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Louder Than Hell Book: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal Interview With Jon Weiderhorn And Katherine Turman

Posted by on Aug.22, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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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.

Buy Louder Than Hell. Follow Jon on Twitter. Follow Katherine on Twitter. The official Tumblr is here. Like the Facebook page.

Rob Sheffield-Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals Of Love & Karaoke Book Interview And Playlist

Posted by on Aug.14, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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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.

Buy Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke. Follow Rob on Twitter. Find Rob on Facebook.

As a bonus, here’s a playlist of some of the songs we talked about in the interview.

Megadeth Co-Author Joel McIver: Writer Of A Million Books, And He’s Rocked Them All

Posted by on Aug.07, 2013, under Current Shows, Upcoming Releases No Comments

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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.

Check out the complete Joel McIver canon and more on his website.  Follow Joel on Twitter. Friend him on Facebook.

What You Want Is In The Limo In 1973 With Led Zeppelin, The Who, And Alice Cooper: Interview

Posted by on Jul.31, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments


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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 Book Interview With Steve Miller

Posted by on Jul.17, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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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.

Buy Detroit Rock City.  Visit Steve Miller’s website. For book signings and more information, find Detroit Rock City on Facebook. Follow the book on Twitter. Miller on Twitter.

Al Jourgensen Book Interview: Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen

Posted by on Jul.09, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments


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No normal human could survive Al Jourgensen’s life. Jourgensen himself died three times living it.  Fair warning for those who write rock memoirs, Jourgensen may never be topped in his tales of debauchery, yet somehow he still has a charm about him. How does he do it?

Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen takes the reader on a tour of Al’s intense life and lifestyle, from his immigration to the U.S. from Cuba as a child, through Ministry’s extreme morphing from synth-pop combo to industrial noise machine, culminating in Al’s plans for the future…with tons of interesting, often shocking, observations and revelations from Jourgensen, including things like his homemade prescription to fight V.D. from groupies (here’s a hint: external application to genitals of hot pizza may be involved).

Of course, the book will be interesting to Ministry fans, but Jourgensen is such an intriguing character that non-fans will find the book equally enjoyable, entertaining and insightful.  And did we mention shocking?

Maybe Jourgensen is like the John McEnroe of Industrial Metal. You may not like his shenanigans and outrageous behavior, but you have to respect his talent and ability to stay true to himself, which in a way, makes him accidentally inspirational for anyone else trying to do the same. Ultimately, like his wife Angie says,’He’s just a nice Midwestern guy.”

Here are some highlights of our interview:

“It’s no redemption story, it’s no cautionary tale, it’s none of the above.” (at the 1:54 mark)

Why he considers William Burroughs, Timothy Leary and Billy Gibbons “cool cats”. (4:00)

“The creation process is my thing. I love the studio. I hate live.” (6:00)

Find out Al’s favorite album of all-time (10:00)

“I made $75 one day busking, playing pedal steel and harmonica” (10:45)

“I’ve been working on a fiction book for 28 years” (10:53)

“I don’t have a crystal ball to see what’s in my future, but I do know this…Ministry is done” (13:06)

And listen for Al’s lecture tour and Ministry tour news at the very end of the interview.

Buy Ministry: The Lost Gospels of Al Jourgensen. Follow Al on twitter. Find Al on Facebook here and his family dogs too.

Rush Illustrated History Interview With Martin Popoff

Posted by on Jun.27, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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Martin Popoff is the author of over forty rock books. He previously wrote the Rush biography Contents Under Pressure, and was a huge part of the Rush movie, Beyond The Lighted Stage.  You can also see him on VH1’s Metal Evolution.  While some might suffer Rush-fatigue after that, Popoff said it was the format of the illustrated history books that got him interested in doing this project ,and he didn’t have to look much further than his own extensive collection of Rush memorabilia for a jumping off point when putting this book together.  According to Popoff, his most prized possessions are his signed albums, and they’re featured in the introduction to the book.  “Rush fans are demanding,” said Popoff, and thoughtful care was taken to include a great deal of all-new material in the book, including new album reviews that will give fans much to debate.

In this interview, we talk about the process of putting the book together, how the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction changed the ending of the book, and why Rush continues to be at the top of their game. Plus, Popoff talks about his upcoming Metallica, Art of Metal, and Iron Maiden books that will be out later this year, tips on getting an autograph from a rock star, and how he stays organized while writing rock books.

Rock Book Show News!

Posted by on Jun.12, 2013, under Current Shows, News No Comments

It’s our first episode with new releases, book news and Father’s Day ideas.

Outlaws Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson

Posted by on Jun.11, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

Outlaw Waylon, Willie, Kris and The Renegades of Nashville

Outlaws Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings  and Kris Kristofferson wore their title well and author Michael Streissguth, who also wrote Johnny Cash: The Biography, has captured their magic moments in musical history in his new book Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and The Renegades of Nashville.

With a colorful supporting cast (including Rodney Crowell and David Allen Coe) that possibly rivals the stars of the show, Streissguth artfully weaves together all the tales that tell the story of the Outlaw Country scene in the 70’s.

In this interview we talk about what made Nashville ready for The Outlaws, the origin of the term Outlaw and if Nashville’s current Outlaws are worthy of the title.

Buy Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville.

Bruce Springsteen Songs Star In New Book

Posted by on Jun.05, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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Marc Dolan was a guest on the show last year and is back to talk about the new paperback version of Bruce Springsteen and The Promise Of Rock ‘N’ Roll which includes a new chapter.

The New York Times recently called Dolan’s book a “superbly detailed portrait”, and it stands out from others by looking at Springsteen through his songs and music.  

In this interview, we talk about the new chapter which includes the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the 12-12-12 concert, what future Bruce tours might look like and we take a look at the Norwegian version of the book…just because. 

Buy Bruce Springsteen and The Promise Of Rock ‘N’ Roll. Follow Marc on Twitter.