Growing up in the New York area, a mere stones throw from the Nassau Coliseum, the author was lucky enough to turn his youthful infatuation with rock music into a fledgling career as a rock concert promoter in the late seventies to mid eighties. As such, he’s in the perfect position to provide some behind the scenes insights and anecdotes featuring some of the biggest names of that time. Tull, Floyd, Yes, AC/DC and Rainbow all appear, but the main focus of the book is on two of the biggest US bands on the circuit, Van Halen and Aerosmith, with Steven Tyler in particular captured at a time the band was in decline while his own personal problems were spiralling out of control. The author’s tales are conveyed with a wry sense of humour as he sighs and raises an eyebrow as he panders to yet another random whim of the various bands, who need to be pacified so the show can go on. A really interesting read that gives you backstage access to the world behind the scenes of the shows.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Freddy Bannister’s Knebworth book ‘There Must Be A Better Way.’
One thing you’ve learned
Never meet your heroes.