Tag: autobiography

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


The Runaways book Queens of noise

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.

News Round Up: Rod Stewart And Peter Criss Books Out Tomorrow. Johnny Depp Gets Into The Book Business.

Posted by on Oct.22, 2012, under News No Comments

-Rod Stewart’s memoir Rod: The Autobiography is out tomorrow. Read an excerpt here. And yes, he talks about THAT rumor.

-Mark McGrath recently tweeted he had to pick between the new Pete Townshend and John Taylor books to read on the plane. Here’s the winner.

-Harper Collins and Johnny Depp are teaming up to create an new imprint called Infinitum Nihil.  Their first book will be about Bob Dylan.

-Somebody made off with a bunch of autographed Pete Townshend books after his signing in New Jersey.

-The Daily Beast has boiled down the eight best bits of the John Taylor book.

-There are two different excerpts from the Peter Criss book Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss here and here. The book is out tomorrow. Here are the book tour dates.

News Round Up: Cyndi Lauper, Sebastian Bach, New York Rocker, Waterboys, Rudy Sarzo

Posted by on Aug.28, 2012, under News No Comments

Just received an advance copy of Cyndi Lauper’s new book here at Rock Book Show HQ.  It’ll be out September 18th. Pre-order here.  Co-written with Jancee Dunn, this should be a good one.

If you liked Zen and the Art of Mixing, you might like Zen and the Art of Producing.

Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake) will be our guest next week. If you haven’t read his book Off The Rails, check it out here.

Mike Scott of The Waterboys has had great success with his book in the UK and it’s now available here.

Sebastian Bach, Super Tweeter and occasional Twitter book reviewer (he recently gave 5 out of 5 stars to Henry Rollins’ Get In The Van) tweeted over the weekend that if he wrote a book, it would be insane. Yes it would! Please write one, Sebastian!

Also in the other books-we’d-like-to-see-written category, we’d love to see someone chronicle the history of The New York Rocker.  It seems anyone referencing the original NYC New Wave/Post-Punk scene points to the NYR as the bible of that era.  

Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Pete Townsend And John Taylor Battle For Fall Memoir Crown

Posted by on Aug.01, 2012, under News No Comments


Since the success of Keith Richards’s My Life and Patti Smith’s Just Kids, publishers have been clamoring for the next best-selling rock memoir, and with the potential for a big bucks payday, more artists than ever are willing to share their story.

This weekend the New York Times published a fantastic article titled “Warts and All In New Pop Memoirs” that further explains the phenomenon, and cited memoirs by Gregg Allman, Tony Iommi and Carole King as recent examples.

When the much anticipated memoirs of Neil YoungRod StewartPete Townsend and John Taylor of Duran Duran all hit stores within weeks of each other this fall, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top and how they’ll get there; by spilling long untold secrets, rewriting their own history, or a compelling combination of both.

New York Magazine Excerpts “Commando” Autobiography From Johnny Ramone

Posted by on Mar.21, 2012, under News No Comments


Check out this incredible excerpt from “Commando” from Johnny Ramone in New York Magazine.

See also Johnny’s top ten lists and reviews of every Ramone’s album.

Order “Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone” here.