20+ book gifts for hip kids – and adults, too!

Books for cool kids

Got a kid on your holiday shopping list? Wanna introduce them to the Beats, modern design, the ’60s, jazz, folk, or rock & roll? Or, just give ‘em something fun? Check these way cool tomes for tots (and grown-ups, too). Most of these are picture books; a few are available for Kindle, too. Click on […]

Review – Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono by Lisa Carver

Reaching Out with No Hands - Reconsidering Yoko Ono

Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono / Lisa Carver / Backbeat Books / 2012 / 978-1617130946 The popular perceptions of Yoko Ono are often unflattering: hanger-on, untalented, unattractive, shrill, remote. Lisa Carver, herself an artist and musician, strips away perception to find the real Yoko. Carver considers the merits of Ono’s visual, written, […]

Review – An Invisible Flower by Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono - An Invisible Flower

An Invisible Flower by Yoko Ono / Chronicle Books / 52 pages / 978-1452109114 An Invisible Flower was written and illustrated by nineteeen-year-old Yoko Ono, years before she met John Lennon, or became a public figure. It is the tale of a girl who sees a flower that no one else can see. Finally, she […]

Review – Love Me Do: Behind the Scenes at the Recording of the Beatles’ First Single

Love Me Do Behind the Scenes at the Recording of the Beatles' First Recording

Bill Harry’s chronicle of the Beatles road to their first single release may not get any awards for journalistic style, but it is still a fascinating rundown of the lucky breaks, perseverence, and machinations it can take to get even a talented band signed. Harry’s e-book is great for the little insider details of how […]

Review – The John Lennon Letters

The John Lennon Letters

It’s the small artifacts of everyday life which reveal so much about us – the notes, letters, photos, lists, all capture our daily moods and thoughts. Some are intimate; others are mundane, but all have the capacity to shed light on who we are. Collected here are John Lennon’s letters, postcards and other ephemera; each […]