Booked On Rock with Eric Senich

Booked On Rock with Eric Senich

For Those About To Read & Rock... Join host Eric Senich for deep dive discussions of the greatest artists, albums and songs in rock history with the authors who've written all about them.

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January 13, 2022 93 min
When Yes ran into problems recording their tenth album in Paris at the end of 1979, it was almost the end. Yet in the 80s the band rallied, firstly as part of an unlikely collaboration with a new wave duo, then with 90125, the most successful album of their career, which spawned a number one hit in the USA with ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’. The band failed to capitalize on this success, however, lingering too long over its successor B...
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Think about Led Zeppelin and the image coming to mind would be of them straddling the world as the archetypal 'rock gods', defining the 1970s like no other artist did. Dig deeper though, and there's a lot more to Zeppelin than hard rock and bluster, with folk and blues strongly threading through their catalogue from the very beginning. “Led Zeppelin: Every Album, Every Song” digs into every Led Zeppelin track recorded d...
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From 1983 until 1991, Glam Metal was the sound of American culture. This was the world stalked by bands like Bon Jovi, Kiss, W.A.S.P., Skid Row, Dokken, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Ratt and many more. Big hair, massive amplifiers, drugs, alcohol, piles of money and life-threatening pyrotechnics. Armed with hairspray, spandex and strangely shaped guitars, they marked the last great era of supersize bands.

Where did Glam Metal come from?...
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Renowned British photographer Bill Zygmant and Beatles historian and
author David Bedford have released a new book entitled “Where Did You Get That Shirt?”, featuring three decades’ worth of Zygmant’s film and rock photos.

Zygmant’s Beatles photos are considered so important that the Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool displays them within a suite named after him. This brand-new book, designed by artist Paul Skellett, contains over ...
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This is the songwriting class you always wish you'd taken, taught by the professor you always wish you'd had. "Music, Lyrics, and Life: A Field Guide For The Advancing Songwriter" takes a deep dive into the heart of questions asked by songwriters of all levels, from how to begin journaling to when you know that a song is finished.

With humor and empathy, Mike Errico unravels both the mystery of songwriting and the l...
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U2 planted the seeds for 'The Joshua Tree' during an existential journey through America. As Irishmen in the 1970s, the band grew up with the belief that America was a place of freedom and prosperity, a symbol of hope and a refuge for all people. However, global politics of the 1980s undermined that impression and fostered hypocritical policies that manipulated Americans and devastated people around the world.

Originally con...
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The Doors remain one of the most original acts in the history of Rock and Roll. However, their actual music is sometimes overshadowed by the cult of Jim Morrison. Those with long memories will recall a point in the 1980s when he went from lead singer of an old band to a signifier of cool known as ‘Morrison.’ His image appeared everywhere on t-shirts, posters, and in the film The Lost Boys, adorning a wall in Keifer Sutherland’s vam...
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"Neil Young on Neil Young: Interviews and Encounters" is a revealing anthology of Young's most significant, fascinating, and entertaining discussions, declarations, and dreams, chronicling fifty years of conversations, feature stories, and press conferences.

With many interviews widely available for the first time—including new transcriptions and first-time translations into English—the book spans Young's words and i...
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Los Angeles in the 1960s gave the world some of the greatest music in rock 'n' roll history: "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, "Mr. Tambourine Man" by the Byrds, and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, a song that magnificently summarized the joy and beauty of the era in three and a half minutes.

But there was a dark flip side to the fun fun fun of the music, a nexus between naïve...
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Over fifty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970) is celebrated as the greatest rock guitarist of all time. But before he was setting guitars and the world aflame, James Marshall Hendrix was a shy kid in Seattle, plucking at a broken ukulele and in fear of a father who would hit him for playing left-handed. Bringing Jimi’s story to vivid life against the backdrop of midcentury rock, and with a wealth of new information, ac...
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Come the late '70s, the rock music landscape was littered with the bloated carcasses of bands who partied too hard, burned out, or became complacent in success. The door was open for something fresh, wild, and enrapturing. Enter Van Halen. Made up of two Dutch-born brothers, one on drums and the other whose guitar was an extension of his very being, a bass player with a golden throat, and a frontman who made up for his lack of ...
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"Haunted Rock & Roll: Ghostly Tales Of Musical Legends" - From Rock & Roll’s pioneers to its contemporary rebels, the greatest names live on after death - in unexpected and frightening ways. Discover thrilling stories of Michael Jackson, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Amy Winehouse, and many more rockers who’ve been seen haunting their favorite bars, clubs, and homes. "Haunted Rock and Roll" covers...
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You’ve probably read about Led Zeppelin’s success in their famous biography "Hammer of the Gods". You watched Queen take over the world in "Bohemian Rhapsody". And although you probably won’t admit it to your friends, you enjoyed the crazy TV ride in Motley Crüe’s "The Dirt". Rock bios are all the rage. Lead singers, guitarists, managers, roadies, groupies, even drummers have told their tales and they all po...
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Decades after the rise of rock music in the 1950s, the rock concert retains its allure and its power as a unifying experience—and as an influential multi-billion-dollar industry. In "Rock Concert", acclaimed interviewer Marc Myers sets out to uncover the history of this compelling phenomenon, weaving together ground-breaking accounts from the people who were there.

Myers combines the tales of icons like Joan Baez, Ian Anders...
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"Searching For Jimmy Page" is the fictional story of Luna Kane. The unraveling of eighteen-year-old Luna’s haunted past begins in the winter of 1988, when her dying great-grandfather, a self-proclaimed faith healer, claims he hears phantom owls crying in the night. “Them owls, like music. Can you hear the music?” he implores her in his final moments, triggering Luna’s repressed memory of her dead mother’s obsession with Jim...
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Written with S.E. Feinberg, Alan Walden’s "Southern Man" is the memoir of a life in music during one of the most racially turbulent times in American history. It presents the voice of Alan Walden—a remarkable, sensitive, humble, and brilliant man; a boy from the country who, serendipitously, along with his brother Phil and best friend Otis Redding, helped to nurture a musical renaissance. It is the story of a son of Macon, ...
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Of all of the 'classic' British rockers who came to prominence in the 1960s, only a very few have achieved significant, sustained success through to the present day. A list that comprises Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones should also include Eric Clapton. His critical and commercial accomplishments with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and his first solo album between 1965 and 1970 was followed by the...
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Jude Southerland Kessler, the world’s leading authority on the life of John Lennon, will release Volume 5 in "The John Lennon Series" titled "Shades of Life Part 1".

"Shades of Life Part 1" follows The Beatles through the first half of 1965, including the making of the "Help!" movie and soundtrack, their European Tour, The Beatles' MBE nomination and the first fissure in The Beatles unity as Paul ...
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When rock legend Eddie Van Halen died of cancer on October 6, 2020, the entire world seemed to stop and grieve. Since his band Van Halen burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album in 1978, Eddie had been hailed as an icon not only to fans of rock music and heavy metal, but to performers across all genres and around the world. Van Halen’s debut sounded unlike anything that listeners had heard before and remains a quinte...
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With extensive, first-hand reflections from Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, as well as from family, friends, and fellow musicians, "Anthem: Rush in the ’70s" is a detailed portrait of Canada’s greatest rock ambassadors. The first of three books in the "Rush Across The Decades" series, "Anthem" puts the band’s catalog, from their self-titled debut to 1978’s 'Hemispheres' into both Canadian an...
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