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Author Archives: Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.

Book Review: ‘Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality’ by Jacob Tomsky

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Honest and eye-opening and definitely worth picking up. Read More »

Concert Review: Michael Nesmith at The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, November 2, 2013

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Michael Nesmith provided a great night of superior music, camaraderie, and good feeling at The Variety Playhouse. Read More »

Book Review: ‘My American Revolution: A Modern Expedition Through History’s Forgotten Battlegrounds’ by Robert Sullivan

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Take a rambling look at the American Revolution in New York, New Jersey, and a bit of Pennsylvania. Read More »

Music Review: Van Morrison – ‘Moondance’ Deluxe Edition (4 CDs/1 Blu-ray Audio) [Box set]

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This set includes an excellently remastered version of the original CD and a Blu-ray audio disc, plus multiple alternate takes of 13 Morrison songs. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Don’t Give up, You Can Make It If You Try, You Can Win’ by Joe Simon

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A stylistically flawed but moderately interesting autobiography of his life as an R 'n' B star and calling to the ministry. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Last Laugh’ by Arjuna Ardagh

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While the plot is not entirely convincing, this novel with a strong spiritual message is entertaining and thought-provoking. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal’ by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman

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The metal scene is violent and brutal, but for fans of the genre this is the only book they will ever need to read to understand the scene. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince’ by Nancy Atherton

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Relax and enjoy a mad adventure through great old houses among eccentric and wonderfully written characters. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘My Father and The Man in Black: Growing Up With Johnny Cash’

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Jonathan tells the story of his father and Johnny Cash in an honest and compelling documentary. Read More »

Music Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band – ‘Made Up Mind’

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The album shines on every track, delivering Southern blues rock and soul in stellar manner. Read More »