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Strange Stars: A Must-Read For Sci-Fi and Pop Music Fans

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Long, long ago, in a movie theater far, far away, a young lad named David Robert Jones watched a London screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 lost-in-space tale had a life-shaking effect on the person who would become David Bowie. At the time, Bowie was just a skinny singer with a dream, and a penchant for science fiction. After identifying with Robert Heinlein’s novel Starman Jones, about an Ozark farm boy who wants to go to space, Bowie devoured Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov and all that the Golden Age of sci-fi could provide. Some of his earliest songs were abbreviated science fiction plots of strange worlds, strange creatures, stranger things. And in 1969, five days…

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BookTrib Best of 2017: 15 Books Fit for a Prince: Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Prince’s Iconic First VMA Performance

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‘Earlier, I had been talking stuff in a violent room’—- okay, it wasn’t a ‘violent room,’ more like a violet one. Purple. THE color that belongs to only one artist and no one will own it the way he has for more than 35 years. In this purple space, I was contemplating and discussing what the VMAs mean to me this year, 16 months after Prince’s passing. Like many, I still roam these musical streets in a constant state of WTH!?, but I am coping by listening to what he left us, watching his films and videos and fervently reading things I hadn’t read since I was 12, new books, hard to find out-of-print books and even a few advance…

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‘Unbelievable’ New Releases You Can’t Wait to Read!

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Two weeks into September and it’s finally starting to feel like fall, and with the new season, comes new books! From riveting autobiographies and intense dramas, to provoking sci-fi and secret love, here are eight new books just released this week. The wide variety of genres ensures that there’s something for everybody to read. Forest Dark: A Novel, Nicole Krauss From acclaimed author Nicole Krauss comes her latest novel, a vivid story centered around the lives of two very different people, one an older, recently retired partner of a law firm, and the other a young, well-known novelist going through both personal and professional troubles. Both find themselves in Israel, desperately searching for something they haven’t been able to find. Full of…

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‘I Want My MTV’: A Literary Guide to the 1984 VMA Awards

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Billboard called 1984 “pop music’s best year ever,” and many agree that it was a magical musical time where not only could we hear music, but we could see it; and MTV was instrumental in making that happen. While there was much to be concerned with on the political front and relations with Iran, crack-cocaine was becoming an epidemic, and there was the scare of AIDS that stirred fear and pandered to our overall ignorance as a nation. Despite these social perils, in 1984 we also saw some firsts that signified promise in a time of overwhelming dystopia. Singer/Actress Vanessa L. Williams became the first African American Miss America and the space shuttle Discovery made its maiden voyage. The year…

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It’s VMA Week at BookTrib with Awesome Reads, Articles and Giveaways!

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On August 27, 2017, MTV will air its 34th Annual Video Music Awards or what we of the MTV generation affectionately refer to as the “VMAs.”  This year’s show will be hosted by Katy Perry and will feature performances by Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony and Kendrick Lamar, who is this year’s most nominated artist for his video, “Humble.” Host Katy Perry and artist/producer The Weeknd are tied for second place behind Lamar, each with five VMA nominations to their credit. This year’s VMAs are just as monumental as ever, marking two firsts in the show’s history. First, MTV has eliminated all gendered categories in favor of combining the best male and best female categories into one Artist of the Year category…

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Remembering the Many Artistic Faces of David Bowie

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It’s difficult to find the words to exactly describe David Bowie, who passed away January 10, just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his latest studio album, Blackstar. His mercurial image and musical style paved the way for many of the biggest names in popular music today, and his lyrics have transcended generations to become some of the most well-known and most beloved songs of all time. His son, director Duncan Jones, announced his father’s passing with a heart-wrenching tweet. Longtime producer Tony Visconti told Rolling Stone, “His death was not different from his life–a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.” A life as expansive and impactful as Bowie’s is difficult to…

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4 Classic rock histories with a backbeat

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Have someone on your Christmas list who has a hankering for classic rock? Sometimes, these people are the most difficult to find a gift for. You want to help them indulge their musical passion, but what do you get that special someone when you know they already have all the albums by their favorite artist? Thanks to a spate of new books, you can help that hard-to-shop-for someone do more than just listen to their favorite performers. Within these books can be found these artists’ life stories, the sagas of their incredible careers, and the background behind the hits that have become the soundtrack of our lives. So this year, try rockin’ around the Christmas tree with these books. Yule…

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