We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.
weird like me.
These books will take you from the Ed Sullivan Show where the Beatles first played on American television, to the mystical darkness of the movie theater, to the smoky Harlem clubs where Duke Ellington tickled the ivories. Here are must-reads for that special hepcat or burgeoning cultural critic.
The Chronicle of Jazz by Mervyn Cooke
Part rich genealogy and part collection of emotional human stories, Cooke offers manifold ways of experiencing a beloved as well as ever evolving art form.
How to Read a Film by James Monaco
An indispensable guide to all of the critical gear one would need to understand and more fully appreciate the inner workings of a movie.
The Republic of Rock by Michael J. Kramer
A penetrating look into how the music amongst American youth cultures in San Francisco and Vietnam during the 1960s bred a generation of politically self-aware citizens.
Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer by Elizabeth Kendall
A portrait of the legendary ballet choreographer as a young man, the political landscape that shaped him, and the friend who haunted the foundations of his innovative career.
Instead of focusing on the established demi-gods of music history, music historian Elijah Wald shifts the spotlight to the audiences and the working musicians on the cusp of fame, who he argues are more accurate barometers of American society.
Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture by Phil Ford
A guided tour through the sonic and the surreptitious world of the mid-century counter-culture movement.