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Rayya Elias: The Harley Loco Book Interview

Posted by on May.15, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

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Harley Loco came out last year and is now available in paperback from Viking/Penguin.  Roundly praised for the raw, unfiltered voice of first time author Rayya Elias, Elias doesn’t just tell you about her world, she lets you inside it.  

The story of a young girl from Syria immigrating to Detroit, who taught herself about music, started doing drugs, moved to New York City in her 20’s, cut hair, did more drugs, went to prison, died three times and ultimately redeemed herself has plenty to draw in the reader. But, there is something else living in the pages  That intagible factor that makes you relate to Elias even if you’ve never come near any of her experiences.

In this interview, we talk about how writing a book with the encouragement of best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert doesn’t suck, how to survive robbing a Colombian drug lord, how she learned English from an iconic soap star and so much more.

Buy Harley Loco. Find Rayya on Twitter and Facebook. Visit her website. Get Rayya’s music on ITunes.

Rock Book Show News!

Posted by on Jun.12, 2013, under Current Shows, News No Comments

It’s our first episode with new releases, book news and Father’s Day ideas.

10 Rock Books To Put On Your Radar

Posted by on Jan.22, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

Rock Book News: Rihanna Loves Bolton On Instagram, Satan Is Real, And More

Posted by on Jan.08, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

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In case you missed this one last year, Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers is just out in paperback. It’s also our winner for best book cover of 2012.

Michael Bolton’s memoir The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life is out next week. Recently, Rihanna gave him some love on her infamous instagram account. So what if she spelled his name wrong in the hashtag. She’s Rihanna!

What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal from Laina Dawes is at the top of our reading list right now.

John Holmstrom editor of the amazing Punk: The Best of Punk Magazine will be in Brooklyn at Powerhouse arena January 13th.

Do we really have to wait until April for Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in America’s Loudest City? Until then, check out their Facebook page for your daily dose of all things Detroit.

Punk, “Punk” And A Happy New Year!

Posted by on Dec.21, 2012, under News No Comments

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We’re about to take off for the holidays, but we want to wish you all peace, glad tidings and happy new year before we do.  Also, here’s a little bit of news before we go.

– This week, Patti Smith announced she will be writing a sequel to Just Kids.

-It’s the 25th anniversary of Green Day and the complete history of the band is bound in this cool new book  Green Day: The Ultimate Unauthorized History.

– 2012 goes out with a bang in the form of the ridiculously incredible Punk: The Best Of Punk Magazine.  Here’s what Vanity Fair had to say. There’s lots more on Punk Rock Magazine’s website here.

See you in 2013!!

Nikki Sixx’s Heroin Diaries Book To Broadway And More Book News

Posted by on Nov.19, 2012, under News No Comments

-In the “Is This An Onion Headline?” category- Nikki Sixx announced that his Heroin Diaries book will be adapted for Broadway.

- Peter Wrench submitted a proposal for a Van Morrison book to 33 1/3 books that was rejected, but he went ahead and wrote it anyway. Very cool of 33 1/3 to let us know. Check it out here.

-Congratulations to Kristin Hersh who announced this week via twitter that there will be new printings of Rat Girl and Paradoxical Undressing. See Kristin talk to us about the books.

-Out December 4th, Alan Light will dissect Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in a new book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”

-One hundred cultural icons including musicians Patti Smith, Thurston Moore and Roseanne Cash contributed to the new book My Ideal Bookshelf .

Richard Hell will be publishing his memoir I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp next March and it’s now available for pre-order. Also,  33 1/3 books will be publishing  a look at Richard Hell and The Voidoid’s Blank Generation from Peter Astor.  Here’s an interview with Astor.

News Roundup: The Pete Townshend Book Is Out!

Posted by on Oct.08, 2012, under News No Comments

-Today is the official release day for Pete Townshend’s book Who I Am. Pete will be signing his book over the next few weeks at various locations. Here’s a list.

-Just out in paperback is Susan Masino’s fun and fascinating look at the three generations of Hank Williams’s. Check out our interview with Susan.

-Butch Walker, singer/songwriter/producer/artist/author/bon vivant has a new documentary out, kind of. It’s making the rounds of the festival circuit right now and will be available to everyone soon.  Here’s a look at the trailer.

-Coming in November, a little treat in book form from Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman called Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From The Road.

– Don’t miss these recent book releases: Motorhead-Live To Win by their official biographer Alan Burridge and Punk: An Aesthetic from Jon Savage , William Gibson,and  Linder Sterling.

News Round Up: Signings, Readings and Rogers

Posted by on Oct.01, 2012, under News No Comments

-Insight Editions will release Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender on October 16th and it’s amazing.

-Betty LaVette’s A Woman Like Me is out now and it’s one wild ride.

- Mike Scott has added more readings after his first few dates sold out in NYC.

-Sean Yseult’s new band Star and Dagger wil have their official video release and listening party on October 8th in NYC and Sean will be signing her book I’m In The Band.

- Kenny Rogers’ Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir is out tomorrow.

- Legs McNeil is on the road reading from his new book and Please Kill Me.

-Kirk Hammett will be signing his book at New York Comic Con and The Chiller in New Jersey this month.


Final Summer Best Weekend Reads Are Some Classics

Posted by on Aug.31, 2012, under News No Comments

For the final summer weekend reads list, we wanted to highlight a few classics.

Get In The Van: On The Road With Black Flag by Henry Rollins.

The Dirt from Motley Crue.  Fifty Shades of Grey? Please.

Neon Angel: A Memoir Of A Runway from Cherrie Currie.

Head-On from Julian Cope.

Rip It Up And Start Again- Postpunk 197-1984 by Simon Reynolds.


And finally, yes, there is an Iggy Pop bobble head for sale.