the who

The Who The What The WhenThis is an unusual book. Is it an art book? A history book? A book of great stories? Yes!

In "The Who, The What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History," collaborators Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothe, present the stories of 65 little-known sidekicks of famous people throughout history, written by dozens of writers, and each one illustrated in a unique way.

Here we find the stories of Muhammad Ali's Coach, Marilyn Monroe's photographer, and the Wright Brothers' mentor, plus many more. 

Julia Rothman Our guest on Writers' Voices this week, Julia Rothman, also founded the popular blog, book-by-its-cover.com. She and her coauthors previously published "The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science" and "The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game."

Join us on Writers' Voices this week as we learn the story behind these fabulous books.

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the 4th best year of music

for the past several weeks i've been counting down the best years of music of all time. beginning with the 10th best year of music, i've made the case for mahavishnu1968, 1992, 2010, 1983, 1965, 1972, and last week the 5th best year of music of all time: 1972.

this week's year in review features the debut album of john mclaughlin (left) and his jazz-rock fusion band, mahavishnu orchestra ("inner mounting flame"), led zeppelin's best album ("iv"), the who's brilliant "who's next," as well timeless albums by frank zappa ("the grand wazoo"--my alltime favorite album title), joni mitchell ("blue"), john lennon ("imagine"), and...well, the list just goes on and on. tune in thursday night to find out what the 4th best year of all time is. (no spoiler)

warning: i'll play parts of over 60 songs!

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1968 part 3

mary hopkinThe remarkable musical year 1968 saw the first release from Todd Rundgren's group Nazz, and Welsh singer Mary Hopkin [left], who followed the success of the first record released on the Beatles' Apple Records--"Those Were the Days"--with versions in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Hungarian, and German (that's the version I play on this show).

It was also the year a number of artists released stunning second albums: Cream, Janis Joplin, and Sly & the Family Stone. And even though albums fully came into their own, singles were still going strong, with the likes of The Doors, Johnny Taylor, and Johnny Cash.

Also on this week's show is a remarkable outtake from The Beatles' White Album, written by John Lennon in India, called "Child of Nature." It'll sound familiar because the lyrics were re-written a few years later and released as an altogether different song, but this one has an innocence that wasn't there in the later version.

Here's what you'll hear.