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Rock Book of the Month-Clapton

Posted by T Rex on February 24, 2008


With Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood playing three nights at the Garden this week I thought the timing was perfect for this book of the month. In related music news Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records. His label debut, “Nine Lives,” will arrive April 29.

I recently finished Eric Clapton’s autobiography and came to the conclusion that he needs to write another one. The music is almost secondary to the main story of the years Clapton spent in addiction and then his amazing recovery. It’s powerful how he cleaned up his act after years of debauchery and maintained his sobriety even when he lost his son in a tragic accident. Cream was one of the first bands I ever listened to with Disraeli Gears still one of my favorite albums. My high school senior picture has the caption “In the white room with black curtains” that was in 1994. I have no idea the message I was trying to get across back then except the fact I loved Cream. Now that Clapton has had the opportunity to get his personal story out I hope he goes back and writes even more about his time in The Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominos, Blind Faith, Cream and his solo work. For a music junkie like myself these just wasn’t enough details about these bands and the music they created.

Next up-Rock Book of the Month for March: Rock On by Dan Kennedy


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33 1/3

Posted by T Rex on February 12, 2008


“33⅓ is a series of books written about important and/or seminal music albums.”

Idolator highlights the KPEX Blog which has a cool article about one man’s quest to read all 53 of the 33 1/3 books. These books are not light reading the guy didn’t even finish 1 out of the 2 he’s started with.

One great one is Exile on Main Street which is about the band’s adventures creating the historic album and a fairly easy and enjoyable read. The majority are tough reads and written for the elite music fan. I’ve picked up a few at the bookstore and paged through them and they are so dry and technical I’ve put it right down.

I’ve got Exile on Main Street, Let it Be, Achtung Baby and OK Computer under my belt.


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Runaway Dinosaur Rock Book Of The Month

Posted by T Rex on December 16, 2007


When I was 15 I went to the 1st night of the Rolling Stone’s Steel Wheels Tour at the old Vet in Philadelphia. Living Color opened the show and I’ll never forget the enormous stage production and my first live performance of hits from the Stone’s catalogue. Fast forward 16 years and they are still going strong and now writing books.

Sex, drugs and rock & roll pure debauchery. If Ronnie is any indication of what Keith’s book is going to be like then it’s truly a miracle these dudes are still functioning humans. Ronnie’s book was a great read for any music fan. It’s endless stories about his world travels, legendary musicians, backstage mayhem and countless gigs with the Stones. I had no idea he was such a well renowned artist along with being an amazing guitarist.

My favorite story was when he was at a party in New York in 1974 and was standing talking to Bob Dylan and Peter Grant came up to them and said “Hi! I manage Led Zeppelin.” Dylan turns to him and says “I don’t come to you with my fucking problems!” Classic……

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