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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Best of 2008 / Events / Band Names

I was doing some year-end inventory and saw that Carl Wilson's book on Celine Dion has made a number of "Best of 2008" lists, including...
  • The Telegraph - "The year's most essential book on music."
  • New York Magazine - #4 in their list of the top 10 books of 2008, edging out Roberto Bolano's 2666 by a spot. (And by about 1000 pages.)
  • Toronto Globe - One of the top 100 books of the year.
  • Eye Weekly - I don't think they've released the issue yet, but it is supposedly on the list.
Are there any that I'm missing here? Either Celine-related or otherwise? Let me know. Speaking of otherwise, I should add that I Shot A Man In Reno also got a nod for Best of 2008 in the Telegraph and in the Observer in the UK.

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Tueday 12/23 (TONIGHT!) at 7:00pm
Where: Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn

33 1/3 Multimedia Reading Series.
MILES MARSHALL LEWIS: Sly and the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On.
Sly and the Family Stone’s 1971 classic There’s a Riot Goin’ On album was a disturbingly ambivalent snapshot of post-Sixties turbulence, recorded amidst extreme rock excess and the druggy hedonism of singer-songwriter Sly Stone. Join us for some insight into the Family Stone—the first integrated, multiethnic funk-rock band—and the arc of their career from optimism to nihilism. Author Miles Marshall Lewis spins “Family Affair,” “Runnin’ Away” and other tracks while presenting Sly videoclips from Woodstock, the 2000 Showtime documentary The Skin I’m In and more.
Paris-based writer Miles Marshall Lewis has penned essays, interviews and cultural criticism for Rolling Stone, Dazed and Confused, The Believer, Salon.com and elsewhere. A former music editor of Vibe and deputy editor of XXL, he has also published fiction for several anthologies including Bronx Noir and Wanderlust.

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I wonder if there will be any overlap between The Onion's list of the best worst most amazing band names of 2008 and the list of proposals for 33 1/3s this time around. I don't know...I might be interested to read the story behind Parasitic Extirpation or Piss Pisstofferson.

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