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Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr. and The Jesus Lizard With New Books!

Posted by on Mar.20, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

Three new books to put on your radar bring back memories of the ’90’s.

Out March 24th from Keith Cameron, Mudhoney: The Sound And The Fury From Seattle. Formed in 1988, Mudhoney is still going strong and this is their story. Could they be the most influential Seattle grunge band?

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Our friends at Flavorwire let us know about the recently released Dinosaur Jr. and Jesus Lizard books.  Both are beautifully done art books and here’s a look inside both.



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E Street Shuffle, Nick Cave, AC/DC Dirty Deeds And More Eddie Trunk

Posted by on Jan.18, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments


The Art Of Nick Cave, out this week, paints a picture of Cave through a collection of essays.

E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Springsteen and the E Street Band, looks at the darker side of Springsteen and the band. Written by Clinton Heylin, check out one of his older books From the Velvets to the Voidoids: The Birth of American Punk Rock.

- One you might have missed: Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll, by Joe Oestereich, tells the tale of kind-of-sorta making it in the business and learning to live with a different level of success.

- Mark Evans was nineteen when he joined the biggest band to come out of Australia. His story is now told in Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC.

- Eddie Trunk’a book, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, was so successful that the sequel, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Vol. 2 will be out later this year. Now everyone left out of the first edition can stop being mad at Trunk.

Best Rock Books 2012 As Picked By Some Of Our Guests

Posted by on Dec.14, 2012, under News No Comments


We asked some of our former guests what their favorite rock books were this year, and this is what they said:

Mike McPadden—(author, If You Like Metallica, Here Are Over 200 Bands, CDs, Movies And Other Oddities That You Will Love)

We Got Power: Hardcore Punk Scenes From Southern California- David Markey and Jordan Schwartz

David Markey directed two of my all time favorite rock movies: Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984) and Lovedolls Superstar (1986).Now, with We Got Power, he has co-authored my all-time favorite book
about my all-time favorite mode of punk: early ’80s Black Flag-Redd Kross-Circle Jerk-Germs SoCal. It’s an invaluable artifact of “you-are-there” zine reprints and never-before seen photos, with wise,
weird, and rib-tickling reflections from those who endure.

My Cross to BearGreg Allman with Alan Light

In 2012, I grew my hair long, quit trimming my beard, upped my barbecue intake, and set my Spotify playlists to (more or less) full-time southern rock. I also read Gregg Allman’s My Cross to Bear
on a trip to North Carolina last spring. Coincidence? I reckon not.

Eddie Trunk—(author, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal)

Peter Criss’s From Makeup to Breakup

I feel it’s the best book on Kiss yet. Peter wears it on his sleeve so it was no surprise he was this forthcoming and he is as hard on himself as others. A great read for Kiss and non Kiss fans.

Scott Heim—(author, The First Time I Heard…(David Bowie, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, New Order/Joy Division, Cocteau Twins– E-Book Series) 

Talent Is An Asset: The Story Of Sparks- Daryl Easlea

The music book I read this year that I most enjoyed was TALENT IS AN ASSET: THE STORY OF SPARKS by Daryl Easlea.  I think the book was released in Europe prior to 2012, but it’s been pretty difficult to get over here, so when I was in the UK early this year, I made sure to head right to the music section at a Waterstone’s, and luckily, I found a copy.  I’ve loved Sparks for many, many years, in every one of their forever-changing incarnations; being a Sparks fan is like being in an exclusive club for eccentrics, and reading this book made me feel even cozier within that club.  Ron and Russell Mael have been making brilliant, weird, and thrilling music for over 40 years now, and the TALENT IS AN ASSET book helps give them a little bit of the recognition and respect they so deserve.

Caryn Rose—(author, Raise Your Hand: Adventures Of An American Springsteen Fan In Europe)

The One- RJ Smith

This is not only one of the best rock books of 2012, it’s one of the best rock books ever written, and is for some reason criminally ignored. This biography of James Brown is an astounding, lyrical piece of work that doesn’t just show and tell, it makes you feel the story. It candy colors nothing about Brown’s life, good or bad, but is still a story full of deep, deep respect for the man’s music, work and effect on history. It will not only teach you about James Brown, but about U.S. history, about early rock and roll, about the fledgling days of the music business, about the Civil Rights movement, and about rhythm and blues. If you consider yourself a serious fan of rock music you need to read this book.

Commando – The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

At this point there are no secrets left in the Ramones camp, between all of the books, good and bad. I knew I had to read this but I was dreading doing so; it was bad enough that I already thought Johnny was a jerk, I wasn’t sure that I needed it confirmed by Johnny himself. I’m glad I persevered because this book helped me see him through different lenses. I still think he was more than a little bit of a jerk, but I also feel like he made no bones about that, ever. His life was fascinating and his perspective on life, rock and roll and his work was extraordinarily interesting. The other element is that Johnny is one of these figures in rock and roll who wrote everything down and kept track of absolutely everything. I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what’s in the book as a result of that habit but you can imagine the results.

Earl Douglas-(author, Black Rock Volume 1)

Bettye LaVette – A Woman Like Me

Singer Bettye LaVette pens the ultimate story of how it took her over 40 years to become an overnight sensation.  Loaded with tales of sex, drugs, good times and bad (with or involving music’s biggest movers and shakers), ‘A Woman Like Me’ is THE rock n roll survivor’s tome.  A must read.

Pete Townshend – Who I Am

The long awaited memoir by The Who frontman is everything you would expect: Insightful, colorful, brutally honest and meticulously detailed.  This is a well rounded look at one of rock’s most beloved artists.

Marc Dolan—(author, Bruce Springsteen And The Promise Of Rock ‘N’ Roll)

How Music Works- David Byrne

Raise Your Hand:Adventures Of An American Springsteen Fan In Europe- Caryn Rose

So many great music books have come out this year, almost too many for one person to keep track of (except Kimberly, of course). Of the ones I have read, I would pick one from a performer’s perspective and one from an audience member’s perspective.The performer’s book is David Byrne’s How Music Works, which for me actually bags the brass ring after which Dylan, Richards, and Young were all grasping in their books. It’s not a book you read for the cameo appearances, the substance abuse, or the greatest hits. It uses the specifics of the author’s life to talk about music in general, which is a much harder trick to pull off than you’d think.

The audience member’s book is Caryn Rose’s Raise Your Hand. It’s an EP, not an LP, but it perfectly captures what intelligent fandom is like, how someone who may seem simply obsessed to an outsider is actually logical, critical, and just extremely well-informed. It also reminds me of Greil Marcus’ book on Van Morrison a few years back, about how ephemeral but glorious certain moments of art can be.

Both Byrne and Rose have strong points of view, and I don’t agree with either of them on everything, not by a longshot. But those two books do what all great works of criticism do–they make you want to pull the music down off the shelf and give it a fresh hearing.

Joe Bonomo—(editor, Conversations With Greil Marcus)

Every Day I Take A Wee: The Beastie Boys And The Untimely Death Of Suburban Folklore- Christopher R. Weingarten

Who I Am: A Memoir- Pete Townshend

Commando- The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone

Every Day I Take A Wee: The Beastie Boys And The Untimely Death Of Suburban Folklore (Christopher R. Weingarten) and Who I Am: A Memoir (Pete Townshend). The former is part of Singles Notes, Rhino Records’ e-book series. Former SPIN editor Weingarten tells a funny tale of growing up white and suburban and navigating the sometimes tricky cultural landscape of hip-hop and geeky Beastie Boys fandom. Weingarten’s smart and doesn’t take himself too seriously, thoughtfully exploring NYC romance and the increasing divide between old-school record collectors and current downloading music fans. Townshend’s book sprawls, unsurprisingly from a man who speaks in paragraphs, but is a detailed, engrossing account of what it was like to be the cause of, and in many ways the victim of, the aural and cultural storm that was The Who. Townshend’s honest in the book about his shortcomings as a songwriter and a man, and at times his bafflement in the face of his own philandering and general ill behavior gets tiresome and predictable. But overall Who I Am is an idiosyncratic, valuable look at coming of age as a songwriter in the 1960s and 70s and of truly believing Rock’s promises for a better world.

Johnny Ramone’s autobiography Commando is exactly what I expected. His voice is dry and forthright (you can hear the Borough accent), lacking in self-interrogation but with the occasional self-criticism. Ramone’s not shy about exposing some bad decisions and poor judgement, especially in his reckless, aimless adolescence, but Commando is hardly his end-of-life mea culpa, an opportunity to sensitively, unsparingly essay his life for telling contradictions and graphic self-awareness. Essentially, what governs Commando is a late-life shrug: we did what we did as best we could. I’m a little surprised at—and a bit uneasy with—how appealing I find Ramone’s voice. I think that I would’ve loved talking to him; we could have discussed baseball and rock and roll all night long, and when the subject turned to politics I would’ve dodged the issues on which I knew we wouldn’t agree. But I would certainly have known where he stood. Our shared ground might have been broader than I would’ve guessed. Judging from people I’ve spoken with who knew Ramone, his stubbornness and narrow-mindedness could be wearing. Confined between book covers, his personality is appealing, if odious at times. Entertainingly predictable. I laughed a lot—you know what you’re getting, and what’s coming, with Ramone.

Dave Grohl, Serj Tankian, Sean Yseult, Devo, Influential Tweeters And More News

Posted by on Aug.07, 2012, under News No Comments

Sometimes we like to mix it up with some news that isn’t just about books.  Here’s some cool stuff we wanted to share:

-Former guest Sean Ysuelt’s new band just joined Twitter. Follow Star And Dagger here and watch our interview with Sean here.

-Serj Tankian from System of a Down just released his own beat sequencing ipad app aptly named “I am Serj”.  And, did you know Serj was one of the first guests on Rock Book Show? In case you missed it, here’s our interview.

-Dave Grohl is working on a documentary called “Sound City” about the famed recording studio in Van Nuys. Here’s a look at the first trailer and more info.

-Billboard just came out with its 2nd annual “Twitter 140″ list featuring the “must follow” people in the music world.  See the complete list here.

-Two more movies we want to see:  “Are We Not Men?” is in post-production, and we can’t wait to see this Devo doc.  And in theaters nowSearching for Sugarman, the most buzzed about summer music movie.

Official DEVO Documentary: 5-minute Preview from DEVOfilm on Vimeo.

NEWS ROUNDUP: Metallica, Buddy Guy, And More

Posted by on May.25, 2012, under Current Shows, News No Comments

Here’s the latest:

– Two books arrived in our mailbox this week. For Metallica fans, there’s If You Like Metallica Here Are Over 200 Bands, CDs, Movies, and Other Oddities That You Will Love. And, a new biography of Jazz great and music influencer Buddy Guy When I Left Home: My Story.

-Freddie Mercury gets a new bio  Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury.

-Released a few years ago, but still awesome, Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film.

-Music we love this week: Check out the OBN III’s now out on tour.

– Dee Snider’s memoir “Shut Up And Give Me The Mic” is a great weekend read. Check out our interview.

Finally, this hilarious video has been making the rounds this week. Who knew Huey Lewis was punk.

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

News Roundup– Ramones, Rock Baby Names, Cobain and Mustaine!

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

You Know What You Did Last Summer… and now it might be time to pick out baby names. Rock and Roll Baby Names: Over 2,000 Music-Inspired Names, from Alison to Ziggy is a new book from Margaret Eby. There’s also a related contest to win a bunch of cool swag from Penguin, including Marc Spitz’s “Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue”.  Enter here.

Released last week, photographer Bill Hale has put out Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place. Fans will love this and the forward was written by Dave Mustaine, natch.

Eric Erlandson and Melissa Auf der Maur are doing a Q&A and signing on April 5th at Barnes and Noble in Union Square, NYC to celebrate the release of Eric’s new book, “Letters to Kurt“. Details are here.  Read a great interview Eric did with LA Weekly here.

Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone officially releases on Tuesday April 2nd, but you can get it online now.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duff McKagan’s awesome memoir is now out in paperback. Check out our interview with Duff and buy It’s So Easy: and other lies.

We know it’s a stretch, but this is the first song we thought of when we thought of babies.  Feel free to name your kid Eddie, but please don’t name them Money.

Rock Book Show Interview: Nikki Van Noy “What Would You Say: Dave Matthews Band 20 Years On The Road”

Posted by on Jun.21, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

This is the book Dave Matthews Band fans have been waiting for, a comprehensive look at their beloved band’s 20 year career.  But, the story of the DMB’s success wouldn’t be complete without including the fans who are so integral to their success.

Nikki Van Noy is a writer (and fan!) who covers the phenomenon of DMB during the summer tours of 2009 and 2010.  The book includes exclusive interviews and insight from the band, and the fans who were there from the beginning in Charlottesville, Virginia.

For some people, being a fan of Dave Matthews isn’t just about the music, it’s a way of life,  and Nikki gives us a backstage pass to it all.

Buy the book here. Follow Nikki on Twitter.  Follow Stefan on Twitter. Check out the Caravan dates.

New Releases– 33 1/3 Television, Dinosaur Jr. and The Stones!

Posted by on Jun.09, 2011, under News No Comments

It’s like Christmas over at 33 1/3 books.  Today they released not one, not two, but three good ones.  Check out Television’s “Marquee Moon“, Dinosaur Jr.’s  “You’re Living All Over Me” and The Rolling Stones “Some Girls“.  They also run a great blog which you should bookmark.  That way,  you’ll know about all their doings and upcoming releases like Portishead.

Rock Book Show Interview: Holly George-Warren Part 2

Posted by on May.05, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

In part two of our interview, Kimberly and Holly talk more about the upcoming Alex Chilton biography, hillbillies, hippies and punk rockers. And…find out how Gene Autry is the Kevin Bacon of music!