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Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years Book Interview With D.X. Ferris

Posted by on May.21, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

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D.X. Ferris has written the book on Slayer before with Reign In Blood for the 33 1/3 book series. This time, he had a few ideas in mind for a new Slayer book, but a series of unforeseen circumstances, including Jeff Hanneman’s untimely death, spun his book idea in a new direction and Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years rose from the ashes. It’s a well done bio that although lengthy, general music fans can also enjoy, because Ferris dissects Slayer’s  dynamics and personalities, allowing the reader to completely understand the band, it’s quirks, and history.

There’s a lot to talk about in this interview including Rick Rubin’s legacy now that Slayer has split with him for good, predictions for the upcoming Riot Fest performances of Reign In Blood, why the band could never “Metallica-It-Out” and defense of the argument that it’s Slayer’s world and we’re all just living in it.

Buy the book. Here’s the book website. Find Ferris on Twitter.  The book on Twitter.


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.


Mad World Book Interview With Lori Majewski

Posted by on May.07, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

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The excellent Mad World book is an oral history that tells the story of New Wave from 1979-1985 through the words of the artists who epitomized, changed and shaped the genre. Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein are perfect co-authors and foils.

The book starts with an introduction by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. Then each chapter focuses on an artist and their seminal song. Bernstein and Majewski add their take, and the artist tells their story in a monologue style.  Each chapter ends with a “then and now” update and finally, a mix tape list that guides you to other songs you might enjoy.  36 artists are included and you may think you know a lot about your favorites, but there are many surprises that unfold from the artists stories.

In this interview we highlight some of the artists in the book including Duran Duran, The Smiths and New Order, discuss the influence of New Wave on current artists and find out why a popular band fired their lead singer at the height of their popularity….and that’s just the beginning of that epic feud.

Buy the book. Find outtakes, more mixtapes, book signings and all things Mad World at their website. Here’s the Twitter and Facebook.


The Good Inn’s Josh Frank Book Interview

Posted by on Apr.30, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

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Who wouldn’t be intrigued by an introduction that states, “what follows is an illustrated novel,based on an in-the-works soundtrack,for a feature-length film that has yet to be made, about the first narrative pornographic movie ever made”? Josh Frank, Black Francis and illustrator Steven Appleby have created a world that gives depth beyond that pornographic film, and it’s called “The Good Inn”.  The film is the centerpiece of the story, but it is more an exploration of why the film was created, who created it, who the actors were, and Black Francis’ music used throughout the narrative to complete the semi-historical tale.

Frank, who has been friends with Francis for many years, heard the song cycle that inspired the movie idea and approached him about putting his film idea into book-form first.  Some of the songs are used throughout the book and bringing in Appleby to further give the narrative vision, compliments the story without overwhelming it. It’s a unique world to visit and one that should be stunning on film.

In this interview, Frank further explains the collaboration between himself, Appleby and Black Francis, plans for the film (which will be called Guncotton) and why artists should be allowed to create art.

Buy the book. Visit the website (where you can purchase t-shrits and lithographs). Find them on Facebook and Twitter. Upcoming book events.


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

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

 

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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. 

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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!
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Guitar Aficionado: The Collections Tom Beaujour Interview

Posted by on Oct.15, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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Former Editor-in-Chief of Guitar Aficionado Tom Beaujour along with co-author  Christopher Scapelliti, have put together a spectacular book for guitar fans — Guitar Aficionado-The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare and Valuable Guitars in the World. 

While the photographs are stunning, with such vivid detail the dings and dents on some guitars can be seen, the stories that come with the photographs are equally compelling. Lindsey Buckingham, Jimmie Vaughn, Rick Nielsen and Randy Bachman are just a few of the artists that share the history of their gorgeous instruments. Beaujour says that many of the featured guitars in the book are  “new, legendary guitars”, but there is also a final chapter in the book that features classics like Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstein and Jimmy Page’s Les Paul.

In this audio interview, we talk about the stories connected with the classic songs written on these guitars, what era produced the best guitars, and how collecting guitars in the pre-internet days lead some musicians on a treasure hunt at used car lots and under stranger’s beds.

Buy Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World.


Danny Bland In Case We Die Book Interview

Posted by on Oct.07, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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In Case We Die by first time author/longtime musician/road manager Danny Bland is set in Seattle in the early 90’s. Protagonist Charlie Hyatt is a heroin addict who works the graveyard shift in a porn shop. But Bland is a sneaky devil and weaves a love story and tale of redemption into this seedy world, a world that you’ll be glad you got  sucked into.

Bland has a lot of life experiences to draw on and the main character Charlie Hyatt, is based on himself , although he won’t divulge exactly which parts.

In this interview we talk about how the book came together, why he wrote a fiction book instead of a memoir and getting some famous friends together to create an incredible audiobook version of In Case We Die.

Buy In Case We Die. Download an excerpt from the book here. Follow Danny on Twitter. Find Danny on Facebook.


Queens Of Noise: The Real Story Of The Runaways Book Interview With Evelyn McDonnell

Posted by on Sep.10, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

 

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In 1975, Joan Larkin took a bus to Huntington Beach to meet with Sandy West.  Two kids jamming in a suburban Southern California rec room, didn’t seem unusual, but what was about to happen would become a transformational moment in music history. It was the beginning of The Runaways.  And in four short years, it would all be over.

Evelyn McDonnell tells the complete story of The Runaways for the first time in her new book Queens of Noise: The Real Story of The Runaways.  Four years in the making, the book was at times difficult to put together as the story of the band continues to be one of urban legends and myths that beg to be dispelled.  But, the lingering history and musical contributions of the band are undeniable.  As Joan Jett said, “There’s historians who come and say , ‘Well, this band did exist before you.’ And I’d say you’re right, but they didn’t do what we did.  I’m talking about playing sweaty, crotch-grabbing rock ‘n; roll the way the boys do.”

In this interview we talk about the always controversial Kim Fowley, whether the band were feminists and if a reunion of the band is necessary or could even satisfy fans at this point.

Buy Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways. Read Evelyn’s blog. Read an excerpt from the book.


Louder Than Hell Book: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal Interview With Jon Weiderhorn And Katherine Turman

Posted by on Aug.22, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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It’s not going out on a limb to say that Jon Weiderhorn (Senior writer for Revolver) will most likely have co-written two of Rock Book Show’s favorite books of the year. The first, was Al Jourgensen’s memoir Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen and now, the incredible Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal.  Katherine Turman (producer for Alice Cooper’s radio show- Nights With Alice Cooper) is the perfect partner in crime to complete this over 700 page monster.

The book is a chronological history looking at the most early roots of Metal to recent innovators Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God,  with as many genres of metal that could be squeezed into the pages as possible. Some bands and genres didn’t make the cut, but there is still plenty to read and discuss. In true well-written oral history form, even if  you’re not a fan of the genre of music, you can still easily be sucked into the stories.

In this interview we cover Weiderhorn and Turman’s collaborative process that started back at RIP magazine, how Metal and theatrics feed on each other, the most pungent band in Metal and what bands they just can’t agree on.

Buy Louder Than Hell. Follow Jon on Twitter. Follow Katherine on Twitter. The official Tumblr is here. Like the Facebook page.


Rob Sheffield-Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals Of Love & Karaoke Book Interview And Playlist

Posted by on Aug.14, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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Rob Sheffield‘s new memoir Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke could be called the sequel to Love Is A Mix Tape.  After becoming a widower at 30, Sheffield moves to New York and struggles to find his way back into the living.  Karaoke allows him a way to express himself  and work through his grief even though, as he admits, he has a terrible voice.

Each chapter of the book uses a song that Sheffield loves to tell his story and explain his experiences. Sheffield has a way of making deeply personal moments in his life incredibly relatable, and it’s one of the reasons his books are so successful.

In this interview we talk about Rob’s first time singing karaoke, what it takes to empty a karaoke room, why there’s no crying in karoake, great songs that aren’t great karaoke songs, how senior citizens will make you up your karaoke game, and why Rod Stewart is a Zen Sage.

Buy Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke. Follow Rob on Twitter. Find Rob on Facebook.

As a bonus, here’s a playlist of some of the songs we talked about in the interview.