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Never Turn Your Back on the Sawdust Ring

Advantages: Strong journalism, engaging, entertaining, informative and attractively presented
Disadvantages: A few minor factual errors

Circus Mania” is a much needed dispassionately written book on the British circus scene. In order for this institution to survive, thrive and regain mainstream respectability in the media it needs journalistic appraisal, insight and critique. The author, ...

BlackSwan 22.07.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Circus Mania - Douglas McPherson

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Mozart and Michael Jackson, the boy prodigies, and many others

Advantages: Good, concise study of the subject
Disadvantages: Inevitably a few omissions

...As an award-winning composer of choral music, film and TV scores and stage musicals, Howard Goodall is well qualified to write and present on the subject. Covering something which has flourished for over 40,000 years in every shape and form imaginable is ...

JOHNV 26.12.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Story of Music - Howard Goodall

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The original British underground music

Advantages: Very comprehensive history - as the title explains
Disadvantages: None

As Lloyd Bradley points out in the introduction to this book, if you stand long enough on any street corner in London today, you will hear music. More often than not it will be black music, whether it is dubstep, hip hop, reggae or any other genre. Once ...

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Review of Sounds Like London 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital - Lloyd Bradley

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We can't rewind we've gone too far

Advantages: A good history of pop music
Disadvantages: Too much opinion to be definitive

Every so often I like to listen to every UK number one single in order, right from the early 50s. I stop with I Think We’re Alone Now by Tiffany, as that’s about the time when I started to have proper opinions about music, and also because the chart after ...

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Review of Yeah Yeah Yeah The Story of Modern Pop - Bob Stanley

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Too? Realistic

Advantages: A great introduction to the artist and his work.
Disadvantages: Would have preferred to see paintings in A4 format instead of A5

The Series of Books This book is one of a series about individual Art Masters published by Prestel. I am working my way through all the books in the series that my library can get for me, and am finding the variety of differing styles of artists ...

DavidCoulthard 30.07.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Caravaggio Masters of Art - Stefano Zuffi

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