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Top Books of 2018 That Make the Past Present
Whether in biography, graphic novel, crime fiction, or retold Greek myths, these books brought history to life

Dec. 28, 2018 Arts Feature by Jesse Sublett

Top Books of 2018 for American Road Tripping
Two novels set on the open road and two accounts of life in Trump's White House all made for journeys deep into America today
"...the most egregious and disturbing revelations entailed in both books. It's not a pretty picture, to say the least...."

Dec. 28, 2018 Arts Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

Books to Read and Wrap for the Holidays
Ditch that elf on the shelf so you can put all these nifty books there

Dec. 7, 2018 Arts Feature

Garlandia
One family man's fight to survive divine assaults and a community turned against him becomes a rollicking, rambling epic, superbly rendered
"...and picture. Garlandiaby Lorenzo Mattotti and Jerry Kramsky Fantagraphics Books, 400 pp., $39.99..."

Dec. 7, 2018 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen
by Bill Bentley
"...Rock and Roll: Live and Unseenby Bill Bentley Smithsonian Books, 216 pp., $40..."

Dec. 15, 2017 Music Review by Kevin Curtin

Everything's Bigger in Texas: The Life & Times of Kinky Friedman
by Mary Lou Sullivan
"...& Times of Kinky Friedmanby Mary Lou Sullivan Backbeat Books, 344 pp., $29.99..."

Dec. 15, 2017 Music Review by Doug Freeman

We Were There: Austin Concert Crowds Shot From the Pit
by Sandy Carson
"...Concert Crowds Shot From the Pitby Sandy Carson Daylight Books, 99 pp., $45..."

Dec. 15, 2017 Music Review by Kevin Curtin

Balancing the Books After Years of Neglecting Schools
The Texas Legislature wants to fix school finance, but how?
"...payments extracted from supposedly "property-rich" districts to balance the books. Take that out, and the state's contribution actually drops..."

April 7, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

I Am Brian Wilson / Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
I Am Brian Wilson / Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
"...tales, even if he depicts mental illness candidly. Both books were ghostwritten by New York Times bestselling authors, consistent..."

Dec. 9, 2016 Music Review by Neph Basedow

Ramones at 40 / Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977-80
Ramones at 40 / Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977-80
"...Punk coffeetable books? Preposterous idea to even those of spikey-haired persuasion, yet..."

Dec. 9, 2016 Music Review by Tim Stegall

Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All-Time Greatest Hits: A Novel
Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All-Time Greatest Hits: A Novel
"...Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits: a novelby Mark Binelli Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company, 224 pp., $26..."

Dec. 9, 2016 Music Review by Tim Stegall

Hank: The Short Life & Long Country Road of Hank Williams
Hank: The Short Life & Long Country Road of Hank Williams
"...on Over," and hundreds more. Over the decades, many books attempted this tale, the most prestigious written by noted..."

Dec. 9, 2016 Music Review by Jim Caligiuri

Books on Film
Inspired by the collective unconscious

June 17, 2016 Screens Feature

Books on Film
On what makes a great book a great movie

June 17, 2016 Screens Feature

Books on Film
Nick Offerman would make a great Teddy Roosevelt

June 17, 2016 Screens Feature

Books on Film
Driven by street photography and war journalism

June 17, 2016 Screens Feature

Putting the Adult in Adult Coloring Books
Nathan Rapport channels heartbreak into risque gay art
"...Adult coloring books are all the rage, but Austin’s very own Nathan..."

Feb. 12, 2016 Qmmunity Post by Dan Gray

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2015
A Brief History of Seven Killings leads a list of works exploring crime and politics abroad and at home
"...Two Austin-centric books of note are Scott Blackwood's See How Small (Little,..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

Keith Ferguson Texas Blues Bass
Legendary Austin bassist gets his due – from Germany!
"...Minus great characters, books are hardly worth the ink, paper, and glue. Keith..."

Dec. 5, 2014 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

So This Is Permanence
Move over Kurt Cobain Journals
"...So This Is Permanenceby Ian Curtis Chronicle Books, 274pp., $40..."

Dec. 5, 2014 Music Feature by Neph Basedow

Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars
Third and best book on Neil Young employs automobiles as its autobiographical device
"...With three books now available on Neil Young, Special Deluxe easily earns..."

Dec. 5, 2014 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

Back to a Shadow in the Night
Collected works of Jonathan Cott takes music criticism into deep territories
"...the New York-based Cott – author of over 15 books, writer for The New Yorker and The New York..."

Dec. 5, 2014 Music Feature by Michael Toland

Big, Beautiful Books
Adorn your coffeetables with these hardbound masterpieces
"...Trek: The Art of Juan Ortizby Juan Ortiz Titan Books, 112 pp., $39.95..."

Dec. 13, 2013 Books Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Big, Beautiful Books
Adorn your coffeetables with these hardbound masterpieces
"...complicated set pieces, into the necessarily flat medium of books, and we're here to reassure you: Fear not. Matt..."

Dec. 13, 2013 Books Feature by Monica Riese

Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens
Bakersfield sound revived – posthumously!
"...of Buck Owensby Buck Owens, with Randy Poe Backbeat Books, 334 pp., $29.99..."

Dec. 6, 2013 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

Boys From Houston
Before ZZ Top, their precursors the Moving Sidewalks defined the Houston scene
"...Amidst the documentaries and books on assorted Texas music scenes of the Sixties comes..."

Dec. 6, 2013 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Jazz Sides
Yardbird blows his alto hard, fast, and revolutionary
"...parallels punk in the Seventies – and these two books explore that extraordinary life. Chuck Haddix, a sound archivist,..."

Dec. 6, 2013 Music Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

Robert Plant: A Life
Robert Plant's now been a solo artists longer than he was frontman for hard rock's fab four
"...Robert Plant: A Lifeby Paul Rees It Books, 368 pp., $28.99..."

Dec. 6, 2013 Music Feature by Michael Toland

Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals
Musicals you never heard of from the industrial complex
"...of Industrial Musicalsby Steve Young and Sport Murphy Blast Books, 252 pp., $39.95..."

Dec. 6, 2013 Music Feature by Greg Beets

If You Like the Ramones ...
Two hundred add-ons to your Ramones collection
"...If You Like the Ramones ...by Peter Aaron Backbeat Books, 278 pp., $16.99..."

Dec. 6, 2013 Music Feature by Tim Stegall

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