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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.

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

Posted by on Sep.10, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments


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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.

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.

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.

Hallelujah. The Holy Or The Broken Book Interview With Alan Light

Posted by on Dec.18, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Acclaimed music journalist and author Alan Light (who earlier this year co-wrote Gregg Allman’s memoir My Cross To Bear) chronicles the path of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” in The Holy or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”.  While the song has achieved great success and seems commonplace now, it almost never got recorded.  “Hallelujah” took Cohen 7-8 years to write.  There were originally 70-80 verses and it appeared on an album that went unreleased by Cohen’s label at the time, Columbia. 

Light traces the many incarnations of the song and the diverse artists who sang them, including Renee Fleming, Willie Nelson, k.d. Lang, and of course Buckley, who discovered the song through the John Cale version that was on the album “I’m Your Fan”.  
In this interview we talk about the curious and complex history of “Hallelujah”, what makes the song so enduring, and why Bono apologizes for his own version.

Buy The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”

Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man Author Sylvie Simmons Interview

Posted by on Dec.11, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Sylvie Simmons has written the definitive account of Leonard Cohen’s life in I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. Simmons offers the most complete picture of Cohen to date, from his early life in Montreal, his literary and musical successes, his muses, and every major milestone in between.  While difficult to condense such a full life into one volume, Simmons has done a masterful job, and her writing allows you to be enveloped in Cohen’s world.  

In this interview, Simmons shares some of the never-before-told stories in the book including fascinating tales of Cohen’s time in Nashville, the intriguing and rarely revealed skills that Cohen possesses and of course, Hallelujah.

Buy I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. Follow Sylvie on Twitter.

Yoko Ono Reconsidered: Lisa Carver Interview

Posted by on Dec.03, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Lisa Carver aka Lisa Suckdog has written a thought provoking book called Reaching Out With No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono, that allows Carver to channel Ono while pondering life. While looking at life through the lens of Ono can turn a world upside down, it’s also freeing. Carver hopes that people will put down the book and “go live” and there’s much to be inspired by in Carver’s writing.

Carver previously wrote the popular fanzine Roller Derby  and authored the books Dancing Queen: The Lusty Adventures of Lisa Crystal Carver, Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir and The Lisa Diaries.

In this interview we talk about putting the book together, Ono as a feminist and what art piece by Ono Carver hopes people will emulate with her book.

Buy Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono. Visit the official Suckdog site.

Bruce Springsteen Book Author Peter James Carlin Interview (Video)

Posted by on Nov.27, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

New York Times best-selling author Peter Ames Carlin has written another successful rock icon biography. Previously, he wrote highly-respected books about Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney, and his new biography of Bruce Springsteen, Bruce, is already being called the new definitive biography of that complex subject.  While the project started out independently, Carlin received a call from John Landau, Springsteen’s longtime manager, about 18 months into the project and was given access to Bruce, the E Street Band and various family and friends.

Many new details of Springsteen’s life emerge in the book, and even longtime hardcore fans are stating that they are learning new things.  Notably, Carlin captures the first time that Bruce has publicly talked about his depression and treatment at this length in the book.  Further, Carlin was the last person to interview Clarence Clemons before his untimely death, and the tone of Clemens’ recollections are even more poignant given his passing shortly after speaking with the author.

In this interview, we talk with Carlin about Clemons and his feelings about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mike Appel and Springsteen’s early champions at Columbia Records (including Clive Davis), the E-Street Band’s fondness for their version of the game “Monopoly”, and how Carlin scored “Jersey-points” with Springsteen at a restaurant down the shore.

Buy Bruce.  Follow Peter on Twitter. Visit Carlin’s website.

New Jimmy Page Autobiography- Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page

Posted by on Nov.20, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Brad Tolinski, editor in chief of Guitar World, has combed through over fifty hours of his interviews with Jimmy Page to bring to life this incredible oral autobiography, Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page. Many consider Page an enigma, but the format of this book allows the reader to gain new insight into the man in the best possible way, through his own words. 

Tolinski has done a masterful job of covering the expanse of Page’s career: his work with The Yardbirds, the secrets behind his production work, and his current projects.  In between some of the chapters, Tolinski has “musical interludes” where Page has conversations with other musicians like Jeff Beck and Jack White. 
In this interview, we talk about Page’s work with The Yardbirds, the legacy of Coverdale/Page, and what guitar of Page’s Tolinski would love to own and much more. 

Buy Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page . Listen to Tolinski’s playlist for Light & Shade .