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Lita Ford - (2021)
Lita Ford - Living Like a Runaway

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)
Mary Wilson - Dream Girl: My Life as a Supreme

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)
U2 - Every Album, Every Song

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)
Common - Let Love Have The Last Word

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)
Silas House - Clay’s Quilt

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)
Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie

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)
Don Short - The Beatles And Beyond

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)
Tori Amos - Raging Pages

In her second book Tori Amos casts a wide net across art and politics, and leaves reviewer Lisa Torem spellbound.


Michael Bloomfield - (2020)
Michael Bloomfield - If You Love These Blues

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)
Roger Daltrey - Raging Pages

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)
Jann Wenner - Raging Pages

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)
Michael Dorf - Raging Pages

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)
Elliott Murphy - Just A Story From America

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)
George Martin - All You Need is Ears

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)
Bob Marley - All That’s Left to Know About the King of Reggae

in her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines Brett Hagerman's fantastic new book, 'Bob Marley FAQ'.


Lani Hall Alpert - (2019)
Lani Hall Alpert - Emotional Memoirs And Short Stories

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)
Jim Summaria and Mark Plotnick - Raging Pages

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)
Green Day - FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About The Worlds Most Popular Punk Band

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)
Woody Woodmansey - Spider From Mars: My Life With Bowie

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)
Sylvain Sylvain - Raging Pages

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)
Geoff Emerick - Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles

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)
Benjamin Orr - Let’s go

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)
Jerry Nolan - Raging Pages

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)
Richard Balls - The Stiff Records Story

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)
Bob Dylan - 61 Highways Revisited: The Albums Of Bob Dylan

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)
Renee Rosen - Windy City Blues

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 - Raging Pages

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)
John Lennon - Beatlebone

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)
Pamela Des Barres - Let It Bleed

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)
Billy Bragg - Roots, Radicals And Rockers

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)
Manic Street Preachers - Send Away the Tigers

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)
Frank Zappa - FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About The Father Of Invention

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)
Spencer Vignes - The Train Kept A-Rollin

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)
Brian Wilson - I Am Brian Wilson

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)
Bob Boilen - Your Song Changed My Life

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)
Rolling Stones - Raging Pages

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)
Billy J. Kramer - Do You Want To Know A Secret

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)
Ian Mclagan - Raging Pages

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)
Thin Lizzy - Raging Pages

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)
Elvis Costello - Unfaithful Music

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)
Louise Harrison - My Kid Brothers Band: AKA The Beatles

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)
Ringo Starr - Photograph

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)
Ronnie Wood - Raging Pages

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)
Clive Davis - The Soundtrack of My Life

In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem reflects upon 'The Soundtrack of my Life', the autobiography of pioneering record label boss, Clive Davis


Alice Cooper - (2015)
Alice Cooper - Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group

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 - Let the Drums Speak!: The Life Story of the World’s Most Recorded Drummer

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)
Will Romano - Prog Rock FAQ:  All That’s Left To Know About Rock’s Most Progressive Music

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)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

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)
Gene Simmons - Me, Inc: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God,

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)
Ozzy Osbourne - Martin Popoff -Steal Away the Night; An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day

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)
Who - (Raging Pages) Mike Segretto: All That’s Left to Know about Fifty Years of Maximum R and B

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)
Laurence Juber - Guitar with Wings

Liss Torem looks at former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber's new photographic memoir, 'Guitar with Wings'


Gary Wright - (2014)
Gary Wright - Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, And My Friendship with George Harrison

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)
Joe Perry (Aerosmith) - (Raging Pages) Joe Perry / David Ritz - Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith

Lisa Torem in 'Raging Pages' reflects upon Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's new autobiography, 'Rocks'


Miscellaneous - (2014)
Miscellaneous - (Raging Pages) Vivek J. Tiwary/The Fifth Beatle; The Brian Epstein Story

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)
Little Anthony - Little Anthony: My Journey, My Destiny

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)
Peter Doherty - (Raging Pages) Peter Doherty From Albion to Shangri-La

Lisa Torem examines the Libertines' Pete Doherty's recently published diaries and journals, 'From Albion to Shangri-La'


Kinks - (2014)
Kinks - Ray Davies - Americana; The Kinks. the Road and the Perfect Riff

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


Iron Maiden - (2014)
Iron Maiden - (Raging Pages) Neil Daniels/Killers: The Origins of Iron Maiden, 1975 - 1983

In her book review column 'Raging Pages', Lisa Torem examines Neil Daniels' new biography which examines the early years of heavy metal giants Iron Maiden







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