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New And Future Releases From Questlove, Ray Davies, Metallica, And More

Posted by on Jun.19, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

In this super sized edition of the news, we look at new and recent releases from Questlove, Nathan Rabin, Darlene Love and Iron Maiden. Then we look at ten of the over 150 books coming out between now and New Year’s.

Peppermint Lounge Book Goes Inside The Mobster Hangout and Musical Muse

Posted by on Aug.06, 2012, under Upcoming Releases No Comments

in the 80’s, the Peppermint Lounge was beloved by many New Wave club-goers. But that was the second incarnation of the club. In the 60’s the Peppermint Lounge was a front for the mob, a celebrity hangout and the inspiration for songs like the “The Peppermint Twist” and “Twisting The Night Away”, all of which are chronicled in the upcoming book Peppermint Twist: The Mob, The Music And The Most Famous Dance Club Of The 60’s.

The book will be out in November and here’s the description from Amazon: “The Peppermint Lounge was intended to be nothing more than a front for gambling and other rackets but the club became a sensation after Dick “Cami” Camillucci began to feature a new kind of music, rock and roll. The mobsters running the place found themselves juggling rebellious youths alongside celebrities like Greta Garbo and Shirley MacLaine. When The Beatles visited the club, Cami’s uncle-in-law had to restrain a hitman who was after Ringo because his girlfriend was so infatuated with the drummer.”

Joel Selvin, one of the book’s co-authors was also the co-author of last years bestselling Sammy Hagar memoir Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock

Pre-order Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the ’60s

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.


Interview: Judy McGuire and Cliff Mott “The Official Book Of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll Lists”

Posted by on Jul.02, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Judy McGuire (aka “Date Girl” for Seattle Weekly) has put together The Official Book Of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N” Roll Lists.  McGuire is joined by a raucous cast of fellow list contributors including Andrew W.K., Michael Musto,  Handsome Dick Manitoba, and a host of other musicians, scenesters, and interesting characters.

Some of the lists in the book include:

-The 10 Most Iconic Crotches in Rock History

-14 Lovemaking Tips From Motley Crue

-The 10 Worst Parents In Rock

-5 Pot-Smoking Tips from Willie Nelson

-The 10 Worst Things About Being The Only Girl On The Tour Bus (By Bad Religion’s Tour Manager)

And you know you’re in for a treat when a book’s forward is written by Oderus Urungus of Gwar and the text is spectacularly accompanied by illustrations from Cliff Mott (Cracked, Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler)!

Given the subject matter for this book and interview, how could we not talk about fisting, drugs and what lists McGuire and Mott would find themselves on?

Buy The Official Book of Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Lists. Follow Judy on Twitter. Check out Cliffs’ website.  Read Judys’ “Date Girl” column.  Come and hear Judy read from her book at the book launch party July 12th at Powerhouse Arena.

New Book Release: “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown” from RJ Smith

Posted by on Mar.16, 2012, under News No Comments

While it’s still early, we’re guessing RJ Smith’s brilliant biography of James Brown will be on many top ten lists at the end of the year. “The One: The Life and Music Of James Brown” is out today and music and pop culture aficionados will love it.

The “One” in the title refers to the upbeat at the beginning of any song, and it defined Brown’s sound and arguably how he lived his life. Brown himself said, ” The upbeat is rich, the downbeat is poor. Stepping up proud only happens on the aggressive ‘One””.

Smith pulls back Brown’s bejeweled cape and explores all the facets of Brown’s life beyond his legendary musical career, including his importance as an icon of black culture during the 60’s and 70’s.

Buy The One: The Life and Music of James Brown .

Rocktober New Book Releases!

Posted by on Oct.04, 2011, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

Lots to sink your teeth into this month.  Here’s our list of the top October releases.



Out today, Duff McKagan‘s memoir “It’s So Easy (and other lies)”.  Duff writes honestly about the early days in Seattle, GNR and his miraculous recovery from his own demons. Buy It’s So Easy: and other lies






Would you take medical advice from Ozzy Osbourne? Why not. “Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy” is a blend of a memoir, and some really fun and sometimes horrible advice.  Never before published personal stories are also included in the book.  Ozzy is not Dr. Oz and we love it! Out on the 11th, Pre-order Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor






Glenn Hughes is Deep Purple to many people and Stevie Wonder once called him his favorite white singer. But, his drug use and personal excesses threatened to end his career.  Now, he says he’s “back in the middle of the boat, instead of hanging on for dear life in the last life boat” and he’s back on tour with Black Country Communion.  Written with Joel McIver, Hughes looks back at his chaotic life with humor and honesty. Pre-order Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography





Nile Rodgers helped define an era of music.  But, his personal story is what will amaze readers.  To say his life was”eclectic” is an understatement.  Most know the endless list of people Rodgers has worked with including Madonna, Jagger and  Diana Ross, but the people who shaped his personal life turn out to be the page-turners here. Out on October 18th, Pre-order Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny






Butch Walker is an amazing singer, songwriter, musician and producer.  He has made his career look easy, but it has been an epic “battle royale” at times.  Walker dispenses wisdom to those who might fall prey to the pitfalls of the music industry and  names names when it comes to the bad guys.  Matt Diehl co-authors. Out on the 25th, Pre-order Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt

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: Alex Call “867-5309 Jenny: The Song That Saved Me”

Posted by on Aug.16, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

You may not know the name of your Senator or remember much from geometry class, but if we asked you “What’s Jenny’s phone number?, you’d know it.  Alex Call, is the guy who wrote that song and while Tommy Tutone may have been a one-hit wonder, Alex is not.

In his new book, “867-5309 Jenny: The Song That Saved Me“, Alex takes us on a literal rollercoaster career ride: First, there’s his work with Clover (whose members included Huey Lewis, Sean Hopper and John McFee of the Doobie Brothers), working with a very young producer named Mutt Lange, and backing up Elvis Costello on his first album, “My Aim Is True”.  They never reached their maximum potential in the States, but many artists revered their albums.  Then, he recounts personal struggles with depression and alcohol, plaguing him throughout much of his career, though not documented in a self-pitying way.  Finally, he discusses the highs and lows of being a songwriter,explaining how he went from writing “Jenny” to laboring in dirt and cobwebs under a former bandmates house, to the soaring success of having a hit record and being signed by Clive Davis…to losing it all again.

A prolific writer, Alex has written over twenty books and has also written or co-written the hit songs “Little Too Late” for Pat Benatar, “Perfect World” and “Power of Love” for Huey Lewis and The News and more.

This interview explores those early days of Clover, the true story of the inspiration for the song “897-5309 Jenny,” and what Alex thinks the real title of the book should have been.

Buy the book. Visit Alex’s YouTube channel.  Follow Alex on Twitter.  Read Alex’s WordPress blog here.  Like him on Facebook.  Find out more about the Barnes and Noble book/concert tour on the book’s website.

Below the video, we’ve included the original demo for “867-5309″ (which Alex recently discovered on a cassette tape in a garbage bag!).  It’s worth a listen.

Rock Book Show Interview–Sean Yseult “I’m In The Band: Backstage Notes From The Chick In White Zombie”

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

Sean Yseult is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She also played bass and wrote music in White Zombie from 1985-1996.  Formed in NYC while students as Parsons, Sean became the only woman in metal at the time.

Luckily,  Sean has been documenting her life in life, saving many momentos along the way. Her incredible journey has been put together in this book… part memoir, part scrapbook  and part backstage pass.

In this interview we talk about her early life as a “baby belle”, touring the world on a shoestring and then as a superstar, her special bond with Dimebag Darrell (including information on a previously unreleased song they did together late one night), and two guys that changed her life forever…Beavis and Butthead.

Find Sean on Facebook here. Check out her website and learn more about Rock City Morgue here and find Star & Dagger here.(Look for a Star & Dagger record this Fall)  You can also buy some of Sean’s gorgeous designs  here.    And special thanks to City Winery for providing our stunning location.

Buy the book.