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Scott Ian /Anthrax Memoir And Heavy Metal Movies — Books Coming Soon!

Posted by on Apr.02, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments


scott ian book I'm The Man

Scott Ian of Anthrax has finally put together his memoirs. Set for September release from Da Capo Press, I’m The Man: The Official Story of Anthrax will look at Ian’s dysfunctional home life and his escape through the turbulent world of heavy metal. It also chronicles the complete history of Anthrax.   Ian got an assist from co-author Jon Weiderhorn who always does a great job of helping musicians find their literary voice. 

Weiderhorn co-wrote the excellent Louder Than Hell with Kathryn Turman, and they will  celebrate the release of the paperback version at Book Soup in L.A. in May with a special appearance from Ian. 

heavy metal movies Mike McPadden

The fine folks from Bazillion Points Books  have us all pumped up to read HEAVY METAL MOVIES: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear and Eye-Ripping Big-Scream Films Ever!, by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden. Lavishly illustrated, gruesomely executed, and featuring well over 1000 of the most intense and headbanging movies ever produced, HEAVY METAL MOVIES is the ultimate guidebook to the complete molten musical cinema experience.

The book is now available for pre-order and will ship out in May. It includes some of the best pre-order swag ever– a bonus fabric patch and artisan barf bag! An ARTISAN BARF BAG!

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.

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

satan-is-real book cover louvin brothers

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.

Complete List Of John Taylor Book Signings For October

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



John Taylor Book Signing
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 12:30pm
Venue: Barnes and Noble
Location: 160 E 54th Street, New York, NY
Price: Free with book purchase
More information available here.

John Taylor with Glenda Bailey: In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran – Reading & Signing
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:30 pm
Venue: 92YTribeca Mainstage
Location: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St, New York, NY
Price: from $15.00
More information on ticket purchase, click here

John Taylor Book Signing
Date: Thursday, October 18, 6:00pm
Venue: Bookends Bookstore
Location: 211 East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ
Price: Free with book purchase
Bookends Website

John Taylor at Bass Guitar LIVE!

Date: October 21, 12:45pm
Venue: SIR Studios, Los Angeles
Location: 6465 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028
Price: Please visit this link to see pricing for this event
All attendees must register – there are one day ($35) & two day passes ($55) available, as well as concert tickets ($30). Duran Duran fans can use the 25% discount code FANBASS (which works for Clinics & Exhibits only)
***Please note, each clinic room can only accommodate a certain number of people – so it first come, first serve. In the past, there has been no issues, but of course, fans could always meet with him at the signing booth.

John Taylor with Tom Sykes: In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran – Reading & Signing sponsored by Book Soup
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7:00 pm
Venue: Cinespace sponsored by Book Soup
Location: 6356 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 900278
Price: $15.00
More information on ticket purchase: click here

OR call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or email@booksoup.com

John Taylor : In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran – Reading & Signing
Date: Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm
Venue: San Francisco Art Institute
Location: 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA
Price: $12 in advance, $15 day of
Click here for ticketing information

John Taylor : In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran – Reading & Signing
Date: Friday, October 26, 6:30pm
Venue: The Scottish Rite Theater
Location: 207 West 18th Street Austin, TX
Price: $10
Click here for ticketing information

John Taylor : In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran – Reading & Signing
Date: Monday, October 29, 7pm
Venue: Indigo Bookstore
Location: Manulife Centre at Bay and Bloor, Toronto, ONT
Price: Free with book purchase
Indigo Bookstore website

John Taylor : In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran – Reading & Signing
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 5:30pm
Venue: City Winery Chicago
Locations: 1200 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
City Winery Website

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.


Mike Scott of The Waterboys Talks About “Adventures Of A Waterboy”

Posted by on Sep.18, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

One of our favorite memoirs of this year, Mike Scott’s “Adventures of a Waterboy”, has just received it’s US release after being available in Europe for a few months.  Known since the mid ’80’s as one of the better songwriters on the globe, Edinburgh-born Scott tells the remarkable story of his first trip down to London at 17, where a kind Patti Smith arranges for a room and an evening out with her legendary band. About the same time, he also has a close encounter with Bob Dylan, and from there the reader is treated to a luxuriously-related guide to the formation, rise, and eventual fall of The Waterboys, his ever-evolving Celtic roots-rock band credited with pioneering the “Big Music” sound that greatly influenced iconic bands like U2, Simple Minds, and Hothouse Flowers, and can be heard today in the sound of The Decemberists, Dawes, The Head and the Heart, and many others.

In this interview with Rock Book Show, Scott talks about why he needed to share his story, the songwriting process (including insight into creating the hit “The Whole of the Moon”), why New York City is important to him, and gives some scoop about an American performance of “An Appointment With Mr Yeats“, his evening of W.B. Yeats poetry set to original music that won rave reviews from music fans and literature buffs alike when performed in Yeats’ own theatre in Dublin in 2010.

Buy Adventures of a Waterboy. Follow Mike on Twitter.  Find Mike on Facebook and get updates on where Mike will be reading from Adventures of A Waterboy.

News Round Up: Brooklyn Book Festival, The Smiths And More

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


-The Brooklyn Book Festival starts this week and ends on Sunday September 23rd.

-Is there more to life than Smiths books?

-William Morrow releases Kenny Rogers bio Luck or Something LIke It  on October 2nd. Here are more details and an exclusive excerpt.

-Out tomorrow,  author Alex Woodward has brought together bands like Nickel Creek, Switchfoot and New Found Glory to collaborate on For The Sender: Four Letters, Twelve Stories, One Song. This may be the first ever book, album and concert event collaboration.  Read more about the letters and lyrics and see song clips, and videos about each letter on the project’s website.

Rocker Michael Bolton Gets In The Memoir Mix

Posted by on Aug.30, 2012, under News No Comments

For those that don’t know, Michael Bolton started as a rocker, playing in a band called “Blackjack” with Bruce Kulick from KISS.

In his new book The Soul Of It All (no cover photo available yet) out November 13th, Bolton will recount his rock years, babysitting Paula Abdul and so much more.

New Randy Rhoads Photo Book And Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust

Posted by on Aug.29, 2012, under News No Comments

In Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off-the-record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton, and so much more, producer/engineer Ken Scott takes readers on a behind-the-soundboard  journey of his vast production work with artists like The Beatles, The Tubes, and Pink Floyd, and his management of ’80’s group Missing Persons. There’s a great review of the book here.


There’s an incredible new Randy Rhoads book available directly from Velocity Books. With over 400 photos and stories, you can read more about the book and enter to win a guitar here.