Didn't much care for this book when I read it 25+ years ago but I agreed to read it again so here goes.
Frankenstein or Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. Absolutely not what you think it's going to be if you've only seen the many movies it's spawned. Good stuff especially from an 18 year old.
Confessions of a Yakuza by Junichi Saga
Real and true accounts by a former Yakuza boss.
Just finished Fluke by Christopher Moore. It was okay but not as funny as his other books.
I am now starting a book called Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, which is the second book of a trilogy series.
Akhunaton the Extraterrestrial King by Daniel Blair Stewart
I just finished this book and had to tell someone - IT'S FANTASTIC!
I don't have much to say except that for anyone interested in science fiction, esoteric Egyptology, conspiracy theory or ufo's, this is a must read.
And no, I don't work for the author or anything, I just found it in a used book store. Hunt it down! Haha!
Borrowed this from my Dad, who was given this for Christmas the year before from my sister.
After he finished it he loaned it to me. I had no idea that place my folks took me to modern dance classes near Washington and Vermont was so legendary to the black creative community in the 70's! Inner City Cultural Center, y'all!
Beah Richards talked at length about the place in the documentary about her life, too, she gave plays there and taught other actors and actresses for years.
After I finish the other book, I'm gonna borrow this one too from Pops Moore.
Pops Moore is reading this one right now, again given to him from my sister.
^^^ Those look fascinating Rosenda. After seeing Devil In A Blue Dress with the whole deep '50's era LA story, the doc Bastards of the Party telling history of the clubs & gangs and that part in Collateral where the elder jazz player spoke on the legends who played in the city, I'm very interested in in those books and the history.
= LOVE GOES TO BUILDINGS ON FIRE by Will Hermes 5 Years In New York That Changed Music Forever
Basically a detailed diary of the music & movements that hit NYC and the author from 1973 to 1977 and how it changed everything. I could call this the part of the unoffical required reading of the AP membership. He covers in intense, devoted detail the events of the time, what lead to them and the individuals who sparked & were sparked by them. I can't even scrape the surface of what's contained but dig the sample of names covered:
+ The New York Dolls
+ Grandmaster Flash
+ Hector Lavoe
+ Laurie Anderson
+ The Talking Heads
+ Patti Smith
+ Philip Glass
+ Bruce Springsteen
+ Afrika BamBaataa
+ Ray Barretto
+ Nicky Siano
+ Rashaan Roland Kirk
..and too many more. I'm only halfway through and I learned:
- Patti Smith was more driven & ambitous than her image presents
- Willie Colon's personal problems kept him from leaving on the trip Zaire with the rest of the Fania All-Stars
- Wanye County, drag queen, got into a fight with The Dictators' Manitoba...and basically won.
- Bruce Springsteen started out as more folk-singing soloist alone on guitar more like Pete Seegar before the E Street Band was formed
- When Grandmaster Flash first debuted cutting to an audience, they were unresponsive & nearly dissuaded him from any further turntable innovations
- Cecil Taylor & CTI Records sold wax directly to dance music DJ's who came buy their office in Manhattan
- CBGB's & Max's Kansas City had outright business beef
...and again too much more (remember this is just halfway through). No matter what music you dig you'll like this and will be well entertained & informed.
A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable