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Lonn Friend

August 29, 2006 by  
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lonnmainDuring the late 80s and early 90s there were few ways that metalheads and rock fiends were able to get intimate with their favorite bands.  A time before the internet, a time before satellite radio; there were no ipods, no podcasts, in fact, compact discs were the NEW form of media.  During that time, the name Lonn Friend stood for rock and roll.  He was a beacon for all that was metal.  As the executive editor of the rock magazine RIP, Lonn’s face and easy going demeanor were inviting and relatable.  With his personality and raw, unprocessed passion for the music, he worked his way into the inner most sanctums of rock n’ roll – VIP access on world tours, tour bus invitations, exclusive interviews with bands who trusted no one else, he had it all.  Some of the bands that he befriended during this time have gone on to become legends in the industry. (Guns N Roses, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue).  After RIP he worked at ARISTA Records and soon learned the corporate, reckless and emotionally bankrupt ways of the music industry.

Over a decade later, Lonn has released a book chronicling some of his most personal experiences with the bands that we as fan only see from the other side of the glass.  “Life on Planet Rock” will transport you back to a time where rock n’ roll and metal were known for its excesses…drugs, sex, attitude.  There are very few people who could write a book like this with such honesty and relay such true emotion.  Each chapter brings you on a new road trip, teaching you a little more about the bands you loved to love or loved to hate, either way, they made you feel something.

Thanks to Lonn for writing this homage to a era in music that will live on in my heart forever.

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