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Kooper, Dr. John books engross reluctant reader

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I resisted and resisted, but gave in recently. For years I mostly refused to read books by musicians, and only reluctantly read books about them. I made exceptions: I had to — Nick Tosches’ biography of Jerry Lee Lewis, “Hellfire”; the Peter Guralnick Elvis bio; Charles White on Little Richard; Timothy White on Bob Marley; and Dennis McNally’s magnificent Grateful Dead bio, “A Long Strange Trip.” And Robert Christgau’s record reviews are indispensable. Apart from ...

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