Friday, November 09, 2012
Hey pallies, likes I am thrilled to give all you Dino-philes a double dose of our most beloved Dino this very Dino-day. In doin' my usual Dino-surfin' on the ol' web, just came 'cross the excitin' news that our Dino is bein' hugely hugely homaged in a new musical bio book tagged, "Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music."
Scribed by none other then Mr. Dylan Jones' that swingin' editor of The Brit GQ Magazine, the review below by Mr. Jon Garelick of of the Boston indie paper, "The Phoenix," pontificates on the the deep devotion that Master Jones lavishes on our great man. Garelick notes, "No worries here — Jones skips through pop-music history as he sees fit: 75 words for Little Richard, 1800 for Living Colour, 116 on a combined Joy Division/New Order article, 6000 on Dean Martin. And why not? Dean Martin was the most important popular singer of Jones's childhood."
6000 glorious words devoted simply and purely to our King of Cool! Now how amazin'ly satisfyin' is that o'pallies of mine. Likes I am certainly gonna have to gets quickly to my local book purveyer and gets my order to soak in each and everyone of those 6000 gloriously devotion words in praise of our most beloved Dino.
ilovedinomartin is truly lost for words to properly thank Mr. Dylan Jones for helpin' grow the Dino-revolution hugely through his most devoted Dino-remembrances. And, we thank Mr. Jon Garelick and the pallies at "The Phoenix" for puttin' the world on to this newest Dino-find. To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino pallies! Dino-always, ever, and, of course, only! DMP btw pallies, likes if you put Dylan Jones into the search engine of this here ilovedinomartin blog, you will discover a few more pieces of prose scribed by Master Jones in honor of our most honorable Dino!
Review: Dylan Jones's 'Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music'
By JON GARELICK | November 8, 2012
In the modern world of Wiki and the Interweb, if you're going to produce an actual print-edition dictionary of pop music, you'd better frontload it with attitude. After all, all those "facts" are available elsewhere. Dylan Jones knows this, and his Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music: From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop is proudly idiosyncratic, wise-ass, random, and even downright uninformative. Jones — currently editor of British GQ, with a long history of music books and journalism behind him — offers respect for the standard music encyclopedia, but he also finds them "obsessively objective and pathologically comprehensive."
No worries here — Jones skips through pop-music history as he sees fit: 75 words for Little Richard, 1800 for Living Colour, 116 on a combined Joy Division/New Order article, 6000 on Dean Martin. And why not? Dean Martin was the most important popular singer of Jones's childhood. This book is nothing if not personal — Nick Hornby on steroids. So one article begins: "The first time I met David Bowie, he asked me for a light." It's the first time he met Bowie, before becoming a journalist. Later, we'll get bits of Madonna and others culled from old interviews.
So yes, this book is as much about Jones as about his subjects, and the disproportions are part of its wit (a two-line admiring entry for Kraftwerk). His reminiscences are sometimes spiked with poetic insight — those old Dean Martin 7-inches at his parents' house "evoked a world of snap brim hats and patent leather booze." And the entry on Dylan's "Blind Willie McTell" even gets down to a good ol' rock-crit close reading. But I think the future of this book is in the e-book edition, where, we're told, there are hyperlinks to the artists' pages on iTunes.
THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF POPULAR MUSIC :: By Dylan Jones :: Picador :: 912 pages [paper] › $25