Book review: OFF THE CHARTS by KAT GOLDMAN

 

Off The Charts

Sutherland House [Publication date 09.02.21]

Canadian singer songwriter Kat Goldman has made four critically acclaimed albums and her songs have been covered by Grammy-nominated band, The Duhks, Dar Williams, among many others. I will be honest I had not heard of her or her music until reading this book, however, I’d heartily recommend giving her albums a listen, especially ‘Great Disappearing Act’ and ‘Working Man’s Blues’.

Now Kat Goldman publishes her first book, part memoir, part self-help guide for would be songwriters and it is great fun, whether you be a musician or music lover. In bite sized chapters (she originally wrote some of this book for a music blog), Kat covers what it’s like to meet your first fan, date a rock star, how to treat a headlining act, the dos and don’ts of promotion, and how to rebuild your career after getting hit by a car in a bagel shop. That later event had a profound effect on her life, although she doesn’t delve too far into her feelings about this. It must have been tough though as she had a broken leg and had to teach herself to walk again.

Quick mention to the original illustrations by Nina Berkson which add to the book’s overall appeal.

One thing you come away with from the book is how much music and songwriting means to Kat, something all us music lovers can admire and be grateful for, as without the performers and songwriters there would be no music and that would be a very sad world to live in.

An easy, quick read that is funny, entertaining and an honest glimpse into the world of the music business. I am pretty sure Kat Goldman has at least another book in her about her music, maybe one about life on the road?

Review by Jason Ritchie


The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk Sunday 21 February, 16:00 EST, 21:00 GMT

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David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 7 February 2021 and includes the Top 10 albums at www.getreadytorock.com for that week.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 26 January 2021.


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Featured Albums w/c 22 February 2021 (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 RADAR Lost In The Atlantic (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 DURBIN The Beast Awakens (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN – The Darkest Days Are The Brightest (InsideOut Music)

Power Plays w/c 22 February 2021 (Mon-Fri)

ALESTI Voices
DEAD REYNOLDS Bright Lights

ALLY VENABLE Road To Nowhere
JASON SWEENEY She’s A Fighter



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