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Teen Picks: “Unorthodox Jukebox” by Bruno Mars

Material Type: Music
Album Title: Unorthodox Jukebox
Artist: Bruno Mars

What is it about or what kind of music is it? It’s R&B mixed with a bit of 80’s pop and some soul.

What did you think of it & why did you pick it up: I loved it. His first album was better. But, dosen’t that always happen. I heard about it cause I heard Locked out of Heaven on the radio. I avoided it for a while cause that song is so diffrent from his first album. Then, I heard “When I was Your Man and Treasure”  and decided to listen to it.

Star Rating4stars It was really good. I’ve already told my friends about it.

I would suggest this for: Everyone!

Name: The Doctor

Grade and School: Tardis High School

Thanks for the review, Doctor! ;)

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Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom!

I love it when someone tells me about something I never knew existed. I live for it in fact. Wanting to delve more deeply into mid-century noir novels, a friend hipped me to a great website where I could track down some out of print titles. On said website, I was also pleased to stumble upon a treasure trove of great books on music. One of them was Nik Cohn’s Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom. It’s the best title of a book of all time, right? Thankfully, the book lives up to its title and then some.

Nik Cohn wrote Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom in 1968 during a feverish seven week assault on his manual typewriter. Mark Rozzo, writing in the New York Times, called the book “a monument to speed writing.” It’s a who’s who of the “Golden Age of Rock,” from Elvis to Gene Pitney, Chuck Berry to The Beatles and The Stones, all told in pithy and pitch perfect mini-biographies. Taken as a whole one of the most inspired and engaging enumerations of the birth and evolution of rock music I’ve read to date, and I’ve read several. Nik Cohn writes with great personality and pulls no punches. It’s a wholly entertaining read. Even the most steadfast rock aficionado is bound to learn something from this Nik Cohn lost classic.

-Brad Allen