Sellout, by Dan Ozzi

Staff Pick

Blame it on Dookie. When Green Day’s 1994 album turned the Bay Area trio into world-straddling superstars, A&R men started looking in nightclubs and college basements for the next pop-punk sensation. What happens to a guitar-slinging anarchist when a very large check is waved under their nose? Ozzi looks at Green Day and ten other bands ranging from Blink-182 to My Chemical Romance to Against Me! for the answer. It’s a warped tour of booze, drugs, hook-ups, fistfights, MySpace, and sleeping on fans’ floors. Ultimately, though, Sellout is a tribute to the bands, the labels, and fans who heard something behind the dollar signs--the music that could be their lives.


Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358244301
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

The Conjure-Man Dies, by Rudolph Fisher

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First published in 1932 during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, this superb mystery was the first to feature a Black detective--two of them, in fact. The plot revolves around a dead psychic, and suspects include high-lifes and low-lifes, but Conjure-Man consistently defies expectations, flipping the entire notion of a “locked-room” mystery on its head as Fisher piles twist upon twist. The physician-turned-author and Pan-Africanist also compiled a slang dictionary of Harlemese, and among the book's many pleasures is the wicked snap and crackle of its streetwise patter. This is a landmark mystery that's far from finished delighting audiences.


The Conjure-Man Dies (Library of Congress Crime Classics) By Rudolph Fisher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781464215964
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - April 5th, 2022

Notes on an Execution, by Danya Kukafka

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Kukafka's gripping novel turns the serial killer narrative on its head. While the clock ticks nearer to the execution of Ansel Packer, Kukafka tells the story of the victims and the women this psychopath has left in his wake. These include the mother who abandoned him to save herself,  the twin sister of the woman he married, and the childhood acquaintance who grew into the detective obsessed with bringing Packer to justice. Kukafka weaves a narrative web that ensnares the reader, presenting in forensic detail the foibles and ordinary heroism that make up the very human people most crime stories tend to dismiss. An unforgettable page-turner.

Notes on an Execution: A Novel By Danya Kukafka Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063052734
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Published: William Morrow - January 25th, 2022