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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.

New Kids On The Block (NKOTB) Book Interview

Posted by on Oct.23, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

The much anticipated New Kids On The Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters chronicles the unlikely thirty-year career of four guys from Dorchester and one guy from Jamaica Plain, who would go on to sell 80 million records and play before uncountable fans. Full of never-before-revealed details, thanks to the openness and honesty of the band itself, this book is a gift to the fans. But even those who have discounted the group as just-another-boy-band will be impressed with the group’s tenacity and determination. Not many artists come out of their first shot performing at the Apollo on Amateur Night and come out unscathed…NKOTB got a standing ovation.

As the book shows, after disbanding in 1994 and reuniting after a fifteen year hiatus, their second round of success seems almost sweeter for the band. The original mania that didn’t allow fans a chance to interact with their idols has waned, and this time around, with the help of social media and some spectacular concert cruises, fans are able to enjoy this second coming of success right alongside the guys. The band will release a new album later this year and will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2013.

In this interview, Nikki Van Noy talks about the early beginnings of the group and their relationship with Maurice Starr, which song turned the tide career-wise for the band , and why Waffle House has a special place in a New Kid’s heart.

Buy New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters. Follow the book on Facebook. @nkotbandus on twitter. @nkotb on twitter and facebook.

Seventy Guitar Legends Tell The Story Of Their First Guitar In New Book

Posted by on Oct.02, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

In her new book, My First Guitar: Tales Of True Love And Lost Chords, Julia Crowe weaves a musical journey with essays from 70 famous guitarists.  It’s an impressive list of subjects (including Dick Dale, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, Steve Vai, Tom Morello, Daniel Lanois, Joey Santiago of the Pixies, and Alex Lifeson of Rush), and the book’s forward was written by Andy Summers from The Police.

What separates this book from most, is the emotion that Crowe is able to translate to the page.  Crowe has a knack for taking the reader back in time and in the room with each guitar and player profiled. It’s quite an accomplishment.

My First Guitar…  proves the adage that the love for one’s first guitar never fades. As Jimmy Page says in the book, “It’s all still six strings. It never ceases to amaze me. And hopefully, it will never cease to amaze me.”

In this interview, we talk about how Crowe was able to catch up with her subjects, why she included so many different genres of music, and how she got her meeting with the ever-elusive Jimmy Page.

Buy My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians. Follow Julia on Twitter. Find Julia on Facebook.

New Randy Rhoads Photo Book And Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust

Posted by on Aug.29, 2012, under News No Comments

In Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off-the-record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton, and so much more, producer/engineer Ken Scott takes readers on a behind-the-soundboard  journey of his vast production work with artists like The Beatles, The Tubes, and Pink Floyd, and his management of ’80’s group Missing Persons. There’s a great review of the book here.


There’s an incredible new Randy Rhoads book available directly from Velocity Books. With over 400 photos and stories, you can read more about the book and enter to win a guitar here.

News Round Up: Weekend Reads, Summer Book List From Duff And More Jagger

Posted by on Jul.13, 2012, under News No Comments

-Looking for something different to read this weekend ? We’re loving The Chitlin’ Circuit: And the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll. Named an NPR best music book of the year last year and now out in paperback.

-Our former guest Duff McKagan (check out our interview),  just put out his summer reading list in Seattle Weekly.   Funny, The Great Gatsby was on our list too. (True story!)–

-It seems there’s a new Mick Jagger book every summer, but they’re always great.  Last year we had Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue from Marc Spitz (see our interview) and now there’s Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger from Christopher Andersen. Did Jagger and Clapton really have an affair? Who cares! We’re way more intrigued by the Geraldo Rivera/Nureyev/Jagger sandwich.

-The fabulous Freddie Mercury is shown some love in the fantastic Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury from Lesley-Ann Jones.

-And finally, if you’re in NYC or planning to visit soon, the new issue ofTime Out New York has a new great walk series including, a Punk Rock walk.  It’s only a mile and it ends at Manitoba’s. Of course you could combine this with another thing on our list– Imagine reading The Great Gatsby while enjoying a chilly cheap beer at Manitoba’s.  Now that’s how you do the classics!




Interview: Judy McGuire and Cliff Mott “The Official Book Of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll Lists”

Posted by on Jul.02, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Judy McGuire (aka “Date Girl” for Seattle Weekly) has put together The Official Book Of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N” Roll Lists.  McGuire is joined by a raucous cast of fellow list contributors including Andrew W.K., Michael Musto,  Handsome Dick Manitoba, and a host of other musicians, scenesters, and interesting characters.

Some of the lists in the book include:

-The 10 Most Iconic Crotches in Rock History

-14 Lovemaking Tips From Motley Crue

-The 10 Worst Parents In Rock

-5 Pot-Smoking Tips from Willie Nelson

-The 10 Worst Things About Being The Only Girl On The Tour Bus (By Bad Religion’s Tour Manager)

And you know you’re in for a treat when a book’s forward is written by Oderus Urungus of Gwar and the text is spectacularly accompanied by illustrations from Cliff Mott (Cracked, Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler)!

Given the subject matter for this book and interview, how could we not talk about fisting, drugs and what lists McGuire and Mott would find themselves on?

Buy The Official Book of Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Lists. Follow Judy on Twitter. Check out Cliffs’ website.  Read Judys’ “Date Girl” column.  Come and hear Judy read from her book at the book launch party July 12th at Powerhouse Arena.

Interview: Josh Baron Talks “Ticket Masters” Book

Posted by on Apr.24, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Last year, Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped exposed the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of ticket pricing. Just out in paperback today and with a brand new chapter, the book is a must read for anyone who missed it last fall.

Co-author Josh Baron stops by to talk about the surprising beginnings of the ticketing process, explains how prices are set, the players in the game and what the future holds for this billion dollar industry.

Buy Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped

Cyndi Lauper To Release Memoir This Fall

Posted by on Apr.11, 2012, under News No Comments

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