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Andrew W.K. I Get Wet — Phillip Crandall Book Interview

Posted by on May.28, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments


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Andrew W.K.’s album I Get Wet gets the 33 1/3 series treatment thanks to Phillip Crandall. I Get Wet was originally dismissed by the influential music blog Pitchfork with a 0.6 rating but later was named to Pitchfork’s Top 200 Albums of the 2000’s with an 8.6 rating. As many have discovered, the genius of Andrew W.K sometimes takes a minute to capture you, but it will get you sooner or later.

Crandall lays the groundwork of the Andrew W.K. story with great insight into his early years. This part of the W.K. journey illuminates the development of his stage persona and how he went on to create this album. Then Crandall unfolds the story of the album in a way that allows the reader to absorb the details and analyze them on their own.  He’s just a guide who gets out of the way and it’s much appreciated.   

In this interview, we talk about Andrew vs. Andy Kaufman vs. Andy Warhol, the endlessly fascinating mystery of Steev Mike, why that guy from the Rembrandts got an album credit and Bronies. 

Buy the book. Follow Phillip on Twitter. Follow Andrew W.K. on twitter

Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years Book Interview With D.X. Ferris

Posted by on May.21, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments


D.X. Ferris has written the book on Slayer before with Reign In Blood for the 33 1/3 book series. This time, he had a few ideas in mind for a new Slayer book, but a series of unforeseen circumstances, including Jeff Hanneman’s untimely death, spun his book idea in a new direction and Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years rose from the ashes. It’s a well done bio that although lengthy, general music fans can also enjoy, because Ferris dissects Slayer’s  dynamics and personalities, allowing the reader to completely understand the band, it’s quirks, and history.

There’s a lot to talk about in this interview including Rick Rubin’s legacy now that Slayer has split with him for good, predictions for the upcoming Riot Fest performances of Reign In Blood, why the band could never “Metallica-It-Out” and defense of the argument that it’s Slayer’s world and we’re all just living in it.

Buy the book. Here’s the book website. Find Ferris on Twitter.  The book 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.

Round And Round With Stephen Pearcy: Sex, Drugs, Ratt And Roll

Posted by on May.15, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments


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What will you find in the new Stephen Pearcy book?

Pearcy, who, in his words, once held a “platinum card for debauchery”, tells some interesting tales, including his early life in San Diego (his high school was the inspiration for Fast Times at Ridgemont High) where he suffered a horrifying accident that should have left him unable to walk again, and the 80’s Sunset Strip scene with pals Motley Crue and Van Halen. Plus, he reveals why Bret Michaels of Poison should give him a call—Pronto!

In this interview, we talk about these stories in his memoir and what is the status of new music from Ratt.

Buy Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life in Rock.  Follow Pearcy on Twitter.  For all things Pearcy, including information on his new Mic Knuckles, go to his website.  Find Stephen on Facebook and get book tour dates.

Nikki Sixx’s Heroin Diaries Book To Broadway And More Book News

Posted by on Nov.19, 2012, under News No Comments

-In the “Is This An Onion Headline?” category- Nikki Sixx announced that his Heroin Diaries book will be adapted for Broadway.

- Peter Wrench submitted a proposal for a Van Morrison book to 33 1/3 books that was rejected, but he went ahead and wrote it anyway. Very cool of 33 1/3 to let us know. Check it out here.

-Congratulations to Kristin Hersh who announced this week via twitter that there will be new printings of Rat Girl and Paradoxical Undressing. See Kristin talk to us about the books.

-Out December 4th, Alan Light will dissect Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in a new book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”

-One hundred cultural icons including musicians Patti Smith, Thurston Moore and Roseanne Cash contributed to the new book My Ideal Bookshelf .

Richard Hell will be publishing his memoir I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp next March and it’s now available for pre-order. Also,  33 1/3 books will be publishing  a look at Richard Hell and The Voidoid’s Blank Generation from Peter Astor.  Here’s an interview with Astor.

Dee Snider Does Broadway And A New Book

Posted by on May.09, 2012, under News No Comments











Yesterday, Dee Snider unleashed his hilarious self-penned memoir Shut Up and Give Me The Mic on the masses. Dee had some doubt along the way about his writing skills and reached out to Mick Foley for some advice, but he never needed to question himself.  This is one awesome read.

And, as luck would have it, Dee has also just released his album Dee Does Broadway.  Dee starred in Rock of Ages in 2010 (and should have been cast in the upcoming movie, just sayin’) and now he puts his spin on some classics.  He’s joined on some songs by Broadway vets Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth, and Celebrity Apprentice cohort Clay Aiken.

Tonight, you can catch Dee signing his book at Mendham Books at 7pm.  With Eddie Trunk and Teresa Guidice living just down the road, it could be a star filled evening.

Here’s Dee’s video for “Mack The Knife” directed by his son Cody.

News Round Up: Zakk Wylde, Fleetwood Mac, Kristin Hersh, Buzzy Martin and T.M Wolf

Posted by on Apr.27, 2012, under News No Comments

Next week, we’ll finally see the release of  Zakk Wylde‘s book Bringing Metal To The Children: The Berzerkers Guide To Complete World Tour Domination. The book is getting great early buzz and Zakk will be a guest on our show in the near future. Pre-order Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide to World Tour Domination

Fleetwood Mac fans will want to grab Ken Caillat’s new book, Making Rumors: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album. All the fascinating, behind-the-scenes scoop is here as well as some surprises. Buy Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album

Two of our former guests, Kristin Hersh and Buzzy Martin are getting the movie treatment for their books.  Kristin’s Rat Girl is in the development stage and Buzzy’s book Don’t Shoot! I’m The Guitar Man is in production now with a release date scheduled for next year.  Check out more on Buzzy’s movie here and check out  Don’t Shoot! I’m the Guitar Man and Rat Girl: A Memoir in print before they hit the big screen.

Finally, we recently received a copy of Sound: A Novel by T.M. Wolf (out May 1st) and we are so glad this one found us. Sound is most likely the first novel to be written on a composer’s notebook of blank staff paper, a very cool concept that works. Order Sound: A Novel

Rock Book Show Interview: Alex Call “867-5309 Jenny: The Song That Saved Me”

Posted by on Aug.16, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

You may not know the name of your Senator or remember much from geometry class, but if we asked you “What’s Jenny’s phone number?, you’d know it.  Alex Call, is the guy who wrote that song and while Tommy Tutone may have been a one-hit wonder, Alex is not.

In his new book, “867-5309 Jenny: The Song That Saved Me“, Alex takes us on a literal rollercoaster career ride: First, there’s his work with Clover (whose members included Huey Lewis, Sean Hopper and John McFee of the Doobie Brothers), working with a very young producer named Mutt Lange, and backing up Elvis Costello on his first album, “My Aim Is True”.  They never reached their maximum potential in the States, but many artists revered their albums.  Then, he recounts personal struggles with depression and alcohol, plaguing him throughout much of his career, though not documented in a self-pitying way.  Finally, he discusses the highs and lows of being a songwriter,explaining how he went from writing “Jenny” to laboring in dirt and cobwebs under a former bandmates house, to the soaring success of having a hit record and being signed by Clive Davis…to losing it all again.

A prolific writer, Alex has written over twenty books and has also written or co-written the hit songs “Little Too Late” for Pat Benatar, “Perfect World” and “Power of Love” for Huey Lewis and The News and more.

This interview explores those early days of Clover, the true story of the inspiration for the song “897-5309 Jenny,” and what Alex thinks the real title of the book should have been.

Buy the book. Visit Alex’s YouTube channel.  Follow Alex on Twitter.  Read Alex’s WordPress blog here.  Like him on Facebook.  Find out more about the Barnes and Noble book/concert tour on the book’s website.

Below the video, we’ve included the original demo for “867-5309″ (which Alex recently discovered on a cassette tape in a garbage bag!).  It’s worth a listen.

Rock Book Show Interview: Martin Popoff “Black Sabbath FAQ— All That’s Left To Know On The First Name In Metal”

Posted by on Jul.12, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

If you’re a fan of metal, chances are you’re a fan of Black Sabbath.  Martin Popoff, who previously wrote what is widely considered the definitive biography of the band, “Doom Let Loose“, brings fans this new FAQ book, required reading for metal fans.

Martin is often called “the world’s most famous heavy metal journalist.”  He is also a contributor to the upcoming series for VH1 Classic, “Metal Evolution”.

A few more facts about Popoff:

-He has unofficially written more record reviews than anybody in history (7,900).

-Written thirty-three books including biographies of Judas Priest, Dio, Rush, Rainbow and UFO.

-Contributor to Guitar World, Goldmine and Record Collector.

Check out our chat where we talk about topics like Sabbath’s influence on metal culture, the Van Halen feud,  turning this book in to a drinking game, and more.

Buy the book.

Colin Meloy Of “The Decemberists” To Release Book

Posted by on May.23, 2011, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

HarperCollins announced today that Colin Meloy, the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists will write a three book series for children called “Wildwood”. The first book will be released this fall.

Wildwood” is a classic tale of adventure, magic, and danger, set in an alternate version of modern-day Portland, Oregon.