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Tim Riley Anthology

Preview of Tim’s upcoming book

 

The past four decades saw “classic rock” peak and the music industry implode, then roar back through Napster, go digital, and finally re-emerge through online streaming. All along, the music critic’s role kept changing. This turn-of-the-century period saw new vantages on history as well as aesthetics. Starting at the Boston Phoenix and moving through NPR audio clips, this book compiles Riley’s lively reviews for the New York Timestruthdig, and the Los Angeles Book Review, and conference papers that will see their first publication. Links to streaming services punctuate each chapter, and an audio track of Riley reading his prose aloud turns it into a one-of-kind hypertext + audio package—an entirely new kind of celebration for music lovers. In addition, eight “podcast” segments, “Cutaways,” feature audio interviews with critics like Evelyn McDonnell and Hunter Harris. Coming in 2023

View the sections below to preview chapters from the upcoming book

Table of Contents by section

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
featured in the riley rock report:
1.18 History Ain’t Changed
The Who At Sullivan Stadium, 1989
1.24 Shame About the Lyrics
Prince, 1990
     

 

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“Cellars by Starlight” club columns, box sets, concerts, and essays, 1988-1991

1.1        Shrevie’s Vinyl—Was (Not Was), 1988

1.2        Inexorable Risks—Jane Siberry, 1988

1.3        If Smiles Could Sing—Ali Farka Touré, 198X

1.4        Burgers and Violence—Pixies, 1988

1.5        Groping Hands—Roger Miller, 1988

1.6        What the Cold Screams—The Sugarcubes, 1988

1.7        Eluding the Masses—The Lyres, 1988

1.8        The Cheeseburger Standard—David Lindley & El Rayo-X, 1988

1.9        So Glad She Left Me—Mighty Sam McClain, 1988

1.10      Last Bad Habit—Asa Brebner & Idle Hands, 1988

1.11      Otherworldly Expat—Jimi Hendrix, 1988

1.12      Dylan at a Gallop—Buffalo Tom, 1988

1.13      More Than Punk Allows—The Wipers, 1988

1.14      Luckless Ambivalence—Elvis Costello, 1989

1.15      Rebounding With Hooks—Throwing Muses, 1989

1.16      Placebo Blues—The Fall, 1988

1.17      Reversal of Fortune—Bonnie Raitt, 1989

1.18      History Ain’t Changed—The Who, 1989

1.19      Rarely Sublime—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989

1.20      Marginal Opacity—Jane’s Addiction, 1988

1.21      Hyper Ennui—David Bowie, 1989

1.22      Memories Can’t Wait—Living Colour, 1988

1.23      Ending in the Middle—Joy Division, 1989

1.24      Shame About the Lyrics—Prince, 1990

1.25      Tangled Roots—Young, Dylan, The Band, & more, 1990

1.26      Misunderstood Aliens—Midnight Oil & The Verlaines, 1990

1.27      Breaking the Unfixable—Sonic Youth, 1990

1.28      Rage and Culpability—Public Enemy, 1990

1.30      Poor Little Hippie Boy—Gram Parsons, 1990

1.31      Beyond Tokenism—Los Lobos, 1990

1.32      Critic Marries Drummer, Sings—Yo La Tengo, 1990

1.33      Their Little Problem—The Replacements, 1990

1.35      The Thing Side of Heavy—Led Zeppelin, 1990

1.36      Elizabeth Montgomery’s Face—The Embarrassment, 19XX

1.37      Arduous Whimsy—Charlie Chaplin, 1988

1.38      A Nation Once Again—Woodstock: The Director’s Cut DVD, 1989

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II. The Beatles

Updates to second editions, conference papers, freelance reviews, essays, 1988-2022

2.1       Bip Bop—McCartney Biography, 1988

2.2       Nobody Told Me—The Lost Lennon Tapes, 1988

2.3       Coy Bounces, Throbbing Refrains—Past Master I and II, 1988

2.4       Our Hearts Went Pop—Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band, 1989

2.5       Drive My Car—Keynote Speech for Beatles 2000, 2000

2.6       1 and 1 and 1 is Three—The Beatles Anthology CDs, 2003

2.7       Abbey Road Reunion—Recording the Beatles, 2006

2.8       Rescuing the Suits—An Open Letter to McCartney, 2007

2.9       Celebrity Death Halo—The John Lennon Letters, 2012

2.10     Busy Being Born—On Air—Live at the BBC, 20XX

2.11     Mythic Detail—Tune In, 2013

2.12     Reverse Cool—Buddy Holly & John Lennon, 20XX

2.13     That Other Hamilton—The White Album, 2018

2.14     Now and Then—The White Album, 2019

2.15     Pick a Career—Plastic Ono Band, 2021

2.16     Peter Jackson’s Get Back—Peter Jackson’s Get Back, 2022

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
featured in the riley rock report:
3.14 Born-Again Brahms
András Schiff plays Brahms, 2021

 

 

III. Classical

Concert, recording, and book reviews

3.1       Irreproachable Idiosyncrasies—Vladimir Horowitz, 1989

3.2       Straddling Worlds—Sergei Rachmaninov, 1993

3.3       Ravel—Ravel Complete Works, 1993

3.4       Schumann—Schuman Complete Piano, 1993

3.5       Serkin—The First Recordings, 1993

3.6       Expansive and Bleak—Prokofiev, 1993

3.7       Ironic Mistakes—Vladimir Horowitz, 2003

3.8       Stick Dancing—Seiji Ozawa, 2003

3.9       Elitism for Dummies—Leonard Bernstein, 2005

3.10     All-Consuming Yet Inscrutable—Rudolf Serkin, 2018

3.11     American Sputnik—When The World Stopped to Listen, 2017

3.12     Gigantor of Art—Wagnerism, 2020

3.13     Pieces of Perfection—Maurizio Pollini, XXXX

3.14     Born-Again Brahms—Brahms, 2021

3.15     Alternate Realities—Janacek Piano Works, 2021

3.16     Who Needs A “National” Music?—Joseph Horowitz, 2022

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
featured in the riley rock report:
4.3 Enigmatic NegationLove and Theft, 2001 

4.1       Excruciating Endgames—Invisible Republic, 1989

4.2       Sitting on Top of the World—Good as I Been to You, 1993

4.3       Enigmatic Negation—Love and Theft, 2001

4.4       Out of Ear’s Reach—Visions of Sin, 2004

4.5       This World Was Lucky—Chronicles, Volume I, 2005

4.6       We Need a Smaller Teacup—Tempest, 2013

4.7       Ain’t Dead Yet—Mermaid Avenue, 2012

4.8       Joke of the Century—Triplicate, 2018

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
featured in the riley rock report:
5.32 Punk’s Revenge—Courtney Love, Melissa Auf der Maur, Loretta Lynn, 2004

5.1       King of Fools—Elvis Costello, 1986

5.2       Concentrated Sprawl—Minutemen, 19XX

5.3       Fools in Love—The Bunch, 1986

5.4       Hillbilly Elite—Elvis Presley, 1992 

5.5       Arty Pummeling—Sugar, 1992

5.7       Friendlier Chaos—MC5, 1993

5.8       Conspiratorial Moxie—Madonna, 1993

5.9       Layabout Smarts—Basehead, 1993

5.10     Falling Behind—Bruce Springsteen, 1993

5.11     Mother Popcorn—Ready Steady Go!, T.A.M.I Show, The Big T.N.T Show, 1993

5.12     Change Your Mind—Kurt Cobain, 19XX

5.13     Analog Naïveté—Box sets, 1997

5.14     Cleavagepatra—Totally Mad, 1999

5.15     Love in Vain—Gimme Shelter Documentary, 2001

5.16     Rutles Rule—The Rutles, 2001

5.17     Great Pretenders—The Band, 2001

5.18     Free at Last—Napster, 2001

5.19     On the Rebound—Charlie Rich, 2001

5.20     The Psyche’s Garage—Nuggets II, 2001

5.21     Is There Sex After Death?—Six Feet Under, 2001

5.22     Radio Sweethearts—Nick Lowe, 2001

5.23     Sorrowful Angels—Shelby Lynn, 2001

5.24     Balding R&B—The Who, 2001

5.25     Will Not Let You Down—Bruce Springsteen, 2001

5.26     Time is Tight—Jim Keltner, 2002

5.27     Real American Joe—The Bottle Rockets, 2002

5.28     Back Around—Bonnie Raitt & Elvis Costello, 2002

5.29     Missing Bridges—Bruce Springsteen, 2002

5.30     Return of the Undead—The Ed Sullivan Show, 2002

5.31     Do the Mash—Mashups, 2003

5.32     Punk’s Revenge—Courtney Love, Melissa Auf der Maur, Loretta Lynn, 2004

5.33     Sarcasm into Style—Steely Dan, 2014

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

VI. NPR

6.1       Genre-Busting—Country Pop CD review, 2003

6.2       Do the Mash—Internet mash-ups, 2003

6.3       R-E-S-P-E-C-T—Parton, Springsteen, Frizzell CD reviews, 2003

6.4       A Little Bit Country—Night Train to Nashville’s R&B CD review, 2004

6.5       Undermining Phish—Cult band without a cause, 2004

6.6       Love Among Rockers—Valentines and apologies in song, 2005

6.7       Radical Covers—Petra Haden sing The Who Sells Out, 2005

6.8       Guilty Pleasures—Song your love to hate, 2004

6.9       Fleisher at One With Two—Preview of the Cinemaz documentary, 2007

6.10     Steely Dan—Rent Money tour, 2009

6.11     This Song Brought To You By…—Soundcheck Smackdown, 2010

6.12     Remembering Clemons—Springsteen’s Saxman, Clarence Clemons, 2011

6.13     His Royal Badness Dies—Remembering Prince, 2016

6.14     Remembering Berry—Music icon Chuck Berry’s death, 2017

6.15     This Year in Music—2017 music review, 2017

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
featured in the riley rock report:
7.26 Dinosaurs Eating Cars—Cruel to Be Kind by Will Burch, 2019

7.1       Leisurely Overtones—Music for Pleasure & Art Into Pop by Simon Frith, 1989

7.2       Beyond the Grapevine—The Heart of Rock and Soul by Dave Marsh, 1990

7.3       Daddy’s Farm—Rock Around the Bloc by Timothy Ryback, 1990

7.4       Yoda’s Groove—Music Man by Dorothy Wade and Justine Picardie, 1990

7.5       The Ire Next Time—Tuxedo Junction by Gerald Early, 1990

7.6       Strong-Start Loser—Rolling Stone Magazine by Robert Draper & Dark Star by  Ellis Amburn, 1990

7.7       Unhyphenated—Crosstown Traffic by Charles Murray, 1990

7.8       History Doesn’t Wear Plaid—Pop culture book roundup, 1991

7.9       The Poor Man’s Cher and Sundry—Rock book roundup, 1992

7.10     Software Defines Hardware—America on Record by Andre Millard & The Box by Jeff Kisseloff, 1995

7.11     Pop Goes Democracy—The Art of Democracy by Jim Cullen, 1996

7.12     Authors and Prisoners—Castaways of the Image Planet by Geoffrey O’Brien, 2002

7.13     Under Her Chin—The New Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson, 2003

7.14     Dimly, In Flashes—The Whole Equation by David Thomson, 2005

7.15     Expoobident—The One by RJ Smith, 2012

7.16     Mother Teresa on a Spree—Owsley and Me by Rhoney Stanley, 2013

7.17     Profane Deity—Brothas Be, Yo Life George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You? by George Clinton, 2014

7.18     The Matter of Pretending—Why Acting Matters by David Thomson, 2015

7.19     My Enemy’s Keeper—Children of the Stone by Sandy Tolan, 2015

7.20     Sideways Genius—Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock’n’Roll by Peter Guralnick, 2016

7.21     Sophisticated Naivete—I Am Brian Wilson by Brian Wilson, 2017

7.22     The Jimmy Buffet of Winter—Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan, 2017

7.23     Prophecy and Sinkhole—Just a Shot Away by Saul Austerlitz, 2018

7.24     Meta-Moxie—I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum, 2019

7.25     Puppies, Rainbows, and Racism—Country Music: An Illustrated History by Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns, 2019

7.26     Dinosaurs Eating Cars—Cruel to Be Kind by Will Burch, 2019

7.28     The Darwin of the Classics—Hearing Homer’s Song by Robert Kanigel, 2021

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

8.1       Daydream Epitaph—Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary, 1988

8.2       To The VaultTell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (second edition), 2002

8.3       This World Was Lucky—Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary, 1992

8.4       Unlike a Tramp—Madonna: Illustrated, 1992

8.5       Private Dancer—Fever: How Rock’n’Roll Transformed Gender in America, 2002

8.6       Slumming For Kicks—John Ono Lennon: Man, Myth, Music, 2011