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anna_everson on 04/18/2019 at 12:52PM

Rock's Back Pages: What We Read On Our Holidays

Sun, sea and the chance to dip you toes into the murky waters of the rock biography. That's what the annual rock lover's summer getaway was made for.

But what to pack? The pop star tell all, or the in-depth (though often ghost written) warts and all tales of fame and drug induced mayhem?

Well, let's test the waters with a book that seemingly covers all those bases. Keith Richards' 'Life' (with James Fox), is big on tittle tattle, but light on the much anticipated goings-on of the second biggest rock band in history, the Rolling Stones.

That said, Fox captures Keith's voice perfectly, and the guitarist's asides on his ego driven frontman, Mick Jagger, will have you chuckling into your sombrero well into your two week vacation.

Mark Oliver Everett is better known as E, the singer, writer and frontman of the Eels. His childhood was blighted by the emotionless exterior of his father, Hugh Everett III; a no ordinary patriarch at that.

He was a physicist at and originator of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum theory and of the use of Lagrange multipliers for general engineering optimizations. Which may sound heavy going, but Mark with his book, 'Things The Grandchildren Should Know', writes with an inquisitive eye and humorous self-depreciation. And yes, he does give an insight into the birth of his muse and subsequent Billboard hogging success.


Madness: The Nutty Boys Exposed

House Of Fun: The Story Of Madness is a comprehensive delve into the seven disparate characters who made up the 'Nutty Boys' sound.

Having recently released a critically acclaimed 'comeback' album, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate, the band are at a new commercial high. So rather than be a story of diminishing returns, it has an almost Hollywood conclusion .. though the usual array of heartbreaks, fall outs and cringe worthy incidents litter the middle chapters.


Ian Dury: Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Ian Dury became known as 'uncle Ian' to the Madness boys. His early incarnation as Kilburn and the High Roads was a huge influence on Suggs and crew. Then came the Blockheads and Dury briefly tasted success when Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick topped the UK charts in 1980.

But as his popularity declined, so did his bitter side win the personality fight. Dury was the archetypal lover and fighter, and alcohol tended to bring out the latter.

With a movie, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, capturing his many-sided personality, it was the job of the book, Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll, to tell the tale of his musical side. And a mighty fine read it is too.

All the above can be found on Amazon and other good online publishing outlets. So happy holidays and happy reading.

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Boston_Hassle on 06/18/2014 at 03:52PM

From Brookline, MA... TUNNEL OF LOVE breathes the fire that is the eternal flame of ROCK N ROLL.

A screaming, beyond logical continuation of future primitive rock n' roll madness flows from TUNNEL OF LOVE. This s/t record was the first vinyl issuing of this trio's blatant low chord number freakish-ness. Another band vying for the title of most popular band on the Boston area underground music circuit during the first half of the 00s decade.

I first encountered these miscreants (a truly applicable term) raging out (stand up drummer, twins or close relations at least barking and battering a guitar) @ the Berwick Institute in Dudley Sq. in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. They were the one garage rock band among a whole scene of art freaks and their resulting music. At the time the Berwick was certainly one of the epicenters of underground music and art in the Boston area, and so when I would see that bands were playing there it was essentially a stamp of approval. TOL received that stamp time and time again. They would eventually become staples @ my house venue THE HOSS and I would eventually release this album for them on LP and CD with my friend Dave Conway.

Originals paired with choice covers, all rendered in one of the gnarliest takes on garage rock that has ever been. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this scuzz was a product of Memphis or Detroit, but no, Boston, MA. Actually, Brookline, MA, just across the Muddy River from Boston, really. Unholy, scuzzing garage rock bombast. As of 2014 these guys do not play very much anymore, but they still stop to throw shit from time to time. Several 7's and LPs followed this one (and a good handful of CD-Rs preceded it). The brothers MacBain went on to bands like THE MONSIEURS, MARTY KINGS, THE PSYCHED, and 99999999999999999999.

- Dan Shea (


** Unfortunately we can't host the cover songs from this record on the FMA.
Get a copy of the LP, or hear the record otherwise, it's worth it. Their version
of "Paint It Black" is LEGENDARY.

LP was limited to 300, 100 of which were ruined by a basement flood. There's
like 20 left.
If you want one get in touch:

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wormstudio on 06/16/2012 at 06:07AM

kim fowley and the worm all-stars

Fowley visited WORM in the company of his dominatrix Snow Mercy. He explains on the track how the cooperation with the Worm all-stars band went. This was the last song of the evening. And sharing some of Mr Fowley's wisdom;

"...rock n roll is not death
it's only asleep for a while
the drugs change
the haircuts change
and the diseases change
and rock n roll is always gonna be here..."

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