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The Quest of the Historical Jesus
The Quest of the Historical Jesus
by Albert Schweitzer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 1 April 2013
The seminal book on the history of historical investigation of the life of Jesus. It takes the reader up to the beginning of the 20th century, and is still, over a 100 years later, a significant contribution to the study of the life of Jesus(Schweitzer's own perspective was that Jesus was a failed eschatological Jewish prophet, still remains a popular view). It isn't dull because of Schweitzer's enthusiasm, interest and empathy for those who had tackled the problem of writing an historical study of Jesus which he gets across in almost every page. The best sections are those on Strauss and Schweitzer's own final ruminations on what Jesus meant. That over a 100 years later it is still in print is testimony to its greatness. I'm sure it will remain important for this century too.


The MOJO Collection: The Albums That Define Popular Music
The MOJO Collection: The Albums That Define Popular Music
by Jim Irvin
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The 5000 albums or the Layers of popular music, 1 April 2013
The greatest albums of all time? Maybe not, but a fascinating and illuminative set of reviews of over a 1000 albums/CDs that cover the whole period of modern popular music from Frank Sinatra to Travis (there is an update The MOJO Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion but focusing on the 1960s onwards, giving anyone inspiration to explore and listen to a whole variety of artists. A great dip into book. A must for fans of Mojo magazine or for anyone who wants to get a chance at finding out about music they may want to get to know.


The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern California Experience
The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern California Experience
by Timothy White
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Episodic journey, 1 April 2013
Lots of interesting historical facts and summaries of California form the thirties to the sixties. It tells the story of the Beach Boys and Brian in particular, with a good dose of jounalistic depth but often appears as an amalgam of earlier pieces he wrote from the 70's and 80's, (which were better written) yet misses what is fascinating both muscially and personally about each member of the band. Really only for fans and not a book you would often return to.


Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s
Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s
by Robert Christgau
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertainingly authoritative reviews, 1 April 2013
Still, as perceptive as his reviews of the 80s are, it is not as essential as the review of the 70s. Though still worth it for the range of the works reviewed and the quality of the opinions expressed. Just don't expect to agree with them all.


David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of Western Civilization
David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of Western Civilization
by Israel Finkelstein
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars David and Solomon: facts, legend and myth., 1 April 2013
A well written, easy to follow account of David and Solomon and what according to Finkelstein we know of them. By which he means little, but not nothing (he is no minimalist). What we know is very different from the account in Samuel, Kings and Chronicles. All being of a later date and including much that archaeologically relates to over a 100 years later (advocated by the dating that comes from the argument for low chronology) and therefore reflects life not when David and Solomon were around but from the time of the Omrides. How persuasive it all is is a matter of debate, but the book is written with gusto, enthusiasm and enough notes for you to be able to appreciate the wider spectrum of opinion on the issues raised. A good read.


A Mountain of Gems - Fairy-Tales of the Peoples of the Soviet Land - Illustrated by V. Minayev
A Mountain of Gems - Fairy-Tales of the Peoples of the Soviet Land - Illustrated by V. Minayev
by Irina Zheleznova
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastsic series of fairy tales, 1 April 2013
My edition has stamped number 27. It is the original 1963 edition from the foreign languages publishing house Moscow. Some of the English is now archaic but it has a wealth of fantastic stories that will entertain and inform any child. I loved it as a child and still children, who I read it to, find these stories enthralling, scary and thoughtful. Get a copy if you can.


Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It (T&T Clark)
Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It (T&T Clark)
by Lester L. Grabbe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.74

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide for a very difficult period, 6 April 2012
This is not a history but a prolegomena (wisely the editor made sure this wasn't used) for a history of the origins, development and end of Ancient Israel and Judea. It is a wide ranging, full discussion and evaluation of the evidence (at the time of writing 2006/7) pertaining to any writing of a history of ancient Israel and Judea. Included is an extensive bibliography for further research and reading. If like me, it is a while since you read about this period, then it is a very useful summary, but with a sharp learning curve with regards to archaeology, e.g. discussion of Low and Modified Conventional Chronology, the intricacies of dating, and its relationship to the Biblical narrative. Only 4 stars because the book is let down by a lack of maps, which would help in the orientation for the reader of places and periods. At the end you know and understand the difficulties of writing a history of this period, but that it is not impossible and there is much we know and much for which disagreement is quite legitimate and valid. Definite worthwhile purchase.


15 Big Ones/Love You
15 Big Ones/Love You
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Find Brian's World in the 70s, 13 Feb. 2012
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Either you adore or loathe Love You. For many in the 70s this was pop music in tune with New Wave and the poppy side of punk. Every track around 2 minutes in length. Primitive drums, synths, a bit of guitar, gruff, nasally vocals with added harmony and strange yet meaningful lyrics -who's the man that we admire - Johnny Carson of course. Great. 15 Big Ones - laboured and something close to a still birth. Alternate title Group Therapy.


Sunflower/Surf's Up
Sunflower/Surf's Up
Price: £6.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this music to your day, 13 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Sunflower/Surf's Up (Audio CD)
Almost perfect is the first half - Sunflower. A candy confection of music. It rambles and wanders, rocks and even the schmaltz (courtesy of Bruce Johnston) stays just the right side of annoying, helped by Brian's silly lyrics. The second half is slightly more patchy (Student Demonstration Time dated very quickly), but contains some majestic work: Feel Flows, Surf's Up, Day in The life of a Tree and of course 'Til I Die. After Pet Sounds and the hits of the 60s essential.


Pet Sounds [2000 Re-issue]
Pet Sounds [2000 Re-issue]
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Price: £5.53

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Soul Music, 13 Feb. 2012
Is this the best album ever? Who knows. Can it ever be judged with such a wide variety of music. But this relates musically and vocally the angst and love and fears of one young american mediated through a beautiful mix of jazz influenced rock and pop. Exquisite.


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