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Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    I think I have to give up on this one. Okay, I love music of ma

    I think I have to give up on this one.

    Okay, I love music of many genres and since my series starts in 1974 and revolves around music, I thought this would be a great way to plunge myself into the atmosphere and pick up hints and research. I've been reading it off and on for quite some time now. Yesterday I hit page 66 and my brain screamed, "I just can't go on with this!"

    There are facts galore, bands galore, drugs galore, crimes, misdemeanors, political throw-ins... but it's not a story. It's not even creative non-fiction. It's a compilation of a plethora of facts about music with so many groups and places it's impossible to keep anything straight or to hang on to any of the info.

    Now and then there is a touch of humor. Now and then I found something to mark as interesting. There's much potential but the sandpaper-dry grittiness of it makes it not such a pleasure to read.

    I give it the three stars because the research is incredible and detailed and I can see how people used to dry reading could find value in it, as well as those who lived in NYC at the time and can relate to and understand the place names that have next to zero context for the rest of us, and those into the more obtuse bands of the more obtuse genres.

    I just can't do it, and I'm disappointed by that.

    (reviewer note: I read far more fiction than non-fiction and without a good storyline or characters I can relate to in some manner, it's hard to hold me in. I allowed leeway for that in my rating.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Like a vacation

    I felt like I went back in time! During the 70's I was a child in Chicago and only in the 80s learned about these NYC bands and musicians. It was really fun to read this narrative of how they developed as well as the surrounding city and events. The writing is vivid. I like that the author was slightly too young to be part of the scene, so he can report on it with the attitude of fascination and admiration rather than with the possible agenda or prejudices of someone who was central to the scene at the time.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Really good, really interesting history

    a must for serious music fans.

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    Posted November 27, 2011

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    Posted December 12, 2012

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