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Old June 13th, 2013, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A Book Everyone in a Band Should Read

"Hitless Wonder A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll" by Joe Oestreich

It's the story of two kids with a dream who almost get there, but are still playing in spite of it all. A good read.

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Old June 13th, 2013, 02:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And then, watch the documentary "The Story of Anvil."
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Old June 13th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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And then, watch the documentary "The Story of Anvil."
And while you're at it, read the Badfinger book ("Without You - The Tragic Story of Badfinger").
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Thanks for the recommendation, Paul in Colorado. To paraphrase Pee-Wee Herman, I don't need to read this book. I lived it.

(But I'll read it anyway.)
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My personal fav: Al Kooper's autobiography, "Backstage Passes and Backstabbing B@st@rds" (not sure if that would get by the sensors). If you remember the sixties at all, it's a fabulous read.
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just found it at my local library (good thing I work at one).

i'll give "hitless wonder" a read.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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And then, watch the documentary "The Story of Anvil."
Or read the book. I've done both. The Badfinger book looks interesting, but I can't find it in the library systems here and it is selling on Amazon.ca for $200. I'll re-read the Anvil book instead...
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Old June 14th, 2013, 12:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My personal fav: Al Kooper's autobiography, "Backstage Passes and Backstabbing B@st@rds" (not sure if that would get by the sensors). If you remember the sixties at all, it's a fabulous read.
Cool. I'll see if I can find that in the inter-library loan system.

The Wilson Sisters' (Heart) book, "Kicking and Dreaming" is a good read, too.

I'm on a musical bio jag right now.
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Is there an audio-book version for drummers?
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Is there an audio-book version for drummers?
As the drummer crams a CD into the tape deck in his 1991 Camaro...
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i'm reading "the story of crass"
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i'm reading "the story of crass"
Is that Crass with the lead singer "Steve Ignorant" ?
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My personal fav: Al Kooper's autobiography, "Backstage Passes and Backstabbing B@st@rds" (not sure if that would get by the sensors). If you remember the sixties at all, it's a fabulous read.
+1. I remember reading that when I was 14 or so, and leaf through it every few years. My edition was just "Backstage Passes". Al seems to get a little more bitter as time rolls on.
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It's a bit dated, but Star Making Machinery is an excellent insight into the music biz. Better yet, they used Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen as the example and follow them through the process of trying to make "Don't Let Go" a hit single.
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Is that Crass with the lead singer "Steve Ignorant" ?
is there another?

i mean the real crass with steve ignorant, not the random backing band he assembled to tour a few years back. that's not crass. i skipped that tour because seeing the stratford mercenaries in 1997 wasn't all that greats, and that was just as much "crass" as whatever he took on tour a few years ago.

but yeah, the book is pretty good so far.
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Old June 20th, 2013, 08:15 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I'll have to check that one out.

"The Wishbones' by Tom Perotta is a fun read.
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Old June 20th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #17 (permalink)
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As the OP evidently has opened a can of worms regarding suggested good rock & roll cautionary tales, I would be negligent if I did not submit my entry:

Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock n Roll Band You've Never Heard Of by Tommy Womack is a fantastic, brutally honest, and fall-out-your-chair funny read.

Tommy is a heckuva writer, and I'm just glad he decided to do music first, so that the above would eventually result. He's a first rate songwriter, performer and musician too.

Thanks to the OP for opening the door
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The Badfinger book is, perhaps, the saddest tale I've ever read when it comes to the music business and how it "eats its own". Truly painful. I recommend Bobby Whitlock's "A Rock & Roll Autobiography" for a view from a different perspective, but also as a study in perseverance and ultimately, vindication and redemption.
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The Badfinger book is, perhaps, the saddest tale I've ever read when it comes to the music business and how it "eats its own". Truly painful. I recommend Bobby Whitlock's "A Rock & Roll Autobiography" for a view from a different perspective, but also as a study in perseverance and ultimately, vindication and redemption.
Bopadu Bill knows what he's talking about (hi Beeps) - see also Bobby Keys' book "Every Night's Saturday Night". And for the nasty business of "eating its own" one of the bios of Buck Owens - apparently, he put the *stop* to one or two musicians he didn't like.

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