Lord of the Strings: The Influence of Tolkien on Heavy Metal Music

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky January 7, 2013
Why do metalheads love 'The Lord of the Rings' so much? We explore the influence of J double-R on metal music and culture.

10 Songs About Writing

Column by Ed Sikov January 3, 2013
10 Songs about Writing, from the Beatles and the Monotones to Johnny Flynn and Elvis Costello.
Jay-Z to score the Great Gatsby

New Gatsby Film Adaptation to be Scored by Jay-Z

News by Dean Fetzer January 3, 2013
The new film, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby, is to feature Jay-Z’s music as part of the score.
Trapped in the Closet Book

Trapped in the Closet - R. Kelly Writes the Book

News by Dean Fetzer
R. Kelly turns his hand to novel writing with the stories behind his “hip hopera."
King & Mellencamp Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

All-Star Cast Records Soundtrack for Stephen King Musical

News by Dean Fetzer
The soundtrack for ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’, written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp, has been recorded and is due out in March.
'Ghost Dances' by Josh Garrett-Davis giveaway

UPDATED WITH WINNER -- Little Punk on the Prairie: Win A Copy of 'Ghost Dances' by Josh Garrett-Davis

News by Joshua Chaplinsky September 17, 2012
Win a copy of Josh Garrett-Davis' historical punk rock plains memoir, 'Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains.'
News, Publishing, Music, Beck

Beck To Publish His Next Album With McSweeney's... Wait, What?

News by Rob Hart August 9, 2012
Beck will publish his next album with McSweeney's. It'll have booklets, lyrics and sheet music--but you need to play the songs yourself.

White Whale, Holy Grail: Moby Dick and Mastodon's Leviathan

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky May 4, 2012
An epic column about an epic metal record about Melville's epic novel.

Interdimensional Hit Parade: Sci-Fi Influenced Pop Music

Column by Jon Korn April 12, 2012
There are good songs, there are great songs, and then there are songs that reference Kurt Vonnegut. Jon Korn explores science fiction influenced music.
Rolling Words Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg, Author of "Book," Wants You To Roll It Up And Smoke It

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen April 6, 2012
For many of us, the idea of ripping pages from a book is sacrilege. For Snoop Dogg, it's the goal--because his new book, called 'Rolling Words,' is made of, well...I'll let you guess.

Ten Lighter-Raising, Horn-Throwing, Can't-Miss Rock Biographies

Column by Joe Daly March 23, 2012
A classic rock biography is fueled by more than just wild tales of epic hedonism. It takes exhaustive research, keen insight and rich, engaging prose. Of course, sex, drugs and rock and roll help too.
The Dirt: 10th Anniversary

Ten Years Later, We Still Love 'The Dirt' by Neil Strauss

Review by Joe Daly February 13, 2012
Ten years after its release, 'The Dirt' remains one of the greatest rock biographies in history. We tell you why.

hitRECord: Where the Wild Things Are

Column by Joe Daly February 6, 2012
From his visionary and innovative online community, hitRECord, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is changing the way we look at the Internet from "Hey, look at me," to "Hey, let's do this."
The 90s: The Inside Stories from the Decade That Rocked

'The 90s: The Inside Stories from the Decade That Rocked' by Rolling Stone Magazine

Review by Joe Daly October 25, 2011
Enter literary time capsule, The 90s: The Inside Stories from the Decade That Rocked, a dense, slickly packaged “Best of” collection of original articles published by Rolling Stone magazine in the 90s