I tend to read a lot of music-related books. Over the past few months I’ve finished Decoded by Jay-Z, A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio by Paul Myers and Just Kids by Patti Smith. I just started reading You Must Go and Win by Alina Simone and can’t seem to put it down. I hope to post something about each of these books in the near future.
One I really enjoyed is now available at Amazon. It’s called EXPERIENCED: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction. A couple friends were involved in the project, Roland Goity who co-edited the book, and Kimy Martinez who illustrated it.
Roland let me see an advance copy of EXPERIENCED and I liked it so much I provided a testimonial for the book. The compelling stories are exceptionally well written, and relate the lives of touring musicians and touring fans, label signings gone awry, the evolution of life as a roadie, and even one about a DJ with a serial killer for a caller. There are 16 stories all told, and each one held its own. Taken together, it’s really an impressive collection of rock ‘n’ roll narratives. I hope you’ll get a copy and enjoy it as much as I did!
To find out more about the book, please visit www.experiencedbook.com
Below is my blurb for the book along with those of others:
“An entertaining compendium of rock ‘n’ roll tales, EXPERIENCED hits the mark as a rites of passage primer. They’re all here, the roadies, fans, dreamers, graveyard shift DJ’s, hapless journalists, vagabond bands, lonesome guitar-slingers, sell-outs and wannabes. Everyone’s chasing Highway 66 but most have lost the map.”
~ Nina Antonia, author of The New York Dolls — Too Much Too Soon and Johnny Thunders – In Cold Blood
“EXPERIENCED has got all the dirty details of behind-the-curtains gossip — written with zest and love. It rocks.”
~ Stephen D. Gutierrez, author of the American Book Award winning Live from Fresno y Los
“The stories in EXPERIENCED not only entertain, but offer insight into the lives of those in the music industry, from label executives to record producers to rock bands to fans at large. It’s not always a life of glamour, but no one ever said rock ‘n’ roll was pretty.”
~ Steve Beck, founder of OnlineRock and editor of The Noise Room
“The stories and essays in EXPERIENCED are beautifully written, wise, and absurdly energetic. An amazing jam session of a book.”
~ Michael Kardos, author of One Last Good Time
“The sobering economics of life on the road for a harmonica virtuoso, a journalist’s desperate pursuit of Elastica frontwoman Justine Frischmann, a down-and-out radio talk show host receives a live call from a recent murderess; the tangent is where the real story begins in this raucous, raw-edged compilation limning the seamy underside of rock ‘n’ roll storytelling.”
~ Alina Simone, singer and author of You Must Go and Win