Cool Yule: Forget boy bands and Barry Manilow—Christmas music may be the ultimate guilty pleasure. It’s inherently corny, unrepentantly joyful and the tiniest bit reverent—which are all qualities largely reviled by rock ’n’ roll purists.
Excitable Boys: In I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon, an oral biography edited by his ex-wife Crystal, the facts and legends intersect with those of many other lives, including Chet Atkins at the Exit/In.
in The Spin: Lone Official, Dewey Cox (with video), Bubblegum Complex, Buzz & Click V.
You might be interested in checking out Jim Ridley's piece in film on the new Joe Strummer doc. London Recalling: Punk died, the Silver Jews sang, the first time a kid shouted, “Punk’s not dead!”
Also, in books this week, two pieces are Nashville and music-centric:
Lacey Galbraith reviews the new book on Gram Parsons. A Story Full of Heartbreak and Desire: Gram Parsons died in 1973 at age 26, but biographer David Meyer’s Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music still clocks in at over 500 pages.
And, Grooving on Gibson: Illustrated history chronicles seven decades of Nashville’s famous guitar. Lucille began life as an acoustic archtop L-30 with an added pickup. She got her name in a nightclub in Twist, Ark., in 1949, when two men slugging it out over a woman named Lucille started a fire.
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