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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.

Yoko Ono Reconsidered: Lisa Carver Interview

Posted by on Dec.03, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Lisa Carver aka Lisa Suckdog has written a thought provoking book called Reaching Out With No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono, that allows Carver to channel Ono while pondering life. While looking at life through the lens of Ono can turn a world upside down, it’s also freeing. Carver hopes that people will put down the book and “go live” and there’s much to be inspired by in Carver’s writing.

Carver previously wrote the popular fanzine Roller Derby  and authored the books Dancing Queen: The Lusty Adventures of Lisa Crystal Carver, Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir and The Lisa Diaries.

In this interview we talk about putting the book together, Ono as a feminist and what art piece by Ono Carver hopes people will emulate with her book.

Buy Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono. Visit the official Suckdog site.

Dave Grohl, Serj Tankian, Sean Yseult, Devo, Influential Tweeters And More News

Posted by on Aug.07, 2012, under News No Comments

Sometimes we like to mix it up with some news that isn’t just about books.  Here’s some cool stuff we wanted to share:

-Former guest Sean Ysuelt’s new band just joined Twitter. Follow Star And Dagger here and watch our interview with Sean here.

-Serj Tankian from System of a Down just released his own beat sequencing ipad app aptly named “I am Serj”.  And, did you know Serj was one of the first guests on Rock Book Show? In case you missed it, here’s our interview.

-Dave Grohl is working on a documentary called “Sound City” about the famed recording studio in Van Nuys. Here’s a look at the first trailer and more info.

-Billboard just came out with its 2nd annual “Twitter 140″ list featuring the “must follow” people in the music world.  See the complete list here.

-Two more movies we want to see:  “Are We Not Men?” is in post-production, and we can’t wait to see this Devo doc.  And in theaters nowSearching for Sugarman, the most buzzed about summer music movie.

Official DEVO Documentary: 5-minute Preview from DEVOfilm on Vimeo.

Metallica Meets Mr. Skin’s Mike McPadden In This New Book

Posted by on Jul.30, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Meet Mike McPadden; music writer for over twenty years and head writer for Mr.Skin.com.  McPadden’s new book is the latest in the Backbeat Books “If You Like” series,  If You Like Metallica…Here Are Over 200 Bands, CDs, Movies and Other Oddities That You Will Love.

For this interview, we caught up with Mike via Skype, and our conversation focused on Metallica…but we also found ourselves talking about encased meats and why “Call Me Maybe” is not your average pop song.

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.

New Steven Tyler Memoir Out May 3rd

Posted by on Apr.19, 2011, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

“Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?” That’s the title of Steven Tyler‘s new autobiography coming out May 3rd, that will offer an in-depth look into this rock and roll icon’s legendary life and career.  In Steven’s own words, “I’ve been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I’ve been Cole-Portered and farmer’s-daughtered, I’ve be Led Zepped and 12-stepped.  I’m a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am.  I have so many outrageous stories, too many, and I’m gonna tell ‘em all. All the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drug, transcendence and chemical dependence you will ever want to hear.  And this is not just my take, this is the unbridled truth, the in-your-face up-close and prodigious tale of Steven Tyler straight from the horse’s lips.”  And we can’t wait!

You can pre-order the book here at a special price.  Follow Steven on Twitter here and like him on Facebook here.