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Interview: Marc Dolan “Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock and Roll”

Posted by on Jun.20, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Recently David Langness of Paste Magazine wrote–“to write a rock biography takes guts or great naiveté”. Marc Dolan, author of Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock and Roll, says it took both to complete his new biography of a man that has been written about many times before. Perhaps the best way to understand Springsteen is through his music, and that is the heart of Dolan’s book.

While Dolan may look professorial (and he is a professor at John Jay College), don’t let the tie fool you! In this interview we talk about how Ronald Reagan changed Bruce’s political voice forever, which one of The Ramones was offered “Hungry Heart”, and how Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” influenced “Born In The U.S.A.”

Buy Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Follow Marc on Twitter. Check out Dolan at a reading, where he has been known to break into song if the passage calls for it. What could be more rock and roll than that?

New Interview: RJ Smith – “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown”

Posted by on Mar.28, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

RJ Smith is receiving raves for his new biography of James Brown, “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown”.  Expertly researched for four years, Smith reveals new details of Brown’s life and deftly balances the ugly side of Brown (batterer, hair-trigger temper and drug abuser) with the musical genius that deserves its place in history.

Readers will also be surprised at how politically active Brown was, both for the benefit of others, or occasionally for selfish reasons (like currying favor for his ongoing tax problems).

In this interview, we talk about Brown and Little Richard’s friendship, what his legacy brings to the current state of music, and Smith explains the significance of the title “The One”.

We also talk about these fascinating videos of Brown with Michael Jackson at the BET awards and this video with Prince, Jackson and Brown where Prince tries to steal the spotlight and the scenery.

Buy The One: The Life and Music of James Brown


Rock Book Show Interview: Emek “The Thinking Man’s Poster Artist: Collected Works Of Aaarght!”

Posted by on Jul.01, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments


Musicians aren’t the only artists involved in concerts.  Ever see an amazing gig poster for  The Decemberists, Deadmaus, Erykah Badu or Foo Fighters? Chances are, it was created by Emek. Though he works primarily in silkscreen, Emek has now upped his game by including laser cutting and embossing.  He’s even put his pieces onto sheets of copper.  He’s not just creating a poster, he’s creating a collectible work of art.

You may see some influence from poster art of the Sixties in Emek’s work, but as he says, “i’m not just the hippie guy”, and it’s obvious in the eclectic range of his work collected in this book.

Our interview also gives you a tour of some of his genre-spanning work from Bootsy Collins to Tool to Queens of The Stone Age, as well as some of his political posters which provide Emek with another platform to express his beliefs.  As he says, he is “trying to take something that has an expiration date printed right on it and give it some permenance”, and he has.  Another thing to love about Emek, is that most of his work is very affordable, so we can all own it.

Check out more of Emek’s work on his website and follow him on twitter.  And if you get the chance to meet him at a signing, don’t miss it!

Rock Book Show Interview: Dorian Lynskey “33 Revolutions Per Minute, A History Of Protest Songs From Billie Holiday To Green Day”

Posted by on May.18, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments


Music writer and first-time author Dorian Lynskey joined Kimberly via Skype to talk about his new book, “33 Revolutions Per Minute, A History Of Protest Songs From Billie Holiday to Green Day”. The book begins in 1939 with Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and looks at the history of protest songs through today. But, as Dorian laments, the internet has changed things and perhaps this book may serve as a eulogy for the genre. To paraphrase a quote from Neil Young in the book, “are today’s artists apathetic, or does the audience not care?”. Purchase 33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day