Excerpts from reviews of
Turning Points of Rock and Roll
smoothly written book mixes music, social change, business and
technology as it proceeds chronologically, reviewing such happenings as
Elvis Presley’s and Chuck Berry’s early recordings; Dick Clark’s
American Bandstand; Beatlemania; the Monterey Pop, Woodstock and
Altamont music festivals; the Live Aid concert; and the growth of MP3s
and Napster. 8 of 10
- William Keogan, The Celebrity Café
Excerpts from reviews of
Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader:
BEFORE THE inevitable not another Bob Marley book!
leaves their mouths, fans of the reggae king should take a browse
through Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright , a new tome by American
writer Hank Bordowitz. It was released July 1 in the United States by Da
- Howard Campbell, The Jamaica
Was Bob Marley the most influential artist of the
20th Century? Bordowitz’s book begins with this highly
debatable claim, yet the entertaining collection of essays that follow
establish a convincing argument. ****
- Nick Moore, Q Magazine
The book abounds with engaging writing…the book’s
thoroughly open approach presents an intellectually populish map to one
of the 20th century’s most enduring figures.
- Jesse Jarrow, Relix
Generally well written and offering many viewpoints, this
collection is a great read for casual readers and longtime fans.
- Bill Walker, Library Journal
Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley
Reader (Da Capo) edited by Hank Bordowitz compiles an array of
essays, reviews, features and analytical pieces about Marley in a manner
that's often illuminating, occasionally exasperating, but never dull or
- Ron Wynn, City Paper
Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright
synthesizes all these aspects into a cohesive reading experience, and
deals with him as a political, spiritual, musical, and above all, human
Excerpts from reviews of
The Bruce Springsteen Scrapbook
The author has captured Bruce Springsteen and has made him
part of our Rock'n'Roll life, even if we thought we knew Bruce before.
- John Shelton Ivany’s Top 21 syndicated
Excerpts from reviews of The U2 Reader:
along with people interested in the bands cultural impact, will want to read this
- William Keogan, Celebrity Cafe
The U2 Reader has big-name contributors -- Elizabeth
Wurtzel dissecting Achtung Baby for the New Yorker; Salman Rushdie
recalling a pogoing session with Van Morrison in Bono's living room -- and profiles
cribbed from everything from Time to Star Hits...
- Tom Doyle, Blender
A collective will to succeed does bleed through the 300 pages of The U2 Reader.
Something had to take the band from winning a trophy in Limerick to performing at the
Super Bowl. Still, sheer ambition only explains a portion of the band's Story So Far.
Anyone attempting to compile a good retrospective needs to give fair, representative time
to all the key themes of the past twenty-five years. No, more than that -- he needs to
give all themes equal time and to present them in some coherent fashion and
to be entertaining, not just erudite and not to run on too long.
- Angela Pancella, @U2.com
The U2 Reader was also featured on VH-1, in Goldmine,
The Bergen Record, Relix, as well as on numerous radio stations across
Excerpts from reviews of Bad Moon Rising:
Bordowitzs recounting of all the acrimony is well detailed and not
too hyperbolic. This is must reading for CCR-philes...
Bordowitz provides evenhanded treatment of highly charged issues....
persuasively demonstrating that CCR has earned their reputation as one
of the most important bands in rock history.
- Publishers Weekly
Bordowitz brings CCRs complex story to life...[he] never takes sides or
passes judgment yet brilliantly illuminates the tragedy of CCRs lost
- Literary Journal
If Hank Bordowitz’s Bad Moon Rising isn't ‘the saddest story in rock
‘n’ roll,’ ... it certain comes within kissing distance.
- USA Today
This man IS the ultimate music writer/journalist. He knows
everything there is to know, and puts a pen to paper like poetry. If you want to know what
is worth listening to, talk to Hank.
> Douglass Hoppe - Xenomusic
Having worked with hundreds of freelance critics since launching a
review web site in 1994, I can state with assurance that Hank Bordowitz easily ranks among
the finest. Hank has all of the qualities that I hope to find in a freelancer. His writing
is entertaining, clear, credible, and free of errors. Hank both a fine writer and a
dependable employee. He always returns assignments in a timely fashion, and he always
keeps me apprised of his status. Working with Hank is a sincere pleasure.
- Dan Finely - Publisher, PreAmp.com
My "go-to-guy" for the
offbeat and eclectic subjects in the world of music. He's also very quick!!!
- Len Fico, President, Fuel 2000 Records
Hank Bordowitz - He is an
entertainment guru, for sure. I sent him my demo CD, with a flyer for my upcoming
performances. One of the songs is "Everybody Eats When They Come to My
House," and he made the connection that it would be perfect for a radio program on
710am, "Food Talk," with Arthur Schwartz. So, he led the way, and the next
day I was featured on the program! The clip is now on my web site...
- Vickie Smith, singer, www.vickiesmith.com.
Of all the articles written
about the history of "Peanuts" on television and about the history of Vince
Guaraldi, the article by Hank Bordowitz was the best over a 40 year period.
- Lee Mendelson, Producer of all of the Peanuts TV Specials
Hank Bordowitz is a fine writer and
one of the best damn pop culture journalists on the planet. I just wish we could
- Dominic Salemi, editor and publisher of Brutarian
I don't care if the preamble to this Web site says that Hank's career "has
taken him to television, radio, records, the web, infinity and beyond." Hank
is Hank because, after all these years, he's still got the music in him. And
he hasn't turned into a movie critic.
- Ken Richardson, entertainment editor, Sound & Vision magazine
As a professional, I've hired Hank
Bordowitz to create a World Music library for an internationally distributed satellite
radio system and he developed a World Class product from scratch. As a fan of outstanding
music journalism, I've read Hank's various chronicles of music history and find him to be
thorough and entertaining. In every way, Hank is a learned and passionate man of words and
music with no parameters to his abilities.
- Lou Simon, A&R Executive and Radio Consultant.
I had the pleasure of
collaborating with Hank Bordowitz on the construction of a web site about opera. I found
him scrupulous in his attention to detail, and always eager to create an enjoyable
atmosphere at work.
- William Hicks, Conductor, Voice Coach, Pianist, Metropolitan
Opera (1995-2001), London Sinfonietta (2001-present)
One of the most fun panels, as well as being informative, was focussed on artist
management. Sean Agnew, Hank Bordowitz, Jerry Lembo, Missy Collazo and others had a Marx
Brothers delivery and a savvy real-world spin on how to get your message through to
- Polar Levine, PopCult.com (www.popcultmedia.com)
Hank Bordowitz is a veteran
journalist and author with that rarest of celebrity-media credentials, a bullshit
detector. Whether he's writing about Creedence Clearwater Revival, the latest boy band or
a professional wrestler, Bordowitz will paint the picture and give you a solid opinion on
the subject without pulling his punches.
- John Swenson, journalist and editor
Freelancing for Hank was always a pleasure: He's fair, thorough, professional, and an
all-around nice guy who encourages and edits writers without removing their
"voice." Now, would someone please give this guy his own magazine? I need the
- Elianne Halbersberg, freelance journalist
Hank Bordowitz is an
intelligent journalist whose curiosity knows no bounds. He has an ability to explore many
facets of our lives, from ethics and morality to dietary preferences, and then synthesize
them into one coherent body of work that stands on its own to represent the individual or
subject about whom or which he is writing.. He is trustworthy and in my estimation, has
impeccable integrity, a quality valued in journalism.
- Debbie Friedman, songwriter & performer
Hank always knows which writer to
choose for the job, and how to shape the work of a number of different writers into a
coherent voice for a publication!
- Brian Ives, Freelance writer and MCY correspondent
Hank is a man we go to not only
for editing and writing about music, but lots more. His copyrighting for our Good Music
Record catalog and Yestermusic.com web site is always on the money. As former editor of
Sheet Music, and currently as one of our primary contributing editors, Hank was and is a
most reliable and knowledgeable source. What's even more fun about working with Hank is
his downright enthusiasm for every assignment he tackles.
- Ed Shanaphy, President, The Music Group/ Publisher, Sheet Music
Hank Bordowitz is a terrific
writer. He has a special knack for turning out lively, colorful copy that informs,
entertains and persuades. When a freelance job comes up, he is at the top of my list.
- Stuart Isacoff, Editorial Director, The Music Group
It's always a pleasure working with Hank.
His work is consistently excellent and you always deliver exactly what is needed. Thank
you on behalf of PRP and all of our clients.
- Patti Mitsui, PRP Public Relations
One of the most knowledgeable
music aficionados that I've had the privilege of working with. When you first meet Hank
you are waiting to see if he's really a music industry historian and visionary or if he's
going to garner a pair of WWF tights and put you in a headlock! Only because I respect him
so much and understand his sense of humor can I jest like that. Without Hank's
never-ending pool of musicology, MCY.com's web site would have been dry as the Sahara.
Unfortunately, a crooked CEO, General Counsel and "brother-in-law" who all give
Enron Execs a run for the money put an end to the public's ability to view some of Hank's
best MCY writings. Rock on Hank!
- Richard Stumpf, Director of Marketing & Licensing, Cherry
I've known Hank Bordowitz for
almost twenty years. He's got a good soul with a passion for music and writing.
- Mike Fagien, Publisher, Jazziz
Hank Bordowitz has been my editor
several times over the years, and I always come away from the experience as a better
journalist. He's caring, consistent, and passionate in that role, in addition to
being a fine scribe himself and a bottomless well of music knowledge and experience.
- Don Kaye, Rock Program Manager, Sirius Satellite Radio
Hank has a unique ability to get a
concept across to the marketplace. Insightful and responsive,we rely on him for our
internet marketing campaigns.
- Peter Primamore, President Kingsize Music, Inc.