Tag: rock and roll

Dick Wagner Talks Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and more in new book

Posted by on Apr.24, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments


Dick Wagner Book Cover


Not Only Women Bleed by Dick Wagner is a great rock memoir – funny, poignant, and full of great stories from an impressive career.  Wagner takes the reader through his early days in Detroit and rising to the top of that music scene, touring with Lou Reed, and then Alice Cooper with whom he wrote some of Cooper’s biggest hits (including “Welcome To My Nightmare” and “Only Women Bleed”). Wagner also got to produce his hero Little Richard, and that recording session devolved into something so crazy, it’s one of the funniest stories in the book. And there are plenty more stories where that came from. Wagner fans will also love all the little known stories and tidbits, including details on the time he auditioned to be the lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears.

One more reason this autobiography really works is the style of the book. It’s set up in a series of vignettes which makes it extremely readable and enjoyable.  More rock memoirs could benefit from using this style, just sayin’…

In this interview, which like Wagner’s book is a series of vignettes, we talk about working with Little Richard, writing “Welcome To My Nightmare” on the beach with Alice Cooper (of which there’s a performance with that piece of the interview) and working with Lou Reed and Steve Hunter.  There’s also talk of a possible film version of Wagner’s life, which after reading the book, would be likely be wonderful.

Buy Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician [With 2 CDs]. Visit Dick’s website (where you can also read an excerpt from the book). Find Dick on Facebook.

Weekend Reads: Beth Ditto, Devo And Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order)

Posted by on Oct.26, 2012, under News No Comments


-We let you know about Peter Hook’s new book Unknown Pleasures- Inside Joy Division awhile back and now Peter has put out a top ten list of his favorite albums, including one of his own.

-Take a peek at the new memoir of Beth Ditto of The Gossip, Coal to Diamonds.

-Devo, by way of Amusedom, has put out Ruby Ray’s Punk Passage 1977-1981 book full of iconic black and white photographs.

-And just because, here’s a look at some ridiculous/awesome rock and roll birthday cakes.

Scott Stapp Talks About His New Book “Sinners Creed”

Posted by on Oct.09, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed, tells his story in his new book Sinner’s Creed.  The book opens with a botched suicide attempt story that includes…wait for it…rapper T. I..  It’s a tale so unbelievably bizarre that if Hollywood had written it, you’d never buy it, and Stapp deserves props for including it here.  The book is (pardon the cliches) a warts-and-all soul-baring tome  that is both compelling and touching.  Stapp, perhaps at this point known as much for his public meltdowns as his zillions-selling hit singles and tours doesn’t seem to be asking for our forgiveness in this book, but rather for our understanding.  He knows he’s flawed and has failed himself, his family, and his followers hugely, but he’s moving on.  Just as he’s faced his demons, he’s also faced how to finally reconcile his love of God and rock and roll and celebrate them both.

Buy Sinner’s Creed and receive a free song dowload for a limited time when you buy the book. Follow Scott on Twitter. Find Scott on Facebook

In this interview, we talk about the process of writing the book, coming to grips with his depression (which he discusses for the first time in the book), and the joy of singing with the kids of PS 22.

New Book Rock ‘N Roll Myths Takes On Rocks Greatest Urban Legends

Posted by on Oct.04, 2012, under News No Comments

Heard the one about Rod Stewart’s stomach being pumped?

Was Brian Jones’ death an accident or murder?

Did Jimi Hendrix really put LSD in his headband?

And what was the deal with Led Zeppelin, a shark, and that groupie in Seattle?

The new book Rock ‘N Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind The Most Famous Legends addresses more than 50 of rock’s greatest myths and enduring lies.  In the capable hands of music journalists Gary Graff and Daniel Durcholz, rumors are put to rest and urban legends are debunked all in good fun.

Check Out Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends

News Round Up: Cyndi Lauper, Sebastian Bach, New York Rocker, Waterboys, Rudy Sarzo

Posted by on Aug.28, 2012, under News No Comments

Just received an advance copy of Cyndi Lauper’s new book here at Rock Book Show HQ.  It’ll be out September 18th. Pre-order here.  Co-written with Jancee Dunn, this should be a good one.

If you liked Zen and the Art of Mixing, you might like Zen and the Art of Producing.

Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake) will be our guest next week. If you haven’t read his book Off The Rails, check it out here.

Mike Scott of The Waterboys has had great success with his book in the UK and it’s now available here.

Sebastian Bach, Super Tweeter and occasional Twitter book reviewer (he recently gave 5 out of 5 stars to Henry Rollins’ Get In The Van) tweeted over the weekend that if he wrote a book, it would be insane. Yes it would! Please write one, Sebastian!

Also in the other books-we’d-like-to-see-written category, we’d love to see someone chronicle the history of The New York Rocker.  It seems anyone referencing the original NYC New Wave/Post-Punk scene points to the NYR as the bible of that era.  

Heart Goes “Kicking And Dreaming” In Their New Book This Zeptember

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


Female rock bios don’t always have the same “oomph” as the ones from the guys.  They often seem a bit tame or trying too hard to prove themselves as reckless and raunchy as their male counterparts.  If there were two ladies who’s story will play as well as the guys, it’s the sisters Wilson. They don’t have to be overtly anything to sell books. They were trailblazers.  Women who found their way around Rock without any blueprint to follow.

You can preview the book here. Pre-order here and see some early book singing dates here.

Weekend Reads: James Brown And “The First Time I Heard” Series

Posted by on Aug.17, 2012, under News No Comments

The dog days of Summer are making us lazy.  But, before we leave for the beach here’s two books we’d take:

The One: The Life and Music of James Brown. Beautifully written and researched but never dry and boring, RJ Smith reveals the many facets of the master showman. Don’t miss the “Weekend At Bernie’s”- like story involving Al Sharpton, a van and a deceased James Brown.

–Anything from The First Time I Heard series of books.  These are first hand accounts from interesting people in and around the music artists’ world describing the exact moment when they first heard iconic albums from bands like The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division, Kate Bush, David Bowie and more.

And for your listening pleasure, Good Old War got major props for their performance on Kimmel this week.  Here’s a clip from the show.

Iconic New York Radio DJ Carol Miller Releases Tell-All Memoir

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


Many men (and women) have fallen in love with the sultry voice of famed New York rock DJ, Carol Miller, best known for her evening shows on the legendary WPLJ. Now Carol tells her story in her new book Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio out August  28th.  Sure Bruce, Mick and Sir Paul are all in there, but its her affair with Steven Tyler where she really dishes.

Read an excerpt here. Listen to Carol’s syndicated show “Get The Led Out”.  Pre-Order Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio

News Round Up: Weekend Reads, Summer Book List From Duff And More Jagger

Posted by on Jul.13, 2012, under News No Comments

-Looking for something different to read this weekend ? We’re loving The Chitlin’ Circuit: And the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll. Named an NPR best music book of the year last year and now out in paperback.

-Our former guest Duff McKagan (check out our interview),  just put out his summer reading list in Seattle Weekly.   Funny, The Great Gatsby was on our list too. (True story!)–

-It seems there’s a new Mick Jagger book every summer, but they’re always great.  Last year we had Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue from Marc Spitz (see our interview) and now there’s Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger from Christopher Andersen. Did Jagger and Clapton really have an affair? Who cares! We’re way more intrigued by the Geraldo Rivera/Nureyev/Jagger sandwich.

-The fabulous Freddie Mercury is shown some love in the fantastic Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury from Lesley-Ann Jones.

-And finally, if you’re in NYC or planning to visit soon, the new issue ofTime Out New York has a new great walk series including, a Punk Rock walk.  It’s only a mile and it ends at Manitoba’s. Of course you could combine this with another thing on our list– Imagine reading The Great Gatsby while enjoying a chilly cheap beer at Manitoba’s.  Now that’s how you do the classics!




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.