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A Book Everyone in a Band Should Read

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Paul in Colorado, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    "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.

  2. FMA

    FMA Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    And then, watch the documentary "The Story of Anvil."

  3. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    And while you're at it, read the Badfinger book ("Without You - The Tragic Story of Badfinger").

  4. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    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.)

  5. Deaf Eddie

    Deaf Eddie Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Sunny San Diego, CA
    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.

  6. thegoatking

    thegoatking Tele-Meister

    May 16, 2013
    Buckeye AZ
    just found it at my local library (good thing I work at one).

    i'll give "hitless wonder" a read.

  7. idjster

    idjster Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

    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 for $200. I'll re-read the Anvil book instead... :)

  8. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    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.

  9. gpasq

    gpasq Friend of Leo's

    Oct 15, 2011
    Littleton, CO
    Is there an audio-book version for drummers?

  10. Lunchie

    Lunchie Poster Extraordinaire

    As the drummer crams a CD into the tape deck in his 1991 Camaro...

  11. cyclopean

    cyclopean Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    i'm reading "the story of crass"

  12. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 15, 2012
    Is that Crass with the lead singer "Steve Ignorant" ?

  13. Coop47

    Coop47 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 10, 2009
    +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.

  14. bo

    bo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    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.

  15. cyclopean

    cyclopean Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    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.

  16. Little Ricky

    Little Ricky Tele-Holic

    May 11, 2008
    I'll have to check that one out.

    "The Wishbones' by Tom Perotta is a fun read.

  17. beach bob

    beach bob Friend of Leo's

    Jan 31, 2008
    South Florida
    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 ;)

  18. Bopadu Bill

    Bopadu Bill NEW MEMBER!

    Jun 23, 2013
    North Central Texas
    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.

  19. Deeve

    Deeve Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 7, 2009
    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.

    Peace - Deeve

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