Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
4 hours ago | Books
Visualizing the Beatles: A Complete Graphic History of the World’s Favorite Band By John Pring and Rob Thomas 288 pp. $26.99 Dey Street Books With hundreds of biographies published over decades, there can’t possibly be a completely different way t...
5 days ago | Books
What’s Big and Purple and Lives in the Ocean? The Moby Grape Story By Cam Cobb 320 pp. $22.95 Jawbone Press No matter how talented a band is or the high quality of their music, sometimes a positive career trajectory just comes down to sheer luck –...
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God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State By Lawrence Wright 368 pp. $27.95 Alfred A. Knopf The writing of Lawrence Wright is all over the map. Novelist. Playwright. Screenwriter. Journalist. A correspondent for both Texas Mon...
17 days ago | Concerts
Anyone who has seen “Weird Al” Yankovic (and yes, the quotation marks are part of the official billing) in concert knows what to expect: A string of his insanely catchy parody songs (i.e. “Eat It” “Like a Surgeon” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Par...
18 days ago | Books
It was a crime that shocked the proverbial small town of Kaufman, Texas in 2013. County Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was shot to death at close range by a black-clad assassin right outside the courthouse. District Attorney and clos...
1 month ago | Blue Notes
While it might not have as many users or generate as much income as many other adults-only online ventures, bluesman Tinsley Ellis does have an idea that would make any self-respecting gearhead salivate: Guitar Porn! In the credits for his new alb...