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Hendrix: A Voodoo Child’s Not-So-Slight Return

There are a lot of estate organizers, trusts and conglomerations that look after the posthumous interests and product of rock stars. But Experience Hendrix, LLC, is the gold standard in terms of how it should be done, for the artist … Continue reading

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The Hard Road and Hot Music of Sly Stone

Maybe things started to get out of hand when the cocaine magically appeared on every possible spare bathroom countertop or mirror. Or when the huge amounts of cash arrived in suitcases. Or when the heavy dudes with gangster vibes and … Continue reading

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Reelin’ in the Years (and Peeling Back the Layers) of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen

By picking Donald Fagen as the subject of a biography, Peter Jones certainly didn’t make things easy on himself. The Steely Dan co-founder has long been wary of the press and gave relatively few interviews during the band’s prime. And … Continue reading

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Stephen Bishop’s Separate Lives Come Together in Autobiography

In those long-ago pre-online days before TikTok, YouTube, or Bandcamp, if an aspiring songwriter wanted to get their work out there for more established artists to possibly record, he or she would cut a demo tape that would hopefully be … Continue reading

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Robby Krieger Opens the Doors of His Memories

Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying, and Playing Guitar with the Doors By Robby Krieger with Jeff Alulis 432 pp., $29, Little, Brown and Company Of all the classic rock bands, the Doors might have the most solid connection … Continue reading

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Gina Schock of the Go-Go’s Gets Snappy in Her Book

Almost as much as music, Gina Schock has had a love for an interest in photography for her entire life. And that includes before, during, after, and again during her career as the drummer for the Go-Go’s. Backstage, onstage, at … Continue reading

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Rickie Lee Jones Won’t Run Out of Chances

It’s common for musicians to feel that their work lets listeners into their minds, their souls, or their hearts. It’s less common that fans are invited into their actual homes. But that’s what many artists did — at least virtually … Continue reading

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The Many Mugs of Stevie Van Zandt Come Together in Memoir

When talking to the multi-hyphenate man Steven Van Zandt, it’s a challenge to pick which version of him to start off with.  The musician who’s the best bud of Bruce Springsteen and core member of the E Street Band, but … Continue reading

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The Metal Magic of Ronnie James Dio Shines in Posthumous Autobiography

Rainbow in the Dark: The AutobiographyBy Ronnie James Dio with Wendy Dio and Mick Wall264 pp.$28Permuted Press When Ronnie James Dio—announced in 2009 that he had stomach cancer, it certainly gave him an impetus to complete the autobiography that he’d … Continue reading

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John Mellencamp’s Life of Roots, Rock, and Rebellion

It’s telling about John Mellencamp that his nickname, “Little Bastard,” is not only a sobriquet that he revels in, but does his damnedest to live up to. His tough-as-nails/loud-as-a-motorcyle-engine persona and songs have helped define an image and put him … Continue reading

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