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The Good Inn’s Josh Frank Book Interview

Posted by on Apr.30, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

the good inn

Who wouldn’t be intrigued by an introduction that states, “what follows is an illustrated novel,based on an in-the-works soundtrack,for a feature-length film that has yet to be made, about the first narrative pornographic movie ever made”? Josh Frank, Black Francis and illustrator Steven Appleby have created a world that gives depth beyond that pornographic film, and it’s called “The Good Inn”.  The film is the centerpiece of the story, but it is more an exploration of why the film was created, who created it, who the actors were, and Black Francis’ music used throughout the narrative to complete the semi-historical tale.

Frank, who has been friends with Francis for many years, heard the song cycle that inspired the movie idea and approached him about putting his film idea into book-form first.  Some of the songs are used throughout the book and bringing in Appleby to further give the narrative vision, compliments the story without overwhelming it. It’s a unique world to visit and one that should be stunning on film.

In this interview, Frank further explains the collaboration between himself, Appleby and Black Francis, plans for the film (which will be called Guncotton) and why artists should be allowed to create art.

Buy the book. Visit the website (where you can purchase t-shrits and lithographs). Find them on Facebook and Twitter. Upcoming book events.

News Round Up: Allman Movie Planned, Gramm’s New Book, Ratt And Roll And More

Posted by on Apr.15, 2013, under News No Comments


– Here’s what Mike Scott of The Waterboys was reading this weekend.

– Lou Gramm of Foreigner releases his book Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ‘n’ Roll on May 1st.  Here’s where he’ll be signing his book

– Stephen Pearcy of Ratt is about to unleash his book Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life in Rock on the world. He’ll also be out signing and what not.

– Burt Bacharach’s memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music out May 7th . Meet Burt

– Gregg Allman’s memoir My Cross to Bear has been optioned for a movie.  The question is, who’s going to play Cher?


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Record Store Day 2013 Official Movie Based On Recent Book

Posted by on Apr.11, 2013, under News No Comments


Last Shop Standing

Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened To Record Shops? by Graham Jones has been turned in to a movie.  The film has been named the official film of Record Store Day 2013 and is now available on DVD.

According to the press release for the film :

“It’s like a library for your ears and your mind.” So says Johnny Marr, about record shops, in our OFFICIAL FILM OF RECORD STORE DAY: Last Shop Standing: The Rise and Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop.  It’s based on a book by Graham Jones, directed by Pip Piper, and we think you’ll dig it too.  Johnny is just one of the musicians who talks about their love for the indie record store, a love which continues this week as his debut solo record, THE MESSENGER, hits their stacks.

The film will have its US debut in Houston on Friday, April 19th.

Check out the trailer with Marr and other all-star musicians.

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.

Dee Snider Does Broadway And A New Book

Posted by on May.09, 2012, under News No Comments











Yesterday, Dee Snider unleashed his hilarious self-penned memoir Shut Up and Give Me The Mic on the masses. Dee had some doubt along the way about his writing skills and reached out to Mick Foley for some advice, but he never needed to question himself.  This is one awesome read.

And, as luck would have it, Dee has also just released his album Dee Does Broadway.  Dee starred in Rock of Ages in 2010 (and should have been cast in the upcoming movie, just sayin’) and now he puts his spin on some classics.  He’s joined on some songs by Broadway vets Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth, and Celebrity Apprentice cohort Clay Aiken.

Tonight, you can catch Dee signing his book at Mendham Books at 7pm.  With Eddie Trunk and Teresa Guidice living just down the road, it could be a star filled evening.

Here’s Dee’s video for “Mack The Knife” directed by his son Cody.

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

Interview: Mark Yarm “Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge”

Posted by on Sep.13, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

A few years ago on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Sub Pop, Mark Yarm wrote an amazing oral history piece for Blender magazine, where he was then a senior editor.  After the magazine folded, Yarm still had a wealth of information left and thought it might be turned into a really cool book.  But Yarm didn’t just write a really cool book, he put together what turns out to be the definitive oral history of Grunge.  “Everybody Loves Our Town” is the “Please Kill Me” for a new generation of music fans.

Yarn conducted over 250 unique interviews with most-likely everyone who was there, including musicians, reporters, producers, scenesters and hangers-on.  And, the book has many first-time revelations from Courtney Love, Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm, and the late Mike Starr from Alice in Chains. (Yarm was one of the last people to speak with Starr before he died in March)

Everybody Loves Our Town” also includes rare, never-before-seen photographs of Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam and others.

In this interview, Yarm talks about how the book came together, the infamous Cat Butt/L7 tour that included everything from sex to hatchets, how everyone loathes the label “Grunge” and who the person you would least expect to see connected with the Seattle scene actually is.

Buy Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge. Find the book and Mark on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.  See Mark speak on a panel this Sunday the 18th at 2pm at The Brooklyn Book Festival.  It’s free!

New Release Tuesday: “Everybody Loves Our Town: The Oral History of Grunge” by Mark Yarm

Posted by on Sep.06, 2011, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments


On the heels of the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s “Ten” and Nirvana’s “Nevermind” comes the 555-page oral history of grunge, “Everybody Loves Our Town” by Mark Yarm.  Yarm, a former editor of Blender (and an upcoming guest on our show) conducted over 250 interviews to put together this definitive tome.

Packed with new information, Yarm reveals the reasons Mike Starr was fired from Alice in Chains (from both Starr’s point of view and the management’s), how Candlebox singer Kevin Martin handled his allegedly amorous boss, Madonna, and Courtney Love, never one to shy away from controversy, presents Arm with a new theory surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain.

Never boring, often sad, but more often funny, “Everybody Loves Our Town: The Oral History of Grunge” tells the whole story.

Buy Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge. Check out the official Tumblr blog and hear celebrity playlists from Joel McHale and Taylor Momsen.

Rock Book Show Interview: Buzzy Martin “Don’t Shoot! I’m The Guitar Man”

Posted by on May.23, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

We found Buzzy’s book at our local bookstore and thought it looked interesting– Guy teaches guitar to inmates at San Quentin and we’re all shown how powerful a tool music can be to soothe restless souls.  What we didn’t bargain for, was how powerful and unforgettable Buzzy and his story would be.

Buzzy Martin has been teaching music to at-risk kids for almost 20 years. In 1998, he was asked if he’d like to teach a guitar class to inmates at San Quentin.  He took the gig, in hopes that he could use the experience to inform his existing work with his students, never imagining that twelve weeks would turn into  three and a half years at the”Q”.

Buzzy is still teaching music to kids and his story will be a major motion picture next year, with Eric Roberts starring as Buzzy.   Buzzy hopes to have a million people reading his book across the world, which he feels would allow him “to go to every juvenile hall across the country and donate 20 books to their libraries”.   Find Buzzy on Facebook and buy the book here..

Rock Book Show Interview: The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin and Bill Morrison

Posted by on May.10, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

Kimberly caught up with Jane and Bill at the Chiller Theatre Expo in Parsippany, NJ to talk about their comic book series, Lady Robotika.  They may have also discussed Star Trek, Batman, swinging, nipples and the Go-Go’s, but not necessarily in that order.

Check out Jane and the Go-Go’s on tour starting in Hershey, PA on May 29th. More dates and info on the official Go-Go’s website. Follow Jane on twitter here and Bill here.