Flying under my radar was a fantastic documentary, Rock ‘n’ Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen playing on Showtime. Gruen, as Alice Cooper explains, “was part of the entire rock scene…as much as any band.” Certainly that shows; his body of work is basically a history of rock ‘n’ roll. He photographed (and hung out with) Zeppelin, the Stones, Ike and Tina, Aerosmith among many others, as well as becoming the photographer-in-residence for John and Yoko.
We recently asked James Cook, author of Memory Songs, and the former bass guitarist in The Flamingoes, if he had any favorite music biographies, memoirs, or music books, and anything he'd like to recommend. Here’s what James had to say.
THAT NIGHT AT MASSEY HALL...
I would guess that knowing who Seymour Stein is depends entirely on what music you listened to in the mid/late Seventies and on through the Eighties. But if it was geared towards punk (and later ‘new wave”) from New York and the UK, you definitely know Seymour Stein and his legacy via his record label, Sire Records. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, the music will: The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Madonna, for starters.
It seems 2018 was an especially hard year on musicians, beginning the the tragic death of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riorden on January 15th, to losing jazz legend Nancy Wilson just two weeks ago. Here'w the roll call for 2018...
Here is our list of books we think should make your Holiday list, either for you or for a loved one's wish list. Naughty or nice, we hope this has it all covered. Where possible we've included a quote from one of our readers reviews, which links to the review in its entirety.
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We recently asked Bruce Duff, musician, producer, manager, rock journalist, indie label executive AND the author of The Smell of Death, if he had any favorite music biographies, memoirs, or music books, or if he had read anything recently that he’d like to recommend. Here’s what Bruce had to say.
We recently spoke to Adrian Harte, author of Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More. Harte is also the founder and editor of the Faith No More 2.0 website — www.newfaithnomore.com. Here's what Adrian had to say. about his new book, the band and, perhaps, some guesses as to the future of FNM.
We recently spoke to Damon Wood, author of Working for the Man, Playing In The Band: My Years with James Brown. Wood played guitar in Brown's backing band, The Soul Generals for eight years, before leaving to form his own band Harmonious Junk. We talked about "Mr.