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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

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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.


Slayer, Aphex Twin, Martin Popoff and Elvis!: Books You Want

Posted by on Mar.28, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

While we were on hiatus, here are a few books you may have missed—- but shouldn’t.

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 Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years  is the book Slayer fans have waited for or as David Konow, author of “Reel Terror” and the metal history “Bang Your Head”, puts it: This is “the biography the band has always deserved… A book documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly without spin or sensationalism has been long overdue, and hats off to D.X. Ferris for getting it all down in this remarkable volume, which no SLAYER fan should be without.”  We’re also thrilled to announce that Ferris will be a guest on the show soon!

aphex twin

Way ahead of his time, Aphex Twin created electronic music suitable for ravers, nerdy music intellectuals, and casual listeners alike. Join author Marc Weidenbaum as he “takes an academic, thematic and philosophical approach to ambient music in context of the album and places the album in context of rave/massive and early Internet culture at time of album’s release.”

Martin Popoff 900 records book

 Friend of the show Martin Popoff has a new and improved version of his previous work Smokin’ Values: A Headbanger’s Guide to 900 NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) Records. It’s classic Popoff with reviews, tons of pictures and a look at virtually every record in the genre between 1979 and 1983.

shades of elvis book

What if you looked through the most famous sunglasses in the world? Shades of Elvis answers that question in book form with over 75 celebrities trying Elvis’ sunglasses on with fun and often compelling results. (Note: Sideburns not included)


Nirvana, Alex Chilton, Gang of Four And Black Francis : New Books

Posted by on Mar.26, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

So many new books to talk about:

here we are now book cover Kurt Cobain

Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain from Charles R. Cross. Cross also wrote the Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven. Cobains’ influence is still felt 20 years later and each chapter examines his legacy in a unique way.

gang of four book cover 33 1/3

Officially out March 27th, but you can probably find a copy early, is Gang of Four’s Entertainment from Kevin Dettmar. 33 1/3’s ongoing series continues to impress.

alex chilton book cover

Holly George-Warren has written the first biography of Alex Chilton titled A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man. Hard to believe this is the first biography of Chilton!

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 Pixies fans rejoice! Black Francis and Josh Frank have a written a book!  Out April 15th, The Good Inn is, to quote a piece of the Introduction, “an illustrated novel, based on a soundtrack in the making, for a feature-length film yet to be made about the first narrative pornographic movie ever created.” The drawings of Steven Appleby accompany the narrative.

The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn will be hosting a book launch conversation and signing with Francis and Frank on April 25th.


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.


Rush Illustrated History Interview With Martin Popoff

Posted by on Jun.27, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

Rush Illustrated History Book Cover

 

Martin Popoff is the author of over forty rock books. He previously wrote the Rush biography Contents Under Pressure, and was a huge part of the Rush movie, Beyond The Lighted Stage.  You can also see him on VH1’s Metal Evolution.  While some might suffer Rush-fatigue after that, Popoff said it was the format of the illustrated history books that got him interested in doing this project ,and he didn’t have to look much further than his own extensive collection of Rush memorabilia for a jumping off point when putting this book together.  According to Popoff, his most prized possessions are his signed albums, and they’re featured in the introduction to the book.  “Rush fans are demanding,” said Popoff, and thoughtful care was taken to include a great deal of all-new material in the book, including new album reviews that will give fans much to debate.

In this interview, we talk about the process of putting the book together, how the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction changed the ending of the book, and why Rush continues to be at the top of their game. Plus, Popoff talks about his upcoming Metallica, Art of Metal, and Iron Maiden books that will be out later this year, tips on getting an autograph from a rock star, and how he stays organized while writing rock books.


10 Rock Books To Put On Your Radar

Posted by on Jan.22, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments


Rock Book News: Rex Brown Book, Punk Press, Peter Hook and more

Posted by on Jan.11, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

 

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-Here’s two to put on your radar for March: Punk Press: Rebel Rock in the Underground Press, 1968-1980 out March 5th, and Pantera’s Rex Brown tells all in Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera.

-Check out some of the interesting choices of music books on Rocket 88 Books, including the first English translation of Pink Moon, the first biography of Nick Drake which until now had only been available in Danish.

-Brooklyn Vegan reports that a second book talk with Peter Hook has been added at Strand Books in NYC January 29th.

-Two friends of the show and friendly Springsteen sparring partners, Caryn Rose and Marc Dolan, will be doing a joint discussion at Word in Brooklyn January 21st.

-Supernatural Strategies For Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band from Ian Svenonius is described  as “an instructional guide, which doubles as a warning device, a philosophical text, an exercise in terror, an aerobics manual, and a coloring book”.  We’re intrigued.

 


Best Rock Books 2012,Other Lists, Elvis Costello CD Memoir and more

Posted by on Nov.30, 2012, under News No Comments

-Elvis Costello’s 17 CD booklets make up his lost memoir.

-Fifty bucks will get you an autographed copy of Dee Snider’s Shut Up And Give Me The Mic.

-The Guardian presents their list of the fall’s best rock books, including some that have not come out in the US yet.

-The New York Times presents their rock gift book list.

-Here’s The Times‘ holiday coffee table book list that includes four beautiful rock choices.

-And, if you’re looking for something outside the rock genre, here’s Publishers Weekly’s list of the best books of Fall 2012


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 .


News Roundup: The Pete Townshend Book Is Out!

Posted by on Oct.08, 2012, under News No Comments

-Today is the official release day for Pete Townshend’s book Who I Am. Pete will be signing his book over the next few weeks at various locations. Here’s a list.

-Just out in paperback is Susan Masino’s fun and fascinating look at the three generations of Hank Williams’s. Check out our interview with Susan.

-Butch Walker, singer/songwriter/producer/artist/author/bon vivant has a new documentary out, kind of. It’s making the rounds of the festival circuit right now and will be available to everyone soon.  Here’s a look at the trailer.

-Coming in November, a little treat in book form from Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman called Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From The Road.

– Don’t miss these recent book releases: Motorhead-Live To Win by their official biographer Alan Burridge and Punk: An Aesthetic from Jon Savage , William Gibson,and  Linder Sterling.