Mysteries in the Music

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Non-Fiction - Music/Entertainment
276 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2022
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Reviewed by Heather Hirschman for Readers' Favorite

Who actually discovered Elvis? Did the Beach Boys steal a song? Could a copper wire in a shoe be laced with cancer and kill a reggae legend? What was the outcome of the FBI's investigations into complaints about obscene lyrics on a record? How thorough was the investigation and how many millions were spent? Who was the true father of Mississippi Blues? Were there secret Supergroup collaborations in the late 60s? Is there an invisible song on the biggest album of the 90s? How did five of the greatest vocal and guitar geniuses get together to make an unforgettable album whilst finding hilarious ways to fool the world about their identities?

Jim Berkenstadt's thoroughly researched book, Mysteries in the Music, explores rumors and conspiracy theories around some of music’s greatest unanswered questions. In it, he investigates every conceivable avenue open to him, documents historical interviews, and conducts his own with those still alive to answer questions. As an experienced attorney, he makes no assumptions; instead, he sets out to trace and prove facts. The reader is left with no doubt of the veracity of the conclusions he reaches. Jim Berkenstadt literally ‘Closes Cases.’ He also does it all in a captivating and very often humorous manner. He is clearly passionate about music and this shines through his writing. He has been around for a while so is lucky enough to have met many of the people mentioned between these pages. I loved Mysteries in the Music and would recommend it to anyone interested in modern music.