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Eric Burdon Book Planned For Later This Year

Posted by on Apr.09, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

Eric Burdon plays the Paste Magazine party at SXSW 2013.  Photo by Extrawack

Eric Burdon plays the Paste Magazine party at SXSW 2013. Photo by Extrawack

After showing the kids how it’s done at SXSW, the legendary Eric Burdon announced plans to write his book, Breathless, which will be out later this year.

Here’s the press release with details:

Los Angeles, CA-March 26, 2013 – In a year of a creative renaissance, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Eric Burdon, has just announced a joint book deal with Alfred Music and ABKCO Music and Records.

Eric Burdon is best known as frontman of the legendary British Invasion-era rock band, the Animals and the ground-breaking, multi-ethnic rhythm and blues band, War. Burdon is enjoying one of the biggest years yet in his influential 50-year career. On the heels of a break-out performance at SXSW, the release of two new records, including the critically-acclaimed new album, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry, Burdon’s book, titled, Breathless, is slated for publication late this year.

Burdon adds, “I live my life, Breathless…A life of constant motion and excitement. A life that many will envy and most would avoid!” said Burdon. “I’m extremely fortunate, at age 71, to look back on my life and write down some of the incredible things that have happened to me. In the day-to-day life of a traveling musician, it’s easy to miss so many details. The world goes by at high-speed; it will take your breath away. People we’ve encountered at pivotal moments who profoundly influence our direction are not necessarily the people whose names everybody knows. More often, they are the people who say or do just the right thing, at the right time. I’m writing this book to help myself remember the past, acknowledge the present and help the new generation to discover their own truth…I am writing this book for all of you who helped me discover who I am today.”

Burdon’s distinctly soulful voice, powerful lyrics and musical choices are often credited for shaping the landscape and history of rock and roll over the course of the last few decades, with timeless hits including “It’s My Life,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” “When I Was Young,” and “Spill The Wine,” among many others, causing some of rock’s most articulate voices, from Bruce Springsteen to Patti Smith and Iggy Pop, to cite his strong influence upon their work.

Earlier this year Eric released ‘Til Your River Runs Dry which has been heralded as his most personal album to date. It has been met with critical acclaim worldwide and is making an impact on AAA radio. Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” Eric Burdon has long been a groundbreaker while maintaining a commanding presence in music with the Animals, with WAR and, simply, as Eric Burdon.

Breathless is presently being written and developed by Eric with the support of his music publishing company and record label ABKCO, the longstanding independent that also represents the catalogs of such legendary artists as Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, The Kinks, The Animals and many more.

“Eric Burdon is such an important voice in history, musically and lyrically,” said Alfred CEO Ron Manus, who is working personally on the project. “What I find the most interesting in listening to him speak is his choice of words. They are very deliberate, very mesmerizing.”

“ABKCO always looks to extend the reach and range of our artists into various media. We are proud to present Eric Burdon’s Breathless as our first audio book concurrent with the release of Alfred Music’s printed version. Over the years ABKCO has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Alfred and they were our first choice with this project” adds ABKCO Senior Executive Vice President Alisa Coleman.

“The stories he tells are so thought out and appropriate,” said Manus. “It’s not just his voice. It’s his inner voice and the tone of his language… that’s what we are so excited to capture in this book. We are looking forward to hearing Eric’s stories, as only he can tell them, and want to use our 90-plus years of publishing experience to help him fulfill his vision in the best way possible.”
Though traditionally a music education publisher, Alfred has developed a growing roster of memoir-style texts. “Alfred has a mission to help people experience the joy of making music and this is just an extension of that, through the voices of these important figures in music,” said Manus.

Hallelujah. The Holy Or The Broken Book Interview With Alan Light

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

Acclaimed music journalist and author Alan Light (who earlier this year co-wrote Gregg Allman’s memoir My Cross To Bear) chronicles the path of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” in The Holy or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”.  While the song has achieved great success and seems commonplace now, it almost never got recorded.  “Hallelujah” took Cohen 7-8 years to write.  There were originally 70-80 verses and it appeared on an album that went unreleased by Cohen’s label at the time, Columbia. 

Light traces the many incarnations of the song and the diverse artists who sang them, including Renee Fleming, Willie Nelson, k.d. Lang, and of course Buckley, who discovered the song through the John Cale version that was on the album “I’m Your Fan”.  
In this interview we talk about the curious and complex history of “Hallelujah”, what makes the song so enduring, and why Bono apologizes for his own version.

Buy The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”

Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Pete Townsend And John Taylor Battle For Fall Memoir Crown

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


Since the success of Keith Richards’s My Life and Patti Smith’s Just Kids, publishers have been clamoring for the next best-selling rock memoir, and with the potential for a big bucks payday, more artists than ever are willing to share their story.

This weekend the New York Times published a fantastic article titled “Warts and All In New Pop Memoirs” that further explains the phenomenon, and cited memoirs by Gregg Allman, Tony Iommi and Carole King as recent examples.

When the much anticipated memoirs of Neil YoungRod StewartPete Townsend and John Taylor of Duran Duran all hit stores within weeks of each other this fall, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top and how they’ll get there; by spilling long untold secrets, rewriting their own history, or a compelling combination of both.

Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion) Songs In A Smokable Book

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


In case you missed it,  Snoop Dogg Lion has “written” a smokable book called Rolling Words. Genius right?

We’re impressed by the attention to detail that has been put into a book that’s meant to be burned. The books’ cover, binding, and internal lining are all made from hemp seed paper and the spine of the book is a match striking surface. The pages are actual rolling papers (perforated and easy to detach) with Snoop’s handwritten song lyrics on them – printed in non-toxic ink of course.

The book was designed by the Pereira & O’Dell agency and created in order to serve as a promotional tool for Snoop’s rolling papers, Snoop Dogg’s Kingsize Slim Rolling Papers.  Nick Adler, Strategic Brand Director of Stampede Management, said “Honestly, we were kind of blown away.  It’s a fantastic brand extension for us, and totally captures the vibe and spirit of Snoop and our platform.   While the book is currently for elite distribution, a limited edition book is being discussed for release online.”

Honestly, we’re blown away too.  Your move Willie Nelson!

News Round Up: Zakk Wylde, Fleetwood Mac, Kristin Hersh, Buzzy Martin and T.M Wolf

Posted by on Apr.27, 2012, under News No Comments

Next week, we’ll finally see the release of  Zakk Wylde‘s book Bringing Metal To The Children: The Berzerkers Guide To Complete World Tour Domination. The book is getting great early buzz and Zakk will be a guest on our show in the near future. Pre-order Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide to World Tour Domination

Fleetwood Mac fans will want to grab Ken Caillat’s new book, Making Rumors: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album. All the fascinating, behind-the-scenes scoop is here as well as some surprises. Buy Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album

Two of our former guests, Kristin Hersh and Buzzy Martin are getting the movie treatment for their books.  Kristin’s Rat Girl is in the development stage and Buzzy’s book Don’t Shoot! I’m The Guitar Man is in production now with a release date scheduled for next year.  Check out more on Buzzy’s movie here and check out  Don’t Shoot! I’m the Guitar Man and Rat Girl: A Memoir in print before they hit the big screen.

Finally, we recently received a copy of Sound: A Novel by T.M. Wolf (out May 1st) and we are so glad this one found us. Sound is most likely the first novel to be written on a composer’s notebook of blank staff paper, a very cool concept that works. Order Sound: A Novel

News Round Up– Radiohead, Ticket Masters, Kirshner and Lauper

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

Yesterday, we interviewed Mac Randall, who has updated his classic book “Exit Music: The Radiohead Story”.  Look for that interview next week.

Coming out April 24th is the paperback release of the phenomenal “Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped”.  Josh Baron, one of the co- authors, will be a guest on our show in the next few weeks.

Did you love Paul Shaffers’ impersonation of Don Kirshner back in the day on SNL? For a certain generation, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert was “must-see tv” (although those in the “Midnight Special” camp may disagree).  “Don Kirshner – The Man with the Golden Ear: How He Changed the Face of Rock and Roll” by Rich Podolsky looks beyond the groundbreaking show and how Kirshner influenced the music scene for years.

Cyndi Lauper announced this week the release of her memoir, “Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir”. Lauper says about the book, “Sometimes I come off good, sometimes not so good. But I never wanted this book to be anything but my truth. It’s not about what people think of me, but what I learned along the way. And if telling the story of what I went through can help someone else, then it’s worth it.”  Look for the book this fall.

Cyndi Lauper To Release Memoir This Fall

Posted by on Apr.11, 2012, under News No Comments

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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 .

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!