Tag: New book

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!

the good inn book cover

 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.

Rob Sheffield-Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals Of Love & Karaoke Book Interview And Playlist

Posted by on Aug.14, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

rob sheffield book cover turn around bright eyes


Rob Sheffield‘s new memoir Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke could be called the sequel to Love Is A Mix Tape.  After becoming a widower at 30, Sheffield moves to New York and struggles to find his way back into the living.  Karaoke allows him a way to express himself  and work through his grief even though, as he admits, he has a terrible voice.

Each chapter of the book uses a song that Sheffield loves to tell his story and explain his experiences. Sheffield has a way of making deeply personal moments in his life incredibly relatable, and it’s one of the reasons his books are so successful.

In this interview we talk about Rob’s first time singing karaoke, what it takes to empty a karaoke room, why there’s no crying in karoake, great songs that aren’t great karaoke songs, how senior citizens will make you up your karaoke game, and why Rod Stewart is a Zen Sage.

Buy Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke. Follow Rob on Twitter. Find Rob on Facebook.

As a bonus, here’s a playlist of some of the songs we talked about in the interview.

Duran Duran’s John Taylor Reveals New Book Cover

Posted by on Jul.20, 2012, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

JOHN TAYLOR (DURAN DURAN) - In The Pleasure Groove (Book)

Word is John Taylor will be giving up very explicit details of his life in his soon to be released autobiography ‘In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran’. The book is out October 16th and this is the first look at the book’s cover. The book will also include over a hundred photographs, many of which have never been seen before. An eBook and an audio edition will also be available. Read the press release.  See videos of band members where they share their thoughts on the book.


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..

Ice-T Shamelessly (and Brilliantly) Promotes His New Book

Posted by on Apr.29, 2011, under News No Comments

Get your copy now.

And, don’t forget,  it can be used as a weapon against prowlers.  Better than a throwing star muthaf***er!

Duff McKagan’s New Book Coming In October

Posted by on Apr.27, 2011, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

Right up front, this will not be a GNR tell-all.  But Duff McKagan‘s “It’s So Easy: And Other Lies” still set off a bidding war last year and it will ” begin on the day in 1994 when his pancreas burst from alcohol abuse. It would recount his rise through the music scene, his fall into drug abuse and his recovery, which included two years of celibacy and a degree in finance from Seattle Universityaccording to GNRdaily.com.   Read more about the upcoming book here.

We saw Duff lead a great panel at SXSW on finances, and here’s a link to an amazing recent article/interview with Duff  in Vanity Fair.

Pre-order the book here.

Upcoming Release: Steve Earle “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive” Free Download

Posted by on Apr.20, 2011, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

Steve Earle is releasing his cd  I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive on April 26th, and then, in a really cool two-fer move, he releases his first full length novel of the same name, on May 12th. The book “imagines the troubled life of Doc Ebersole as he is haunted by the ghost of his former patient and friend, Hank Williams” and it’s getting raves.  You can check out some of the praise here.

You can also get the first chapter from his new book as well as a download of the new song “Waitin’ On The Sky” if you “like” him on Facebook.

New Steven Tyler Memoir Out May 3rd

Posted by on Apr.19, 2011, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

“Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?” That’s the title of Steven Tyler‘s new autobiography coming out May 3rd, that will offer an in-depth look into this rock and roll icon’s legendary life and career.  In Steven’s own words, “I’ve been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I’ve been Cole-Portered and farmer’s-daughtered, I’ve be Led Zepped and 12-stepped.  I’m a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am.  I have so many outrageous stories, too many, and I’m gonna tell ‘em all. All the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drug, transcendence and chemical dependence you will ever want to hear.  And this is not just my take, this is the unbridled truth, the in-your-face up-close and prodigious tale of Steven Tyler straight from the horse’s lips.”  And we can’t wait!

You can pre-order the book here at a special price.  Follow Steven on Twitter here and like him on Facebook here.

Rock Book Show’s Interview with Serj Tankian

Posted by on Apr.04, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian chats with Rock Book Show’s Kimberly Austin about his new book “Glaring Through Oblivion”, the difference between being a musician and a poet, music activism, and much more.

Order your copy of “Glaring Through Oblivion” at a special price here.

Nikki Sixx Releases New Video Teaser for “This is Gonna Hurt”

Posted by on Mar.30, 2011, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

Nikki’s new book will be released on April 12th. Pre-order your copy here.