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An Essential Book
on 6 July 2014
What a surprise HERE COMES THE NIGHT turns out to be. Having thoroughly enjoyed the excellent Ken Emerson's ALWAYS MAGIC IN THE AIR, I imagined there wasn't much more to say about the New York music scene in the sixties. Joel Selvin's book is an excellent extension of, and addition to, the story. The pages are stuffed with entertaining music history and anecdotes featuring dozens of familiar names along the way. As a fan of sixties pop and soul, it's one of the best music books I have ever read.
The book is very well written and fast paced. Having had my jaw dropped by Tommy James' book ME, THE MOB, AND THE MUSIC, I was well-prepared for the "dirty business" part of the story. What was impressive was Joel Selvin's handling of the more outrageous characters. There was none of that moralising high-mindedness that spoils so many other books, where authors cannot help but allow their own opinions to colour the tales they tell. I was able to make up my own mind about who was "good" or "bad" and came away having been thoroughly informed and entertained.
I ended up falling in love with Ellie Greenwich all over again.
The book includes an awe-inspiring, 35 pages long, Bert Berns discography. The detail in this section, compiled by music expert Rob Hughes, is worth the book price alone. With two Ace Records' Bert Berns compilation CDs easily available (and a third rumoured to be on the way) a newly opened stage show about Bert playing in NYC, and a documentary in production, it seems the uber-talented Bert Berns is finally being given the credit which has been long overdue.
This is an essential book for music fans.