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25 Hours A Day

This is Kim Fowley, or more precisely one of his alter egos, Jimmy Jukebox: ’25 Hours A Day’ – an obscure b-side from Hollywood’s champion of trash culture. We wanted an excuse to present this little known gem, probably thrown together in a few hours – and none the worse for it – by one […]

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On Sunset Strip

Summer Reading on the Sunset Strip by Mike Sonksen Dating back to 1997 I’ve been giving Los Angeles bus tours, and one of the most frequent locations is the Sunset Strip. Once avocado groves and poinsettia fields, the Sunset Strip’s decadent history ranges from Mafia speakeasies during Prohibition to its evolution into an epicenter of […]

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Monsters of Philosophy

There’s an interview with John Scanlan about his Van Halen Reverb book in the ‘Ideas’ section of the Boston Sunday Globe of 15 July, 2012. The ‘Ideas’ section, apparently features ‘section features reporting and commentary on the ideas, people, books, and trends that are shaking up the intellectual world,’ or so it says here. The […]

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Van Halen (Examiner)

From Leslie Feffer at examiner.com (03 June 2012), here is a short feature / interview piece about our recent Reverb book, Van Halen: “John Scanlan’s Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock ‘n’ Roll (Reaktion Books – Reverb) is a different kind of book. Instead of the typical rock bio that documents the chronology of the […]

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Los Angeles Times featured …

In today’s Los Angeles Times‘ Summer Reading recommendations, John Scanlan’s book in the Reverb series, Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock’n’Roll was featured in the History and Biography selections, nestling amidst titles by some notable Booker Prize winners (Hilary Mantel, Martin Amis) and alongside titles on supposedly more weighty matters and cultural figures … ?!

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Van Halen reviews

Dagens Næringsliv’s D2 magazine (Norwegian business daily, 27 April 2012): “Making unlikely connections between Van Halen and movements as seemingly remote as the Beats and Bebop, Scanlan convincingly makes the case that the relationship between Roth and Eddie Van Halen reveals something of the essence of California … it is a tale concerned with the […]

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Zen Rock’n’roll

‘I hate the word maturing’, singer David Lee Roth once said. ‘I don’t like the word evolving – or any of that bullshit. The point is to keep it as simplistic, as unassuming, and as stupid as possible.’ This book follows Van Halen’s pursuit of the art of artlessness, and describes how they characterize ‘Zen California’ […]

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Hide Your Sheep

Well, this is an odd one. As you may have noticed if you have looked at the menu on the right, one of our forthcoming Reverb books is titled, Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock’n’Roll. That’s my book, as it happens. Now, it is not my intention to use this blog to go on about […]