Tommy James - (2021)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column, Lisa Torem reflects upon 'Me, The Mob and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells' which, co-written with Martin Fitzpatrick, tells of how the 60s's rock star's career was taken control over by gangsters.
Damned - (2021)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that in a new book about British punk act, The Damned, by Morgan Brown, the author/musician chronicles the band’s studio history with solid research and humour.
Liberty DeVitto - (2021)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem interviews rock drummer Liberty DeVitto and reviews his compelling musical memoir, 'Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness'.
Lisa Robinson - (2021)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem reflects on music journalist Lisa Robinson’s new book which looks at the changing role of women in the entertainment industry through a unique lens.
Lita Ford - (2021)
In her ‘Raging Pages’ book column Lisa Torem reflects upon ex-Runaways’ guitarist Lita Ford’s 2016 autobiography, ‘Living Like a Runaway’.
Mary Wilson - (2021)
In 'Raging Pages', her regular book column, Lisa Torem examines 'Dream Girl: My Life as a Supreme', the 1987 autobiography of Motown star and Supremes member Mary Wilson, who died in February.
U2 - (2021)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines a comprehensive volume about the work of Irish rockers U2 recently penned by Pennyblackmusic writer Eoghan Lyng
Common - (2020)
Chicago-raised rap artist, Common, lays bare his spiritual growth in his sophomore book, ‘Let Love Have the Last Word’ in 'Raging Pages'.
Silas House - (2020)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines award-winning novelist and music journalist Silas House's debut novel, 'Clay's Quilt'.
Paul McCartney - (2020)
In our Re:View section, in which our writers look back albums from the past, nick dent-Robinson, reflects on Paul McCartney's 1997 album 'Flaming Pie', which has just been-released in an updated edition.
Don Short - (2020)
In 'Raging Pages' guest writer Nick Dent-Robinson finds fascinating 60's and 70's show business reporter and journalist Don Short's new memoir, 'The Beatles and Beyond'.
Tori Amos - (2020)
In her second book Tori Amos casts a wide net across art and politics, and leaves reviewer Lisa Torem spellbound.
Michael Bloomfield - (2020)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column, Lisa Torem examines a new oral biography by Jan Mark Wolkin and Bill Keenom on 60's folk musician Michael Bloomfield.
Roger Daltrey - (2020)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem reflects on 'Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite', the autobiography of the Who's Roger Daltrey.
Jann Wenner - (2019)
Lisa Torem in her 'Raging Pages' book column finds Joe Hagan’s biography of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner is rich with pop culture detail and keen insight, and includes candid observations from high-profile insiders.
Michael Dorf - (2019)
In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem finds that 'Indulge Your Senses: Scaling Intimacy in a Digital World', a new book by City Winery CEO Michael Dorf goes behind-the-scenes, revealing the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur in the music business arena as it relates to technology.
Elliott Murphy - (2019)
In her 'Raging pages' book column, Lisa Torem reflects on 'Just A Story from America', singer-songwriter Elliott Murphy’s frank and humorous account of his illustrious career, abrupt challenges and imaginative resurgence.
George Martin - (2019)
Lisa Torem in 'Raging Pages' finds that George Martin’s memoir 'All You Need is Ears' remains as timeless as ever and is essential reading for all musicians.
Bob Marley - (2019)
in her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines Brett Hagerman's fantastic new book, 'Bob Marley FAQ'.
Lani Hall Alpert - (2019)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds jazz singer and musician Lani Hall Alpert distilling hard-scrabble Chicago life, debilitating illness, crummy therapists, disoriented hitchhikers and more in her first book 'Emotional Memoirs and Short Stories'.
Jim Summaria and Mark Plotnick - (2019)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds a Chicagoland concert photographer and writer recalling once-in-a lifetime classic rock moments
Green Day - (2019)
Lisa Torem in 'Raging Pages' inds Hank Bordowitz’s Green Day FAQ about the Bay Area-formed 1980’s band is both educational and revealing.
Woody Woodmansey - (2018)
Lisa Torem in 'Raging Pages' finds that drummer/author Woody Woodmansey’s timeless memoir about his years with David Bowie backing group, the Spiders from Mars is a veritable 'must-have'.
Sylvain Sylvain - (2018)
Lisa Torem in her 'Raging Pages' book column finds former New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain in his autobiography ‘There’s No Bones in Ice Cream’ using humour and hip historical context to relay his unique story.
Geoff Emerick - (2018)
At nineteen, the late Geoff Emerick became the Beatles' chief engineer and greatly influenced 'Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band', 'Revolver' and 'Abbey Road'. Lisa Torem in her 'Raging Pages' book column reviews his book, 'Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles'.
Benjamin Orr - (2018)
Lisa Torem finds that 'Let's Go!', Joe Milliken’s comprehensive book about the late singer/bassist Ben Orr and his career with The Cars is well-researched and peppered with insight.
Jerry Nolan - (2018)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column, Lisa Torem finds that ' Stranded in the Jungle,’ the illuminating story of drummer Jerry Nolan of New York Dolls and Heartbreakers' fame, is a bold reality check into the life of a downward, spiralling talent.
Richard Balls - (2018)
in her regular 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that Richard Balls' book ‘Be Stiff’, which is about the rise and fall of Stiff Records, imbues a classic, cultural relevance and that its heroes made an indelible mark on pop/punk music.
Bob Dylan - (2018)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that Chicago author Bob Shiel with is new book, '61 Highways Revisited — The Albums of Bob Dylan’, does everything Dylan by way of smart, comprehensive reviews and a double-CD of related renditions in which he strums and sings.
Renee Rosen - (2018)
In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem finds that Chicago-based author Renee Rosen captures the ghosts of music past with her informative and lively novel, 'Windy City Blues', based on Chess Record legacy and an interracial couple.
Sam Phillips - (2018)
Sam Phillips, the late owner of Sun Records in Memphis, brought Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis to fame. Lisa Torem reflects on a new book that explains the back stories behind the man’s ingenuity.
John Lennon - (2017)
In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem discovers that by writing a novel, 'Beatlebone', about one of the most famous musicians in the world, John Lennon, Kevin Barry has taken a huge risk, yet finds it all coming together magically
Pamela Des Barres - (2017)
While in Pamela Des Barres' debut memoir, 'I’m with The Band', she disclosed her groupie secrets, Lisa Torem finds in 'Raging Pages' in her new book 'Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin’ Memoir' her sharing her fresh approach to writing the 'femoir'.
Billy Bragg - (2017)
In her 'Raging Pages'book review column Lisa Torem finds musician Billy Bragg's new book about the skiffle genre to be as educational as it is entertaining.
Manic Street Preachers - (2017)
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers examine albums from the past, Ben Howarth reflects on the Manic Street Preachers' 2007 album 'Send Away The Tigers', which has just been re-released in an expanded tenth anniversary edition
Frank Zappa - (2017)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that John Corcelli's new book 'Frank Zappa FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Father of Invention' highlights the American composer's complex compositions and legacy
Spencer Vignes - (2017)
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines prolific Welsh author Spencer Vignes new book 'The Train Kept A-Rollin’, How The Train Song Changed The Face of Popular Music', which brings to life the way train travel has influenced songwriters and performers through multiple eras
Brian Wilson - (2017)
Lisa Torem enjoys Brian Wilson's new biography which highlights his gifts as an arranger but also chronicles his struggles with mental illness
Bob Boilen - (2016)
In her 'Raging Pages' column Lisa Torem reflects on American author and NPR host Bob Boilen's new book, which features 35 interviews with songwriters and musicians on their inspirations
Rolling Stones - (2016)
In 'Raging Pages' her monthly book column, Lisa Torem is enthralled by Rich Cohen's impressive new Rolling Stones autobiography/memoir, ‘The Sun and The Moon and The Rolling Stones’
Billy J. Kramer - (2016)
British recording artist Billy J .Kramer, an integral player of the British Invasion, recounts the highs and lows of his career in 'Do You Want to Know a Secret?',his recent autobiography
Ian Mclagan - (2016)
In 'Raging Pages', her monthly book column, Lisa Torem reflects on the late Ian McLagan's ‘All The Rage: My High Life with Small Faces, Faces, The Rolling Stones and Many More,’ which was originally published in 1998
Thin Lizzy - (2016)
Lisa Torem enjoys reading Alan Byrne’s insights in Are You Ready? Thin Lizzy: Album By Album and elaborates on why, in this month’s 'Raging Pages' column
Elvis Costello - (2015)
Despite its length, Lisa Torem enjoys reading about British singer/songwriter/producer Elvis Costello's colourful life in his newly released memoir and offers commentary in her monthly column, 'Raging Pages'
Louise Harrison - (2015)
In her book column 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem examines Louise Harrison's book 'My Kid Brother’s Band a.k.a. The Beatles' which reflects her relationship with her brother, George Harrison and his rise to fame and also sheds light on her family
Ringo Starr - (2015)
Lisa Torem, in the second part of a two part edition of her book column 'Raging Pages', looks at Ringo Starr's new book, 'Photograph', which reveals never-seen-before pictures of his youth, rise to stardom and leisurely moments with loved ones.
Ronnie Wood - (2015)
In Raging Pages, her monthly book column, Lisa Torem finds that Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s latest book, an updated diary of his 1965 gigs, is an inspirational read which documents his drive for excellence and natural flair for story telling.
Clive Davis - (2015)
In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem reflects upon 'The Soundtrack of my Life', the autobiography of pioneering record label boss, Clive Davis
Alice Cooper - (2015)
Lisa Torem, in her 'Raging Pages' book column, reflects on the new autobiography of Dennis Dunaway, who co-wrote many of Alice Cooper's greatest hits and was the American rock/metal band's original bassist in the late 1960s and early 1970s
Bernard Purdie - (2015)
Bernard Purdie is one of the most sought-over session drummers in the world. In 'Raging Pages', Lisa Torem reviews 'Let the Drums Speak!', his recent memoir
Will Romano - (2015)
In 'Raging Pages', her monthly book column, Lisa Torem examines Will Romano's important and fascinating new book, 'Prog Rock FAQ, All That’s Left To Know About Rock’s Most Progressive Music'
Jerry Lee Lewis - (2015)
In 'Raging Pages', her regular monthly book column, Lisa Torem reflects on Jerry Lee Lewis' new memoir, which has been written by award-winning journalist, Rick Bragg
Gene Simmons - (2015)
In her book column 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem reflects on Kiss front man Gene Simmons' new self-help manual, 'Me, Inc: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business'
Ozzy Osbourne - (2014)
Lisa Torem examines a new book on Ozzy Osbourne, which is a day-by-day guide to his career from his early years with Black Sabbath until the present day
Who - (2014)
In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem examines Mike Segretto's encyclopaedic new book, 'The Who: All That’s Left to Know about Fifty Years of Maximum R and B'
Laurence Juber - (2014)
Liss Torem looks at former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber's new photographic memoir, 'Guitar with Wings'
Gary Wright - (2014)
In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem reflects on singer-songwriter Gary Wright's new autobiography which tells of his spiritual experiences and lengthy friendship with George Harrison
Joe Perry (Aerosmith) - (2014)
Lisa Torem in 'Raging Pages' reflects upon Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's new autobiography, 'Rocks'
Miscellaneous - (2014)
In 'Raging Pages', her books review column, Lisa Torem reflects on 'The Fifth Beatle', Vivek Tiwary's graphic novel about Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein
Little Anthony - (2014)
Lisa Torem examines soul and blues legend and the front-man with Little Anthony and the Imperials Anthony Gourdine's new autobiography
Peter Doherty - (2014)
Lisa Torem examines the Libertines' Pete Doherty's recently published diaries and journals, 'From Albion to Shangri-La'
Kinks - (2014)
In her book column 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem reflects on the Kinks' Ray Davies' second book of autobiography, 'Americana: The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff', which is about his love and hate relationship with the United States