Book Review

Friday, December 16, 2011

Book review: Dead Letters

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM


Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail
By Paul Grushkin
Voyageur Press; 208 pages; $29.99

1989. 6 a.m. I'm sitting in my brother's maroon Volvo — the one with Grateful Dead stickers all over the back of it — listening to a Dead cassette tape with him and a friend while we freeze our asses off. We're waiting in a parking lot behind Jack's Music in Red Bank, N.J., until 9 a.m. when the ticket window opens so that we can buy tickets for the next Grateful Dead tour.

That's the way it was in the "old days." You want tickets? Get your ass up really early on a Saturday morning and camp out in line. It's either that or try your luck by phone calling into Ticketmaster with thousands of other people. Thankfully, Jack's usually sent someone out at 8 a.m. to give people wristbands so they didn't have to wait for the last hour and to relieve the stress of where they were in line.

Of course, the Grateful Dead did offer another option — ordering by mail. Try your luck at getting tickets in advance of the public on sale date by mailing in a check or money order. When Deadheads would send in mail, they wouldn't just send a plain 'ol envelope, they designed the hell out of 'em in hopes of being one of the fortunate enough to get picked. Grushkin's new book, Dead Letters, captures some of the best.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Book review: Sex Tips from Rock Stars

Posted By on Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM


Sex Tips from Rock Stars

By Paul Miles

272 pages; Omnibus Press

The Deal: Two dozen or so musicians give their advice, tips and share a few stories about just about everything sex-related, from the mundane to the more personal.

The Good: The book shares the sexual opinions of 23 rock stars — Acey Slade (Murderdolls/Dope), Adde (Hardcore Superstar), Allison Robertson (The Donnas), Andrew WK, Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne/Rob Zombie), Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat), Bruce Kulick (Kiss/Grand Funk Railroad), Chip Z'Nuff (Enuff Z'Nuff/Adler's Appetite), Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Danko Jones, Doug Robb (Hoobastank), Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard), Ginger (The Wildhearts), Handsome Dick Manitoba (The Dictators/MC5), James Kottak (Scorpions), Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal), Jimmy Ashhurst (Buckcherry), Joel O'Keeffe (Airbourne), Lemmy (Motorhead), Nicke Borg (Korn/Otep), Toby Rand (Juke Kartel), Vazquez (Damone) — when it comes to topics such as lingerie, positions, plastic surgery, masturbation, foreplay, drugs, marriage, dating etc.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Book review: I Hate New Music

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 2:57 PM


I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Manifesto

Backbeat Books

Nov. 2008

The Deal: Dave Thompson comes across as a grumpy, old man in his new book about the music industry and why all of the bands these days lack originality.

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