book review

Book Review: Robbie Robertson’s “Testimony”

Sep 29, 2018

Robbie Robertson had a music band while growing up on the Six Nations Indian Reserve in Canada, but he owes his professional music origins to two guys playing rockabilly and blues covers in the Arkansas Delta region. At age fifteen, Robertson gave two songs he had written to Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks after his band had opened for a Hawks performance in Canada. Returning to Arkansas, Hawkins recorded these songs for a new album. Hawkins invited his young composer/guitarist discovery to Fayetteville for a crash course in rockabilly guitar playing.

Book Review: A Welcome Murder

Sep 25, 2018

It’s often said when it comes to literature, that spinning a good yarn can best be done when one writes about “the other”. The "other" being out of the ordinary human beings grasping by their fingernails at the very fringes of life.  Losers, stooges, lowlifes, users, manipulators and narcissists, these are the characters known in literature as “the other”.

Photo Courtesy of David Leander Williams

From the 1930’s to the early 1970’s America’s big cities streets teemed with Jazz. Central Avenue in Los Angeles, Beale Street. in Memphis, 52nd Street in New York, and Welton Street in Denver to name a few.

Too often, one important street on this impressive list is left off, Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis. David Leander Williams reflects extensively on the history of Indiana Avenue and its jazz legacy in his book Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends, and Legacy of Indiana Avenue.

Dr. Robert Greer reviews Thud Ridge

May 9, 2018
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The Stain of the Vietnam war never seems to leave us. Much like the stench from a cracked 100-year-old egg. That nauseating smell just seems to linger. I recently read the book Thud Ridge by Colonel Jack Broughton. The story of F-105 pilots in Vietnam and found to my surprise I was very peripherally connected to the story.

The actual story concerns Broughton, a West Point Graduate, who had flown 114 combat missions in Korea. And who had been a commander of the U.S. Thunderbirds Arial demonstration team.

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I recently had the opportunity to read two intriguing books that set the American Historical Record straight.  The first book, The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency by Chris Enss is a fascinating book that fills in many blank pages about American law enforcement history.