Bill Browder’s Red Notice, about fraud, corruption & murder in Putin’s Russia, reads like a thriller and I raced through it in a day, on the edge of my seat, amazed and horrified.

John Higgs’ book about Bond and the Beatles posits them as opposing forces in British popular culture and is fascinating and insightful, even if his central point is sometimes a bit overstated.

Micheal Braun’s contemporary account of travelling with the Beatles in 63 is surprisingly revealing, and you get a good sense of who they each were at the time; the only one who really comes out of it well is Ringo, who just seems happy to be there.

Long Road by Stephen Hyden is an analysis of Pearl Jam’s career constructed as a mix tape where he uses an obscure recording as the starting point for each chapter – I loved it, and he was very insightful about Gen X too, so it’s not just for PJ obsessives like me – it’s the first social history book that includes my own childhood and young adulthood as part of a historical analysis which is a benchmark of increasing age, I suppose.

Pearl Jam 20 probably is just for PJ obsessives, though.

And I blogged about Constantine last week.

A pile of books that I read this month. A large format book about Pearl Jam called 20, and a hardback book about them by Stephen Hayden called Long Road. Two Hellblazer comic book collections Simon Spuirrier’s run on the title. John Higgs’ book about the Beatles and Bond, Love and let Die, and a contemporary book about the Beatles called Love me Do by Michael Braun. Finally, Bill Browder’s takedown of corruption and murder in Russia, Red Notice.




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