Andrew W.K. Announces New Book: The Party Bible Book!

 

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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.”

 

Queens Of Noise: The Real Story Of The Runaways Book Interview With Evelyn McDonnell

 

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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.

Buy Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways. Read Evelyn’s blog. Read an excerpt from the book.

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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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.

New Rock Book Releases: Corey Taylor, Guitar Heroes, Pink Floyd And More

Here are the new releases for the week of July 15th:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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

 

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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.

New Book Releases: Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, The Runaways, AC/DC And More

 

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Officially out tomorrow, Al Jourgensen’s Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen is an epic rock memoir that co-author Jon Wiederhorn (Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal) doesn’t oversell when he says” it will make Motley Crue’s The Dirt Look Like Goodnight Moon”. (Okay, it’s a little oversold, but not much). This one is a must.

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The narrative biography, Queens of Noise: The Runaways will be the first time the band’s story has been told in its entirety. Most of the surviving members participated in interviews for the book and Kim Fowley will add his two-cents, too.

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A new book on AC/DC will be out in November. According to the book’s description The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is unlike any AC/DC book you’ve read before. Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it tells the story of the trio through 11 classic songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making.”  Read more about the book on author Jesse Fink’s website.