Bob Ruggiero

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  • 9 months ago

    Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain By Alan Light Atria Books, 304 pp., $26 If you were a Warner Bros. movie studio executive, you had damn good reason to be nervous in July 1984, awaiting the release, critical reception, and box-...

  • 11 months ago | Books

    Sound Man By Glyn Johns Blue Rider Press, 320 pp., $27.95 Imagine that this is your work schedule for a few days in 1969: Meeting up with the Beatles, who are recording Abbey Road at the studio of the same name. Then slipping over to Olympic Studi...

  • 1 year ago | Books

    While they may not be blood brothers, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, singer and guitarist for Aerosmith, respectively, might as well be, given the relationship they've had for more than 45 years. It's a love/hate story that Perry details extensively ...

  • 1 year ago | Books

    James Brown was, of course, the Godfather of Soul and the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. But all the work he did to grab those titles over decades seemed to come crashing down through much of the '80s and '90s. That's when he derailed into ...

  • 1 year ago | Culture

    At the end of 1995, Gary Louris had a problem. A big one. His band, the critically acclaimed Minneapolis-based Jayhawks, was just starting to gain some commercial traction after a decade of existence at the front of the No Depression/Americana/alt...


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