Steven Ward’s bookshelf contributing editor, Steven Ward, chatted with me recently about a few of his favourite music books, including:

  • Kurt Loder’s Bat Chain Puller: Rock and Roll in the Age of Celebrity
  • Timothy White’s Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews
  • Chuck Eddy’s Stairway to Hell: The 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe
  • Stephen Davis’s Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga
  • Mick Wall’s When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

We also share thoughts on critics vs. journalists, Albert Goldman, Martin Popoff,  James Wolcott, and current music mags. As well, Steven enthuses about his favourite non-music read of the last few years, Gwendolyn Bounds’s Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, a Town and the Search for What Matters Most.

Listen to a stream of our conversation below:


Or download the mp3s here.

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