Picks and Pans Review: Rock Stars
by Timothy White
It makes no attempt to be comprehensive, but this collection of brief, sharp profiles of 41 major names in rock music could easily pass for an enjoyable history of the genre. White is a former Rolling Stone editor, and his text, while never reverent, is often pretentious. What's a discussion of rock 'n' roll, after all, without at least one mention of Carl Jung? White's choice of subjects could also be quarreled with. Why Jim Morrison but not Janis Joplin? Why Carly Simon but not Linda Ronstadt? Why Sting but not David Byrne? Nonetheless, White is fun to read, partly because he has a good eye for an anecdote. (Ray Charles, explaining why he fought two losing paternity suits, is quoted as saying that he never denied fathering the children, "I was just denying I was the Bank of America.") The accompanying pictures, by such rock photographers as Deborah Feingold and Andy Freeberg, are first class. (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $35)
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