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Lisa Torem - Features


Liberty DeVitto

Liberty DeVitto - Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness

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

Lisa Robinson - Nobody Ever Asked Me About The Girls: Women, Music and Fame

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

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

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.


John Lennon

John Lennon - The Image That Made Me Weep

In 'The Image That Made Me Weep, Lisa Torem writes of a life-sized statue of John Lennon that she discovered while visiting Havana.


U2

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


Silas House

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'.


Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac - Raging Pages

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines a new memoir by 'Tusk' producers/engineers Ken Caillat and Hernan Rojas


Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts - Raging Pages

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem enjoys 'Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters', a new book which pays tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones drummer.


Tori Amos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Bruce Iglauer/Alligator Records

Bruce Iglauer/Alligator Records - Raging Pages

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Chicago-based writer Lisa Torem finds ‘Bitten by the Blues’ about the Windy City label, Alligator Records, to be a compelling, frank and informative read.


Woody Woodmansey

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

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

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

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

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.


Michael Bruce

Michael Bruce - Raging Pages

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem reflects on former Alice Cooper Group songwriter/pianist/guitarist Michael Bruce's updated memoir 'No More Mr. Nice Guy', which chronicles the group's rise and eventual disbandment and has just been published in an updated edition.


Richard Balls

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

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.


Pennyblackmusic

Pennyblackmusic - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

Lisa Torem, who began writing for Pennyblackmusic in 2008, reflects back on some of her favourite artist interviews and related songs in celebration of the upcoming twenty year anniversary.


Renee Rosen

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

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

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


Roger Waters

Roger Waters - Raging Pages

Lisa Torem finds that Dave Thompson doesn’t stand on ceremony in his new biography about former Pink Floyd composer Roger Waters, and that exclusive interviews and diligent detail spike a variety of insights.


Leon Wildes

Leon Wildes - Raging Pages

Immigration attorney Leon Wildes won the infamous John Lennon vs. The USA deportation case, allowing Lennon and Yoko Ono to remain in New York City. Lisa Torem in 'Raging Pages' examines his book, 'John Lennon vs. the USA', highlights the drama and its aftermath.


Pamela Des Barres

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

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.


Yes

Yes - Raging Pages

In 'Raging Pages', her book column, Lisa Torem finds that Will Romano's new book about the 1972 Yes album, 'Close to the Edge' successfully addresses the album's legacy.


Frank Zappa

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

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

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


Patti Smith

Patti Smith - Raging Pages

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds musician/author Patti Smith's 'M Train to be a deep, exploratory memoir, suitable for travellers, creatives and more


Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter - Raging Pages

In 'Raging Pages', her monthly book column, Lisa Torem enjoys Mary Lou Sullivan’s expertly written biography, 'Raisin’ Cain: The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter'


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Raging Pages

Lisa Torem in her 'Raging Pages' examines ‘Lost Rockers, Broken Dreams and Crashed Careers’, a cautionary book that pays tribute to hardworking but unsuccessful musical contenders


Bob Boilen

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

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

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


Bobby Rydell

Bobby Rydell - Raging Pages

In his new autobiography, American vocalist Bobby Rydell chronicles his early rise to fame and subsequent personal challenges and triumphs.


Yes

Yes - Raging Pages

Canadian author Martin Popoff shows he's not just mired in Metal in his new book about prog rock band YES.


Donovan

Donovan - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love', our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a particular band or artist, Lisa Torem writes of some of her favourite songs by 60's folk artist Donovan


Ian Mclagan

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


Steve Krakow

Steve Krakow - Raging Pages

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem is excited about Steve Krakow AKA Plastic Crimewave's well-researched book about unsung Chicago luminaries. 'My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music'


Thin Lizzy

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

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

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

Ringo Starr - Michael Seth Starr/Ringo: With a Little Help

In the first part of a two part edition of her book column 'Raging Pages' , Lisa Torem examines Michael Starr's unauthorized biography 'Ringo : With a Little Help From My Friends' which shows many sides of the iconic drummer







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