Peter M. Cummings

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (31 of 33)
Location: Charlottesville, VA


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,739,079 - Total Helpful Votes: 31 of 33
Bukowski and the Beats by Jean-François Duval
Bukowski and the Beats by Jean-François Duval
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It just goes to show, you can’t judge a book by its cover, or it’s title for that matter. This book is just awful. Awful. Bukowski wasn’t a Beat, he didn’t hang with the Beats and he had nothing in common with the Beats. This book struggles through it’s 255 “pages” attempting to find any connection, regardless how tenuous, linking Buk to the Beats. It is like saying “Lawrence Welk and the Beatles”. They only thing they have in common is that they lived at the same time and made music: Buk lived at the same time as the Beats and they both wrote. There are two separate stories going on here: one about the life of Bukowski and the other is… Read more
Do You Know The Difference Between Big Wood And Br&hellip ~ American Song Poem Anthology
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Do you know the difference between big wood and brush? It’s a question asked by the opening track of this latest collection of song-poems, and it’s a question that has been burning in my mind since purchasing the CD. I think it’s a thought provoking idea that is particularly fitting for an artistic endeavor such as this: do you know the difference between manufactured pop-crap and real soul-searching song craftsmanship? This collection of songs is real, as real as it gets. It represents the real dreams of real people. Every song on this collection deserves mention, but with a satisfying 28 cuts, it would be an impossible task.
The stylistic representation on the CD… Read more
Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Tr&hellip ~ Sun Ra
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Higer Than The Sun, 6 Jun 2001
There are few words that strike more fear into heart of any music fan than "Greatest Hits". Usually with a greatest hit record you program the CD player to skip certain "classics". This is not the case with this record. It really is a nice review of Sun Ra's expansive musical styles. It opens with some rather straight forward jazz and then ascends through his highly experimental numbers. One thing I really like about this CD is the chronological order. You can really experience the evolution of Sun Ra's sound and the transition from Sonny Blount to Sun Ra. This is the absolute perfect place to start if you are not familiar with Ra and will give you some jumping off… Read more

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