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Book Review: ‘The Big Book of Hair Metal’ by Martin Popoff

240x4009780760345467The Big Book of Hair Metal
Author: Martin Popoff

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Yes, this review will be 100% biased because its subject matter is near and dear to my “80’s Guy” heart but no it was not written for me, dedicated to me nor did I have any involvement in the creation of it whatsoever. However that’s not to say that I couldn’t have been added as a creative consultant or at the very least quoted in it somewhere! The Big Book of Hair Metal The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade is candid, funny, informative and is really one of the first truly year by year breakdown of the 80’s hair band genre in written form. The detail is what’s most encouraging about Martin Popoff’s take on this era in music of which he boosts in the book’s introduction that hair metal makes him “happy’. Why shouldn’t it? If you had a pulse from 1980-1991 (prior to Nirvana changing the culture within the industry) than you more than likely had just as many happy moments along the way listening to bands like Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi and Dokken, as Martin did. Read more

Interview: Author Greg Prato on ‘Overlooked/Unappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention’

OverlookedAuthor Greg Prato on Overlooked/Unappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention

Interviewed by: Roger Scales

Your book Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention hits near and dear to my heart because it’s sole focus is to bring attention to albums maybe “lost” in the shuffle of music listener’s conscious whether it was just bad timing for its original release or poor sales there is something for everyone here to identify with. What made you want to write and research this book?

 It all started when I began making a list of albums that I found myself going long periods of time not listening to – not because of the quality of their work, but because since I no longer own any CD’s, tapes, or records (I transferred all my music over digitally). And when you have countless albums on a digital doohickey, it’s easy to overlook albums that demand your attention. Once the list began to grow and grow, a thought popped into my head – why not put together a book of this albums? Read more

EP Review: Troy Marks / Illumino

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under CD Reviews, Daily Music News

imagesTroy Marks
Illumino

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Every once in a while you stumble upon an album, band or solo artist simply by being in the right place at the right time. Shortly after interviewing Steve Blaze from Lillian Axe I got a request to listen to an EP (on Steve’s recommendation) coming from solo artist Troy Marks called Illumino. Read more

Concert Review: Sammy Hagar and Friends Invade Hampton Beach

August 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Reviews

Sammy Hagar & Friends
Featuring: Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson
July 30, 2014
Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Photos & Words by:  Jeff Palmucci

 

Sammy Hagar played last week at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in a show billed as “A Journey Through the History of Rock.” With the musicians joining him on stage, he we able to make good on that promise. Jason Bonham was on drums, son of Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer John Bonham. Micheal Anthony on bass, Sammy’s bandmate from both Van Halen and Chickenfoot. Vic Johnson, guitarist for Sammy’s backup band The Waboritas was on lead guitar. Read more

Concert Gallery: Sammy Hagar & Friends at Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH

August 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Latest Photo Galleries

Sammy Hagar & Friends
Featuring: Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson
July 30, 2014
Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Photos by:  Jeff Palmucci

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