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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

A Music Nerd Must-Read

Neal Pollack's Never Mind the Pollacks is the funniest book-length satire I've ever read on rock and rock criticism. And even though that sounds like a narrow category, if you're into rockcrit at all (or rock history), you should pick this up. Pollack's fictional version of himself (as narrated by an overly intellectual colleague) introduces Iggy Pop to decadence, helps Elvis with his tunes, and competes for Joan Baez's love (or at least her body). The game would wear thin if it lasted much longer, but Pollacks jabs and over-the-toppery manages well for the book's short duration.

Worth one Book-It! star.


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