In The Show I’ll Never Forget, writer Sean Manning has gathered an amazing array of unforgettable concert memories from a veritable A-list of acclaimed novelists, poets, biographers, cultural critics, and songwriters. Their candid, first-person recollections reveal as much about the writers’ lives at the time as they do about the venues where the shows occurred or the artists onstage. Ishmael Reed on Miles Davis Luc Sante on Public Image Ltd. Heidi Julavits on Rush Daniel Handler and Andrew Sean Greer on Metric ...
In The Show I’ll Never Forget, writer Sean Manning has gathered an amazing array of unforgettable concert memories from a veritable A-list of acclaimed novelists, poets, biographers, cultural critics, and songwriters. Their candid, first-person recollections reveal as much about the writers’ lives at the time as they do about the venues where the shows occurred or the artists onstage. Ishmael Reed on Miles Davis Luc Sante on Public Image Ltd. Heidi Julavits on Rush Daniel Handler and Andrew Sean Greer on Metric Diana Ossana on Led Zeppelin Maggie Estep on Einsturzende Neubauten Dani Shapiro on Bruce Springsteen Gary Giddins on Titans of the Tenor! Nick Flynn on Mink DeVille Susan Straight on The Funk Festival Rick Moody on the The Lounge Lizards Jennifer Egan on Patti Smith Harvey Pekar on Joe Maneri Thurston Moore on Glen Branca, Rudolph Grey, and Wharton Tiers Chuck Klosterman on Prince Sigrid Nunez on Woodstock Jerry Stahl on David Bowie Charles R. Cross on Nirvana Marc Nesbitt on The Beastie Boys And many more . . . No matter where your musical taste falls, these often funny, occasionally sad, always thought-provoking essays-all written especially for The Show I’ll Never Forget-are sure to connect with anyone who loves, or has ever loved, live music.
"Da Capo Press is in the habit of publishing great books; [this] is no exception."
"A veritable history of true rock culture . . . Forget VH1, this is what it was really like."
Signal to Noise
Good fun . . . Manning's collection isn't strictly music journalism, but it is 50 (or 49, anyway) little love stories.
Will surely strike a universal chord with anyone who has looked at music as more that just a pleasant distraction.
A book you'll have trouble putting down.
This collection is well worth the ticket price.
Very much like a experiencing a concert by one of the greats ... there are moments of transcendence.
In this uneven but engaging collection of essays, 50 writers recall their most memorable concert experience, spanning about 50 years of popular music history. Manning does a great job of collecting a diverse range of writers and musicians for this project, and his sequencing has the intuitive logic of a well considered set list. Though the book is chronological, the parallel movements of different musical eras are allowed to bump up against each other in fascinating ways, such as when the smooth showmanship of Billy Joel gives way to the raw violence of X in 1979. The pieces in this collection are most successful when they combine personal anecdotes with specific and original recollections of the band being profiled. Tracy Chevalier's essay about seeing Queen in 1977 is a perfect evocation of experiencing live music for the first time, as she describes "the familiarity and yet also the strange rawness of the songs." While the overall pace of the collection is slowed by "you had to be there" essays about a Bruce Springsteen show, Woodstock and other events, there are enough high points to satisfy a dedicated live music aficionado. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Da Capo Press continues its strong tradition of producing outstanding compilations with this volume, edited by SPIN magazine writer Manning. Collected here are 50 pieces in which noted novelists (Heidi Julavits), poets (Maggie Estep), and writers on vernacular music (Andy Greenwald) recount the most memorable concert they attended. However, the book is much more than a catalog of recollections of performances by Public Image Limited, Miles Davis, the Notorious B.I.G., David Bowie, Nirvana, and Nina Simone. The gifted contributors tell the reader at least as much about the society and various subcultures of the past half century as they do about the artists and concerts themselves. Like the recent Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006, this work is highly recommended and is essential for any public or academic library with a popular music collection.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.