Bill Medley‘s new book, The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother’s Memoir, gives a revealing look at his remarkable career, Spanning four decades, from the early days working with Bobby Hatfield and forming The Righteous Brothers, to living the dream in Vegas, to the later years working in Branson and beyond, Medley recounts the stories with the ease of the master showman he is. Nothing feels false, nor overanalyzed, including his relationship with Hatfield.
There are also revealing stories from his personal life. His first wife was brutally murdered and it remains unsolved to this day. That tragedy caused Medley to retire at one point to raise his son. He also recounts his relationship with Darlene Love and affectionately remembers those that influenced him.
In this interview, we talk about the early days, Vegas, and why Medley says he didn’t commit to being a Righteous Brother until 1990, and their induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We also discuss working with Phil Spector, Elvis, and why he still loves singing his biggest hits. Medley also reveals an unrealized project he had in mind for Hall & Oates and his love for Live From Daryl’s House. (C’mon Daryl Hall, lets make this happen!)
Philip Bailey, lead singer of Earth, Wind and Fire and the guy who made Phil Collins cool for four minutes in the video for Easy Lover, releases his memoir today, Shining Star: Braving The Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire. Shining Star is the true story of what happens when real life exceeds your dreams and the power and pain of building a legacy brings both joy and faith-testing challenges.
Bill Medley, one half of the former Righteous Brothers (with the late Bobby Hatfield) shares memories of his over fifty year career in a touching, warm and unassuming way. Medley is a breezy story teller who never seems like he’s bragging when recalling some of his career highlights and conquests. The guy’s a pro, who was friends with Elvis, had hits in four different decades, and still performs dates worldwide. Buy the book here.
Paul Stanley, founding member of Kiss and (finally) a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, releases his memoir Face The Music: A Life Exposed today. It’s dishy enough for looky-loos. yet fans will enjoy Stanley’s honesty and surprising thoughts on some long held beliefs. Although, don’t look for this to be the book that settles all-things-KISS. As Stanley told The New York Daily News, ”I wrote the book about me, my life and my observations. I didn’t write the book to have the last word on KISS.” Read an excerpt here.
Scott Ian of Anthrax has finally put together his memoirs. Set for September release from Da Capo Press, I’m The Man: The Official Story of Anthrax will look at Ian’s dysfunctional home life and his escape through the turbulent world of heavy metal. It also chronicles the complete history of Anthrax. Ian got an assist from co-author Jon Weiderhorn who always does a great job of helping musicians find their literary voice.
The fine folks from Bazillion Points Books have us all pumped up to read HEAVY METAL MOVIES: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear and Eye-Ripping Big-Scream Films Ever!, by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden. Lavishly illustrated, gruesomely executed, and featuring well over 1000 of the most intense and headbanging movies ever produced, HEAVY METAL MOVIES is the ultimate guidebook to the complete molten musical cinema experience.
While we were on hiatus, here are a few books you may have missed—- but shouldn’t.
Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years is the book Slayer fans have waited for or as David Konow, author of “Reel Terror” and the metal history “Bang Your Head”, puts it: This is “the biography the band has always deserved… A book documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly without spin or sensationalism has been long overdue, and hats off to D.X. Ferris for getting it all down in this remarkable volume, which no SLAYER fan should be without.” We’re also thrilled to announce that Ferris will be a guest on the show soon!
Way ahead of his time, Aphex Twin created electronic music suitable for ravers, nerdy music intellectuals, and casual listeners alike. Join author Marc Weidenbaum as he “takes an academic, thematic and philosophical approach to ambient music in context of the album and places the album in context of rave/massive and early Internet culture at time of album’s release.”
Friend of the show Martin Popoff has a new and improved version of his previous work Smokin’ Values: A Headbanger’s Guide to 900 NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) Records. It’s classic Popoff with reviews, tons of pictures and a look at virtually every record in the genre between 1979 and 1983.
What if you looked through the most famous sunglasses in the world? Shades of Elvis answers that question in book form with over 75 celebrities trying Elvis’ sunglasses on with fun and often compelling results. (Note: Sideburns not included)
So many new books to talk about:
Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain from Charles R. Cross. Cross also wrote the Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven. Cobains’ influence is still felt 20 years later and each chapter examines his legacy in a unique way.
Officially out March 27th, but you can probably find a copy early, is Gang of Four’s Entertainment from Kevin Dettmar. 33 1/3′s ongoing series continues to impress.
Holly George-Warren has written the first biography of Alex Chilton titled A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man. Hard to believe this is the first biography of Chilton!
Pixies fans rejoice! Black Francis and Josh Frank have a written a book! Out April 15th, The Good Inn is, to quote a piece of the Introduction, “an illustrated novel, based on a soundtrack in the making, for a feature-length film yet to be made about the first narrative pornographic movie ever created.” The drawings of Steven Appleby accompany the narrative.
Three new books to put on your radar bring back memories of the ’90′s.
Out March 24th from Keith Cameron, Mudhoney: The Sound And The Fury From Seattle. Formed in 1988, Mudhoney is still going strong and this is their story. Could they be the most influential Seattle grunge band?
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.”