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Book Review: Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith

October 2, 2014 by  
Filed under CD Reviews, Daily Music News

perryRocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith
Simon & Schuster
Joe Perry with David Ritz

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Back in 1997 Stephen Davis wrote Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith and I remember reading it and being mildly shocked, somewhat amused, largely enlightened, very informed and never bored. This was a big deal at the time because many rumors had persisted for years about who said what to whom and at what point did the relationship between Joe Perry and the rest of the band deteriorate to where Joe left the band in 1979 half way through recording Nut In The Ruts. Was it just a rift between Joe and Steven? Why did he through a glass of milk at Tom Hamilton’s wife in Cleveland Ohio? We got the answers and then some. 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

Book Review: “Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed” by Michael Sweet

honestlydetail-01Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed
Michael Sweet
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

When I first heard about this book I basically expected a pretty vanilla offering from a very well known singer/songwriter/guitarist who just so happens to be a very devout Christian while fronting a heavy metal band called Stryper. I have been a very big Stryper fan going back as far as 1985, seeing them play in a small club in Boston and have never missed a single tour since. That being said, I was hoping that Michael’s book Honestly was going to give some insight to a number of questions I have had during the 30-plus year career of my fandom of Michael in Stryper such as who came up with the yellow and black outfit design? Why did Tim leave during the recording of To Hell With The Devil? Whatever happened to his short lived replacement Matt Hurich? Why in more recent years was their obvious reluctance to play songs off In God We Trust? Why did Michael essentially break up Stryper in 1992? Who got the band back together in 1999? Trust me, I got my answers and a whole lot more. Honestly is a no-frills look into the mind and soul of a man who has made mistakes, had musical and personal regrets but at the same time has been a loving husband and father while maintaining his stature as one of the top rock vocalists of his generation. Read more

Bobbie Brown Talks ‘Dirty Rocker Boys’

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Interviews

81zW7nwfc0LAs the “Cherry Pie” girl, women wanted to be Bobbie Brown and men wanted to be with Bobbie Brown.

In her new book Dirty Rocker Boys  – the original video vixen lays it all out on the line. Brown speaks candidly about her colorful life and career, reflecting on everything from her marriage to Warrant frontman Jani Lane and his tragic passing to her tumultuous relationship with Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee. Brown has led a remarkable life and she shares both the highs and lows throughout her new memoir.

TWRY recently caught up with Brown to talk about the new book, her extraordinary  life and what she’s currently up to.

Interviewed by: Roger Scales

After reading your book Dirty Rocker Boys, it seems that it is as much an autobiographical sketch of your life story as it is a story of the LA Rock scene of the late 1980’s and early to mid 1990’s do you agree?

I do.  I totally do. Read more

Book Review: Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History

dlDef Leppard: The Definitive Visual History 
Ross Halfin (Photographer)

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

If you love this band, you will love this book!  There are very few rock bands that have managed to survive as many highs and lows as Def Leppard. This fully authorized visual history of the band starting in 1978 runs right through their present day (book was first published in 2011) activities. Photographer Ross Halfin was along for the entire ride.  At 3.5 pounds this book is packed with amazing color and black/white images capturing over 450 photos many unseen and previously unpublished.  You get text and commentary from not only Halfin but the band members themselves throughout each chapter.  Along with a forward by Joe Elliot each band member also has a brief one or two page synopsis on what each of them took away from it after seeing the finished copy of the book. Read more

Book Review: Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss / Peter Criss

November 6, 2012 by  
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Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss
Peter Criss
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

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Video: Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Teases New Book/CD

February 1, 2011 by  
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Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo recently posted this video – a tease to his upcoming memoir The Pinkerton Diaries as well as  Alone III featuring home recordings, demos, and other assorted goodies.  Both are set to be released in March of 2011 but there’s not a lot of details available on either at this point.

Zakk Wylde’s “Bringing Metal To The Children” Book Due Out on May 10

January 3, 2011 by  
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Zakk Wylde has announced a May 10, 2011 release dae for his metal handbook Bringing Metal To The Children.  The book shares Wylde’s experiences over his 25 years in the biz both with Ozzy and Black Label Society and “details his survival techniques for maintaining a life on the road, managing a band of raging vikings, and somehow making it on stage and blowing the crowd away night after night.”

Beginning with Wylde’s “true rocker test” (TRT), the reader answers and self-scores ten questions to determine if he is a true rocker and should continue reading, or if he’s just a complete tool who needs to hand the book to someone more metal. Wylde continues the journey with his epic stories about life on the road, using his Black Label Society (BLS) coaching techniques to instruct the reader on proper touring hygiene, pre-concert preparations, and post-show etiquette. The road stories include wild nights with many of heavy metal’s gods including; Rob Zombie, Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell, Alice In Chain’s Mike Inez, Skid Row’s Snake Sabo, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, professional wrestlers Chris Jericho, Bubba Dudley and Stone Cold Steve Austin, UFC Former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin and of course the Godfather of heavy metal, Ozzy Osbourne.

Bringing Metal To The Children also features Wylde’s roadmap for success in the music business, tour planning and exclusive tips for the aspiring “metal musician,” as well as the best methods for surviving a mosh pit and plans for how to set up a shooting range on the tour bus.

For all the latest info on Zakk and the book, visit his website.

Billy Idol Announces Plans To Pen His Own Memoir

October 8, 2010 by  
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AP is reporting that Billy Idol has announced he’s working on a memoire and writing it himself.  According to Simon & Schuster division Touchstone the book will is anticipated for a release date in late 2011 or early 2012.

Idol recently wrapped up his North American Summer tour but West Coast fans can still catch him live at a hanfdul of dates in December:

HOLIDAYS IN CALIFORNIA 2010
Wed 12/15 San Diego, CA: House Of Blues
Thur 12/16 Los Angeles, CA: To Be Announced
Sat 12/18 Ventura, CA: Ventura Theater
Mon 12/20 San Francisco, CA: Fillmore

HOLIDAYS IN CALIFORNIA 2010
Wed 12/15 San Diego, CA: House Of Blues
Thur 12/16 Los Angeles, CA: To Be Announced
Sat 12/18 Ventura, CA: Ventura Theater
Mon 12/20 San Francisco, CA: Fillmore

Do The Devil’s Work For Him: How To Make It In The Music Industry (And Stay In It)

devilswork“How do I get into the music industry?”  You may have asked this question to yourself at one time or another.  For Amy Sciarretto and Rick Florino, authors of the book Do The Devil’s Work For Him:  How To Make It In The Music Industry (And Stay In It), it’s a question they hear constantly.  They decided it was time to take things into their own hands.

Both successful in an industry that can sometimes be unkind; they’ve worked their way up to a place where they are now willing to share their combined knowledge with the masses.  The pair take their own real life experiences in the industry and give you the survival skills necessary to make it. Welcome to the Jungle baby….

Covering an array of topics from publicity to freelance writing this book really is the go-to read for anyone who ever felt that passion in their belly.  They take into consideration the constant changes in the industry and the current economic impact as well as the core values necessary for anyone to stand out above the crowd.

The best thing about this book is that it’s written by people who are out there in the trenches on a daily basis and who are not just giving you a bunch of manufactured boardroom bunk, they’re giving you advice based off of their own personal experiences in a fun and entertaining way coupled with advice from members of bands like Korn, System of a Down and Mastodon.

Co-authors Amy Sciarretto and Rick Florino took some time to talk to us about the book and how it all fell into place.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June  2009
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