Former Editor-in-Chief of Guitar Aficionado Tom Beaujour along with co-author Christopher Scapelliti, have put together a spectacular book for guitar fans — Guitar Aficionado-The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare and Valuable Guitars in the World.
While the photographs are stunning, with such vivid detail the dings and dents on some guitars can be seen, the stories that come with the photographs are equally compelling. Lindsey Buckingham, Jimmie Vaughn, Rick Nielsen and Randy Bachman are just a few of the artists that share the history of their gorgeous instruments. Beaujour says that many of the featured guitars in the book are ”new, legendary guitars”, but there is also a final chapter in the book that features classics like Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstein and Jimmy Page’s Les Paul.
In this audio interview, we talk about the stories connected with the classic songs written on these guitars, what era produced the best guitars, and how collecting guitars in the pre-internet days lead some musicians on a treasure hunt at used car lots and under stranger’s beds.
In Case We Die by first time author/longtime musician/road manager Danny Bland is set in Seattle in the early 90′s. Protagonist Charlie Hyatt is a heroin addict who works the graveyard shift in a porn shop. But Bland is a sneaky devil and weaves a love story and tale of redemption into this seedy world, a world that you’ll be glad you got sucked into.
Bland has a lot of life experiences to draw on and the main character Charlie Hyatt, is based on himself , although he won’t divulge exactly which parts.
In this interview we talk about how the book came together, why he wrote a fiction book instead of a memoir and getting some famous friends together to create an incredible audiobook version of In Case We Die.
Andrew W.K.’s new book The Party Bible Book has just been announced and here’s the details from the press release:
“Andrew W.K. announced today that his first book about partying, The Party Bible, will be published by Simon & Schuster. The announcement, first broken on The A.V. Club, is accompanied by a video of the “Party Hard” rock icon’s physical and mental preparation for this literary task.
“The Party Bible will take readers on an unforgettable voyage in search of truth, wisdom and party bliss,” said Michael Szczerban, the editor who acquired the book. “In it, every feeling will be permitted, every thought will become prophecy and humanity’s surging life force will be harnessed and ridden into the abyss.”
Picking up where the Book of Revelation ends, The Party Bible will provide insight into mankind’s purpose on earth and the inspiration to celebrate all of existence. Readers will come to fathom the complete spectrum of feeling in every moment, embrace the taboo and the transcendent, and experience ecstatic pleasure in an explosion of nonstop party power. The Party Bible will be the partying manifesto for generations to come.
“This book is the culmination of my entire career as a professional partier. In fact, this book is the culmination of my entire life,“ W.K. said. “Everything that has ever and never happened has led to me being in the perfect position to receive the contents of The Party Bible and write it down, once and for all. This is a powerful and dangerous feeling, but it is definitely meant to happen. I’m grateful to all my party friends for requesting this book. This is our book.”
This is indeed an open collaboration between W.K. and the worldwide partying public. To join in, send a message about the life questions you want answered to @AndrewWK on Twitter, using the hashtag #ThePartyBible.”
In 1975, Joan Larkin took a bus to Huntington Beach to meet with Sandy West. Two kids jamming in a suburban Southern California rec room, didn’t seem unusual, but what was about to happen would become a transformational moment in music history. It was the beginning of The Runaways. And in four short years, it would all be over.
Evelyn McDonnell tells the complete story of The Runaways for the first time in her new book Queens of Noise: The Real Story of The Runaways. Four years in the making, the book was at times difficult to put together as the story of the band continues to be one of urban legends and myths that beg to be dispelled. But, the lingering history and musical contributions of the band are undeniable. As Joan Jett said, “There’s historians who come and say , ‘Well, this band did exist before you.’ And I’d say you’re right, but they didn’t do what we did. I’m talking about playing sweaty, crotch-grabbing rock ‘n; roll the way the boys do.”
In this interview we talk about the always controversial Kim Fowley, whether the band were feminists and if a reunion of the band is necessary or could even satisfy fans at this point.
Louder Than Hell Book: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal Interview With Jon Weiderhorn And Katherine Turman
It’s not going out on a limb to say that Jon Weiderhorn (Senior writer for Revolver) will most likely have co-written two of Rock Book Show’s favorite books of the year. The first, was Al Jourgensen’s memoir Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen and now, the incredible Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal. Katherine Turman (producer for Alice Cooper’s radio show- Nights With Alice Cooper) is the perfect partner in crime to complete this over 700 page monster.
The book is a chronological history looking at the most early roots of Metal to recent innovators Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God, with as many genres of metal that could be squeezed into the pages as possible. Some bands and genres didn’t make the cut, but there is still plenty to read and discuss. In true well-written oral history form, even if you’re not a fan of the genre of music, you can still easily be sucked into the stories.
In this interview we cover Weiderhorn and Turman’s collaborative process that started back at RIP magazine, how Metal and theatrics feed on each other, the most pungent band in Metal and what bands they just can’t agree on.
Rob Sheffield‘s new memoir Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke could be called the sequel to Love Is A Mix Tape. After becoming a widower at 30, Sheffield moves to New York and struggles to find his way back into the living. Karaoke allows him a way to express himself and work through his grief even though, as he admits, he has a terrible voice.
Each chapter of the book uses a song that Sheffield loves to tell his story and explain his experiences. Sheffield has a way of making deeply personal moments in his life incredibly relatable, and it’s one of the reasons his books are so successful.
In this interview we talk about Rob’s first time singing karaoke, what it takes to empty a karaoke room, why there’s no crying in karoake, great songs that aren’t great karaoke songs, how senior citizens will make you up your karaoke game, and why Rod Stewart is a Zen Sage.
As a bonus, here’s a playlist of some of the songs we talked about in the interview.
Megadeth, Slayer, Motorhead, Glenn Hughes, Slipknot and more have all found their way into the capable writing hands of Joel McIver in one way or another. McIver has over twenty-two books to his credit as co-author or biographer, with a bunch more in the hopper.
Getting a look behind the curtain of the process of writing rock books is an interesting experience, and luckily Joel shares some of his insight with us here.His upcoming book My Life With Deth with Dave Ellefson will be out in October and is one of the many projects we discuss in this interview. Plus, there’s some news on his Rage Against The Machine book that is still in the works.
McIver also lets more secrets spill like what it was like to work with Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfy) on his upcoming book, what artists he thinks should write a book, and who he wasn’t able to convince to write their book just yet.
Forty years have passed since 1973, but it remains one of the most fascinating years in rock history. The list of bands on tour that year is astonishing, CBGB’s and The Roxy opened, and rock and roll excess became the norm.
Author Michael Walker dissects the seminal rock and roll year of 1973. Using the record-breaking tours of The Who, Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin as a jumping-off point, Walker talks us backstage, in the limo, and everywhere in between. This book gives incredible insight into how some of the most famous bands rolled back in the day.
In this interview we talk about why the 60′s didn’t have the infrastructure to handle the giant tours of the 70′s, how the backstage pass was born, and what unexpected turns the biggest bands in music took after the year ended.
Buy What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born. Follow Michael on Twitter. See Michael’s author page on Random House.
Detroit Rock City The Uncensored History Of Rock N Roll in America’s Loudest City (Da Capo Press) finally gives Detroit the history book it deserves. Highlighting the different eras of Detroit music; 1965-1972, 1973-1981 abd 1981-2000, Detroit’s story is told through an oral history by the people who lived it, and it’s the best way to showcase this dynamic look back. It’s a treat to learn about some of the unique friendships between Detroit musicians and revisit some of the great bands like The Gories, The Laughing Hyenas and The Frost.
Miller argues that Detroit is the most influential music city on earth and many will debate that. But, you can’t ever dismiss Detroit’s distinct energy and “F-you” attitude in staying true to its own unique sound.
In this interview Miller states his case for Detroit, talks about the infuential music magazine Creem, and what era of Detroit music could easily have its own book.
Here are the new releases for the week of July 15th:
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven: (Or How I Made Peace With The Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process) by Corey Taylor. Click here for information on Corey’s book signings and readings.
Guitar World presents Rock In Peace: A Tribute To Fallen Guitar Heroes from the editors of Guitar World. Insightful profiles of the artists. Plus, rare photos and some surprising tombstones.
Dark Side of the Moon at 40 by Brian Southall looks inside the making of the album and includes commentary from famous musicians on what the album means to them.
The Beach Boys In Concert!: The Complete History of America’s Band On Tour and Onstage by Ian Rusten and Jon Stebbins. Each chapter looks at one year in the Beach Boys storied career, starting in 1961 through the reunion of 2012.