Mysteries in the Music

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Non-Fiction - Music/Entertainment
275 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2022
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Author Biography

Jim Berkenstadt is the Rock And Roll Detective®. A true musical Sherlock Holmes, Berkenstadt uncovers the lost history and mysteries hidden within decades of popular music. He currently serves as Co-Executive Producer and Script Consultant on the Ecosse Studios feature film based upon his Best-Selling book, The Beatle Who Vanished. An international authority on Rock and Roll, he served as historical consultant to Martin Scorsese’s HBO Emmy winning film, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and as historical consultant to The Beatles’ Company Apple Corps, and the Estate of George Harrison.

In addition to The Beatle Who Vanished, Berkenstadt has authored Black Market Beatles and Classic Rock Albums: Nirvana - Nevermind. All three books have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. He also appears as an expert on the Reelz Channel TV series’ Celebrity Legacies and Celebrity Damage Control.

    Book Review

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.

Jack Lumber

Loved this book. Detailed, well-written and fascinating. The author uses his legal and detective skills to once and for all solve many of rock and roll’s biggest mysteries! Best music book of 2022. Highly recommended!

Bob Franklin

I learned so much about these Mysteries in rock and roll and the blues. I thought I knew these stories, but the author truly lives up to his name as the Rock And Roll Detective! He digs into top secret documents and interviews the living witnesses to once and for all clear up a lot of myths and misconceptions in music history. His writing style is clear and entertaining. I hope he writes a follow up.