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What You Want Is In The Limo In 1973 With Led Zeppelin, The Who, And Alice Cooper: Interview

Posted by on Jul.31, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments


What You Want Is In The Limo Book Cover

Forty years have passed since 1973, but it remains one of the most fascinating years in rock history. The list of bands on tour that year is astonishing, CBGB’s and The Roxy opened, and rock and roll excess became the norm.

Author Michael Walker dissects the seminal rock and roll year of 1973.  Using the record-breaking tours of The Who, Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin as a jumping-off point, Walker talks us backstage, in the limo, and everywhere in between.  This book gives incredible insight into how some of the most famous bands rolled back in the day.

In this interview we talk about why the 60’s didn’t have the infrastructure to handle the giant tours of the 70’s, how the backstage pass was born, and what unexpected turns the biggest bands in music took after the year ended.

Buy What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born. Follow Michael on Twitter. See Michael’s author page on Random House.

Caryn Rose Talks About Raise Your Hand: Adventures Of An American Springsteen Fan In Europe

Posted by on Nov.13, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Caryn Rose, author of B-Sides And Broken Hearts, has a new book called Raise Your Hand: Adventures Of An American Springsteen Fan In Europe. Part travelogue, part concert review, and part travel guide, Rose lets us all experience 16 days, 5 cities and 7 shows of Bruce Springsteen’s 2012 European Wrecking Ball tour.

Rose has been a Springsteen fan since she was 11, and brings her unique perspective to the journey. Thanks to her, we are all in the pit seeing Bruce up close and personal, singing along with the fans in Prague, drinking with the punters in Dublin, and holding up signs with new friends from Norway.

In this interview we talk about how European fans view Springsteen differently than American fans, how to get the best seats at a European Bruce show, and what really happened when the plug was pulled on Bruce and Paul McCartney in Hyde Park.

Find Caryn on Facebook. Order the book.  See exclusive photos from the tour.  See exclusive videos from the shows. Follow Caryn on twitter.

News Roundup: New Books On Springsteen, Greil Marcus And A Killer Show

Posted by on Sep.24, 2012, under News No Comments

Some quick news to start to your week:

-Caryn Rose, author of B-Sides and Broken Hearts has a new book out, Raise Your Hand: Adventures Of An American Springsteen Fan In Europe.

-Our very first Rock Book Show interviewee Joe Bonomo also has a new book coming next week, Conversations With Greil Marcus.

-Author John Barylick has put together the first comprehensive look at the chain of events that led to the deaths of 100 people at the Great White concert at The Station in Rhode Island .  Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America’s Deadliest Rock Concert is out now.

- And finally, check out this great website devoted to showing how music can affect social change.

David Byrne’s New Book Out Today

Posted by on Sep.12, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

We’ll let Mr. Byrne tell you about it.

“I have a book about music coming out today. It’s called How Music Works, and that’s what it’s about. It will be available in a large squishy hardback, as an enhanced eBook, and a regular eBook.

Rather than doing readings or signings (though there will be signed books available), I have decided to do some events in various cities that focus on some of the topics I touch on in the book. To that end, I have invited others—who are in many cases more versed in those topics than I am—to join me at some truly lovely local venues. We will each talk a bit and then take some questions that relate to what we’ve been talking about. There will be music snippets played as examples, but no music performed—these are not concerts.

Below is a list of these events which include the co-speakers and event topics, in an attempt to give a clue as to what we’re aiming to focus on. Links for tickets are below as well. The co-presenters are a pretty varied and exciting lot. In some cases I will be tempted to be the one asking most of the questions, as I’m a fan of their work or writing. In some ways it’s a mini-TED-type-deal. We’ll keep our presentations short—that restricts itself to circling around music. ”

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David Byrne in Conversation with

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Sept. 14


Steve Seel, founder of Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current

Delivering Music—How Technology Shapes What We Hear


Sept. 17


Bettina Richards, founder of indie label Thrill Jockey & Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune music critic

Stay Free!—How To Survive In The Indie World


Sept. 19


Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist, author, co-editor of Boing Boing

Wassup Internet?!—Music in the Digital Landscape


Sept. 22


Win Butler, musician (Arcade Fire)

I Am Standing On A Stage–Why Do We Do It?


Sept. 24


Steven Pinker, cognitive scientist, author

Are We Born Musical?


Sept. 28


Greg Milner, music, film, and technology writer

Delivering Music—How Technology Shapes What We Hear


Oct. 1


David Lowery, musician (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker), producer

Music and Copyright in the Digital Era


Oct. 14

Los Angeles

Trent Reznor, musician (Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels) and Oscar-winning film composer & Josh Kun, author and professor

Going It Alone: Music, Marketing and the Web


Oct. 16

San Francisco

Bernie Krause, author, electronic musician, and soundscape pioneer

What You Hear is What You Are


Oct. 19


Carrie Brownstein, musician (Sleater-Kinney), writer, and actress.

Acting Out—Why Perform?



Rudy Sarzo Talks Being Off The Rails With Randy Rhoads And Ozzy

Posted by on Sep.04, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Rudy Sarzo and Randy Rhoads shared a unique musical kinship–they both played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne, but most importantly they shared a friendship. Rudy’s book Off The Rails was written to tell Randy’s story; from local musician to global superstar and the truth about the crash that took his life.

Sarzo speaks with honesty in the book, which was written from journals he kept during the “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman” tours.

In this interview, we talk about Randy’s legacy, what really happened the day of that tragic plane crash that took Randy’s life and Rudy’s new band Animetal USA

Buy Off The Rails (autographed copies available). Follow Rudy on Twitter. Find him on Facebook, Visit his website.

“Unknown Pleasure- Inside Joy Division” By Peter Hook Out In UK In October

Posted by on Aug.22, 2012, under News No Comments

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Here’s all the scoop direct from Hooky’s website:

The definitive story of Joy Division told by the band’s legendary bassist, PETER HOOK.

“In the frank, upfront and indelibly personal style that saw his debut book The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club reach widespread and international acclaim, Peter ‘Hooky’ Hook tells the inside story of Joy Division for the first time, howtheir sound came to define an era and also inspire the post punk generation, underpinned by Hooky’s unique bass guitar melodies such as ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, “Transmission” and “New Dawn Fades”.

As with Hooky’s first book, Peter is to undertake a nationwide signing and event tour to coincide with publication, taking in England, Scotland and for the first time also visiting Ireland with the book. Starting on publication date Monday 1st October, Hooky’s signing tour takes in Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin with London, Liverpool, Dublin and Edinburgh, all featuring Q&A sessions along with Hooky meeting fans and signing copies.

As well as the in-store appearances, Peter will also be interviewed and appear at a string of literary festivals in October to support the publication of “Unknown Pleasures” in October appearing at Ilkley Literature Festival (Fri ­­­­­­­­­5th Oct), Morley Literature Festival (Sat 6th  Oct), Off The Shelf Literature Festival (Tues 16th Oct), and Chester (Weds 24th Oct) where Peter will also be signing copies.”

For more details about events related to the book, go here.  Here’s the official Facebook page

News Round Up: Miserabilist Genre, Thao and Mirah, and Telegraph Avenue All In New Rock Books

Posted by on Aug.20, 2012, under News No Comments


- This Will End In Tears is the mopers encyclopedia of melancholy.  This all-inclusive-spanning-all genres compendium goes beyond Emo, Mope-Rock and Morrissey to become the definitive reference for the “miserabilist” genre. 

- Telegraph Avenue was just named one of the 15 most anticipated books to read this Fall by Flavorpill.  They called it “another sweeping-but-specific American epic (think High Fidelity mixed with Middlemarch)”. Read more here

Thao And Mirah: On Tour And In Their Own Words– a peek at life on the road during their June tour of Japan and South Korea. The book is a very limited edition with a download code for a digital copy of their album and beautiful illustrations from Wendy MacNaughton

Interview: D.O.A.’s Joe Keithley “I, Shithead: A Life in Punk” “Talk-Action=0″

Posted by on Sep.28, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

Joe Keithley is the lead singer and a founding member of the influential Vancouver punk band, D.O.A.  He is also the author of two books, the autobiography “I Shithead, A Life in Punk” and “Talk-Action= 0:the illustrated history of D.O.A “.

Keithley’s first book “I Shithead” published in 2003, is on its third printing and remains wildly popular.  After the success of that book, he decided to put together a second book, “Talk-Action=Zero” which was released in June of this year.

In this interview, we talk about his books, what musicians influenced his activism (one might surprise you) and what it’s like to be named “The Most Influential British Columbian of All Time” (and have your own bobble head).

Buy I, Shithead: A Life in Punk. Buy Talk – Action = 0 (Talk Minus Action Equals Zero): An Illustrated History of D.O.A.. Find D.O.A on Facebook.  Find Joe on Twitter.  Follow Rock Book Show on Twitter.  Learn more about D.O.A and the bobble head.

Interview: Kristin Hersh “Rat Girl/Paradoxical Undressing”–Update

Posted by on Aug.24, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

We’ve been hearing a lot about Kristin Hersh’s European spoken word and performance tour (read a nice review of her performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival here), so we thought that would give us a chance to re-post this interview we did with her about her book “Rat Girl” (“Paradoxial Undressing” is based on the book and the European name of the book) in April.  Kristin will also be bringing her show to Bumbershoot for a very special performance in September.

You can follow Kristin on twitter here and on Facebook here.  (You really should.  Her musings are laugh out loud funny at times).  Also visit her website for all the scoop on 50FOOTWAVE, CASH Music, tour dates,Throwing Muses and more.  You can buy “Rat Girl” at a special price here.

Rock Book Show Interview: Bill See “33 Days”

Posted by on Jun.30, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

Hunter S. Thompson once said, “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench. A long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs.  There’s also a negative side.”

Author/Musician Bill See and his band “Divine Weeks” were a successful band in Los Angeles who decided to embark on their first tour in 1987.  Those thirty-three days in the van are recounted in “33 Days” from Bill’s personal diaries, but this isn’t a book about the history of the band.  It’s a coming of age story where the road proves a great teacher—it shows you who you are, your dreams and what you’ll hold true for the rest of your life.

The DIY spirit of bands like Black Flag and The Minutemen is alive in these guys, and they just want to see what the world holds for them.  When reading BIll’s book, you’ll be glad you hopped in the van and went along for the ride.

“Hey, We’re Divine Weeks and we’re from L.A., but don’t hold that against us”.

Hear and See Divine Weeks first music video for “In The Country (for Jim Carroll) which debuted on MTV’s 120 MInutes in 1987.

Check out the official website hereBuy 33 Days as a PaperbackBuy 33 Days on KindleBuy 33 Days on Barnes & Noble.  Buy 33 Days on Apple’s iBookstore.