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Tuesday
Aug072012

Review: Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

BookList just came out with a great review of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire, by Will Hermes, a book I recorded for Blackstone Audio a while ago:

"Music critic and New York native Hermes’ survey of New York City (from South Bronx and East Harlem to Midtown and the Lower East Side) musical doings during the 1970s features a cast of characters as diverse as the city. Bruce Springsteen rubs shoulders with salsa music giant Willie Colón and hip-hop founders Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Verner voices the incredibly varied personalities with feeling and exhibits a credible mastery of accents and vernaculars. The account relates historical and biographical details of musicians Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Philip Glass, among others, paying particular attention to cross-genre interaction and mutual pollination of ideas. The “loft jazz scene” is viewed as a vital component to New York music, and the many unexpected crossovers and influences between widely divergent music categories and styles come across as a natural process in Verner’s precise rendition. A gloriously twisted musical history presented in a highly entertaining manner."

— Mike Tribby (July 2012)

Reader Comments (2)

Adam, you always were and even more so are now so great at this. Really proud of my friend and his perseverance. :)

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris Padgett

Aw shucks, thanks Chris :) You're doing great too! Who would have thought in high school that we'd be making a living doing art?

December 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterAdam

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