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Aural Fixation: More Essays from a Musical Obsessive

Available at Amazon for $9.95.

This sequel to No One Needs 21 Versions of “Purple Haze” trots out another collection of music-themed essays, this time as originally featured in the PopMatters.com column “Aural Fixation.” Essays take on the Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Glee, terrestrial radio, Tom Cruise, and the state of the music industry, often voicing a contrary opinion to the all-too-common laments of the typical music critic. Whitaker asserts that rock and roll isn’t dead, that pop music matters, and that best-of lists are a good thing. 146 pages. Published 2015.


The Top 100 Albums of All Time

Available at Amazon for $13.95.

Ah, the music list. Music journalists love to create them and fans love to shred them. However, by aggregating hundreds of best-of lists, Dave’s Music Database has stripped away subjectivity in favor of cold, hard numbers. Commentaries about the albums consolidate the views of multiple experts instead of serving up single opinions. It all makes for one definitive, inarguable best-of-all-time list. Okay, maybe not – but here’s hoping you’ll find value in this list, even if that’s in dissecting, disagreeing, debating, or debunking it. Rock on and read on. 144 pages. Published 2014.


The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999

is available at Amazon.com, but DMDB fans can buy it here at the same price ($13.95), but with NO shipping & handling fees, a potential savings of $5.00 or more!

The Grammys. The Billboard charts. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine. National Public Radio. The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Q Magazine. Spin. New Musical Express. MTV. VH1. ASCAP. BBC. They’ve all put their stamp on “definitive” lists of the best songs of all time. They all got it wrong. Well, not completely wrong, but they all got it a little wrong. All those lists come from some bias or viewpoint that led to inclusions and exclusions that inevitably prompt head scratching. 138 pages. Published 2011.

However, Dave’s Music Database has eliminated the dilemma. Lists from over 100 sources have been compiled into the ultimate cream-of-the-crop list which will draw criticism from none and praise from all.

Check out thetop100songsoftherockera.com for more details.


The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999: The E-Book Edition

Also available in e-book format as a PDF which should be accessible through any e-book reader or without a reader at all! For less than half the price, you get all the content of the print edition and more! Check out links on every song page to videos, lyrics, and downloads. The annotated bibliography now includes more than 200 sources to which you can directly link via the e-book. 138 pages. $5.99.


No One Needs 21 Versions of “Purple Haze”…And Other Essays from a Musical Obesessive

Available at Amazon.com, but DMDB fans can buy it here at the same price ($9.95), but with NO shipping & handling fees, a potential savings of $5.00 or more! These books will also be signed.

In this collection of essays, Dave Whitaker delves into his theory of musical hierarchy, tracks the technological changes in music over his lifetime, taps into why list making is so fascinating (well, it is to him), and, yes, admits to owning 21 versions of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” Dave also fights music snobbery, advocating for “The Styx Defense” in which people should listen to whatever they want unashamedly.

He even confesses that he isn’t an audiophile, having never owned a fancy stereo system. Come along on a journey into the mind of a self-confessed music obsessive. Hopefully you’ll emerge unscathed.


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