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Top Album Of The Week

AC/DC
Rock or Bust
Columbia

"Rock or Bust" is ac/dc's first album of new material in six years. But it
was in the mid-70s when the band first appeared on the heavy metal scene.
When I became the editor of hit parader magazine, metal's first print
worshipper, the death of original lead singer, Bon Scott, when "highway to

Read all of this week's Top 21.

 

 
AC/DC's Angus Young with Shelton
 
Shelton with Ozzy, seriously
 


Patti LaBelle and Shelton

Book Review
A Novel
Scott ShachterStarBeat Press

Shawn is a hard-luck saxophonist with an unearthly muse. His demented neighbors, a mob boss and a choir of interdimensional aliens with sharp teeth are not the only things that stand between Shawn and jazz stardom. A bigger problem is no one likes his crazy music. Worst of all, it scares off Carole, the woman he loves more than anyone. It even scares himself because he knows one day he'll follow his reckless muse until he goes insane, and Carole will stay away forever. When his soul collides with reality, Shawn must choose between his art and his love.

Book Review
Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us All
Tricia Shapiro AK Press

Mountaintop removal (MTR) does exactly what it says: A mountaintop is stripped of trees, blown to bits with explosives, then pushed aside by giant equipment?all to expose a layer of coal to be mined. In recent years, local people fighting against MTR's destruction of their homes in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia have invited volunteers from outside Appalachia's coalfields to help them bring national attention to this shameful practice, and abolish it. Since the Mountain Justice campaign began in 2005, dozens of local coalfield residents, students, Earth Firsters, and others have been arrested in nonviolent protest actions against MTR.

Book Review
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond
David WildDa Capo Press

He Is...I Say examines Neil Diamond’s singular place in the pantheon of popular music. David Wild—who’s interviewed Diamond for Rolling Stone, penned the liner notes to a number of Diamond’s anthologies, and produced Diamond’s scandal-free episode of Behind the Music—now dares to turn on his “Heartlight,” offering a moving and often hilarious salute to his own Jewish Elvis, one based on his interviews from over the years with the Solitary Man himself.

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

They burned him alive in an iron cage, and as he screamed and writhed in the agony of hell they made a sport of his death.

After listening to one newscast after another rightly condemn the barbaric killing of that Jordanian air force pilot at the bloody hands of ISIS, I couldn’t sleep. My mind kept roaming the past trying to retrieve a vaguely remembered photograph that I had seen long ago in the archives of a college library in Texas.


Read more of this song's lyrics.
"The Charade"
By: D' Angelo

[Verse 1:]
Crawling through a systematic maze
And it pains to demise
Pain in our eyes
Strain of drownin', wading into your lies
Degradation so loud that you can't hear the sound of our cries (doo, doo)
All the dreamers have gone to the side of the road which we will lay on
Inundated by media, virtual mind fucks in streams

[Chorus:]
All we wanted was a chance to talk
'Stead we only got outlined in chalk
Feet have bled a million miles we've walked
Revealing at the end of the day, the charade

Book Recommendation

Marx for Beginners

Author: Michael Rius
Publisher: Pantheon Books

From reform to revolution - Marx's influence is unrivaled, but if you put five people in a room, you'll come up with six different opinions on him.

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