power players, the movements, the politics, … Continue reading

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Burn The Stage: The Rise of BTS and Korean Boy Bands

Make no mistake, Burn The Stage is a book written quickly but efficiently to capitalize on the current fame of the band (a glance at author Shapiro’s bibliography will attest that this is his niche). So you can expect a … Continue reading

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