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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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Classic Rock Titans and Friends: Harrison and Clapton

All Things Must Pass Away: Harrison, Clapton, and Other Assorted Love Songs by Kenneth Womack and Jason Kruppa 304 pp., $28.99, Chicago Review Press One of rock and roll’s most enduring friendships was between George Harrison and Eric Clapton. From … Continue reading

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Miles Copeland Remembers the Police, Go-Go’s, Bangles, & Timbuk 3 in Memoir

Miles Copeland II was a longtime CIA operative in the Middle East and involved in all sorts of secretive spy missions from the 1940s through the ‘60s. And his son—Miles A. Copeland III—often had to use similarly delicate skills and … Continue reading

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Mercy, Mercy She: A Groupie’s Wild Child Story

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Mercy Fontenot was anything but a shrinking violet. In her alter ego as “Miss Mercy” – sporting distinctive raccoon eye makeup and dressed in layers of flowing gypsy clothes of lace, leopard prints, … Continue reading

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Hair Metal Years Revealed in Massive Oral History

Come with us, children, back to the magical, mystical land of the 1980’s. Where for a brief but shining span of time the hair was high, the riffs were righteous, the lead singers preening, the flashpots fiery, the colors popping, … Continue reading

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