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I am currently reading the new bio of Yo La Tengo, entitled Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock, and let me tell you - it is chock full of interesting tidbits.

Georgia Hubley’s dad worked as an animator for Disney, and designed “The Rites of Spring” segment of Fantasia. Her parents later did the animation of ye olde Maypo ads in which a little boy keeps shouting “I Want My Maypo!”, a gig they eventually got fired from for not being willing to merchandise the campaign. In total Mad Men style, one of the ad execs shouted, “You’ll never work in this town again!” at them, to which Georgia’s father replied, “Really? Goody! We’re free!” They then embarked on a career as independent artists and filmmakers.

The kicker? The ad exec who came up with the “I Want My Maypo!” tagline also came up with another extremely successful (if decidedly similar) slogan:”I Want My MTV!”

Click here to read an excerpt.

Jun 6
HOW RONALD REAGAN IGNITED BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S POLITICS.
Fascinating excerpt from an upcoming book by Marc Dolan entitled “Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

HOW RONALD REAGAN IGNITED BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S POLITICS.

Fascinating excerpt from an upcoming book by Marc Dolan entitled “Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

BOOK REPORT: THE WRECKING CREW by KENT HARTMAN
You may not know who The Wrecking Crew were… but you know their work, and a ton of the tunes they played on. Kent Hartman’s new biography attempts to tell the tale of the loose confederacy of L.A.-based musicians who played on the masterpiece recordings of modern music produced by the likes of Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, and many others. The book just came out last week, and its timing is intriguing - various members of the group have been in the news lately:
Glen Campbell, who left the studio to strike out on his solo career, and was recently honored at the Grammys
Mike Melvoin, keyboardist and arranger, just passed away this week. His son was Jonathan Melvoin, the Smashing Pumpkins member who died from a heroin overdose. Mike played on tunes as varied as the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life. 
Today’s news brings word that Billy Strange also passed away. Billy was a phenomenal guitar player known for his work on Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”, and as co-writer of Elvis’ "A Little Less Conversation"
The Wrecking Crew book has one inherent flaw due to the nature of its subject: nobody really knew who all the members were. It wasn’t a formal group, more of a nickname for a group of players who began to find themselves in demand for more and more recording sessions in Los Angeles. The list of song titles at the bottom of this post are the chapters of the book, and are a great indicator of how varied the tunes they played on.
The forementioned flaw means the book doesn’t go too far in depth on a lot of people. What it lacks in depth, though, it makes up for in an astonishing amount of fantastic rock and roll stories. Some of the highlights for me were: learning about Creed Bratton (as in Creed from “The Office”) and his time spent playing in The Grass Roots, including a hilarious story about a gig at the Fillmore West. The terribly sad tale of drummer extraordinaire Jim Gordon, whose piano coda for Layla is simply one of the most gorgeous pieces of music ever written. The late Billy Strange has a great story told about how a piece he composed entitled Monotonous Melody became the dance craze known as Limbo Rock.
If you’re looking for a rock book that will shock you with how much you didn’t know about the music you love, get The Wrecking Crew. It’ll learn you about a slew of the greatest musicians you’ve already heard… but maybe not heard of.
Footnotes: chapters in The Wrecking Crew are song titles they played on…
California Dreamin’
Limbo Rock
He’s A Rebel
The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)
What’d I Say
I Got You, Babe
Mr. Tambourine Man
River Deep, Mountain High
Eve of Destruction
Strangers in the Night
Good Vibrations
Let’s Live for Today
Up, Up and Away
Classical Gas
Wichita Lineman
MacArthur Park
Bridge Over Troubled Water
(They Long To Be) Close To You
Love Will Keep Us Together

BOOK REPORT: THE WRECKING CREW by KENT HARTMAN

You may not know who The Wrecking Crew were… but you know their work, and a ton of the tunes they played on. Kent Hartman’s new biography attempts to tell the tale of the loose confederacy of L.A.-based musicians who played on the masterpiece recordings of modern music produced by the likes of Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, and many others. The book just came out last week, and its timing is intriguing - various members of the group have been in the news lately:

  • Glen Campbell, who left the studio to strike out on his solo career, and was recently honored at the Grammys
  • Mike Melvoin, keyboardist and arranger, just passed away this week. His son was Jonathan Melvoin, the Smashing Pumpkins member who died from a heroin overdose. Mike played on tunes as varied as the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life.
  • Today’s news brings word that Billy Strange also passed away. Billy was a phenomenal guitar player known for his work on Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”, and as co-writer of Elvis’ "A Little Less Conversation"

The Wrecking Crew book has one inherent flaw due to the nature of its subject: nobody really knew who all the members were. It wasn’t a formal group, more of a nickname for a group of players who began to find themselves in demand for more and more recording sessions in Los Angeles. The list of song titles at the bottom of this post are the chapters of the book, and are a great indicator of how varied the tunes they played on.

The forementioned flaw means the book doesn’t go too far in depth on a lot of people. What it lacks in depth, though, it makes up for in an astonishing amount of fantastic rock and roll stories. Some of the highlights for me were: learning about Creed Bratton (as in Creed from “The Office”) and his time spent playing in The Grass Roots, including a hilarious story about a gig at the Fillmore West. The terribly sad tale of drummer extraordinaire Jim Gordon, whose piano coda for Layla is simply one of the most gorgeous pieces of music ever written. The late Billy Strange has a great story told about how a piece he composed entitled Monotonous Melody became the dance craze known as Limbo Rock.

If you’re looking for a rock book that will shock you with how much you didn’t know about the music you love, get The Wrecking Crew. It’ll learn you about a slew of the greatest musicians you’ve already heard… but maybe not heard of.

Footnotes: chapters in The Wrecking Crew are song titles they played on…

  1. California Dreamin’
  2. Limbo Rock
  3. He’s A Rebel
  4. The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)
  5. What’d I Say
  6. I Got You, Babe
  7. Mr. Tambourine Man
  8. River Deep, Mountain High
  9. Eve of Destruction
  10. Strangers in the Night
  11. Good Vibrations
  12. Let’s Live for Today
  13. Up, Up and Away
  14. Classical Gas
  15. Wichita Lineman
  16. MacArthur Park
  17. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  18. (They Long To Be) Close To You
  19. Love Will Keep Us Together
"You can look ‘em up — GOOGLE ‘em!"—Bob Dylan regarding the Bel-Rays on Theme Time Radio Hour

So Dylan signed a 6-book deal with Simon & Schuster, including the next installment of ‘Chronicles’.  Not sure what this means entirely, although I genuinely hope the other 5 books in the deal aren’t:
"Renaldo And Clara: The Screenplay"
"The Life and Times of Jack Fate"
"Tarantula: Not the Editor’s Cut"
"Dont Look Back: The Shooting Script"
"Eat The Document: Then Eat This Book"
Seriously, though, Rolling Stone has the full story here.

"You can look ‘em up — GOOGLE ‘em!"
—Bob Dylan regarding the Bel-Rays on Theme Time Radio Hour


So Dylan signed a 6-book deal with Simon & Schuster, including the next installment of ‘Chronicles’.  Not sure what this means entirely, although I genuinely hope the other 5 books in the deal aren’t:

  1. "Renaldo And Clara: The Screenplay"
  2. "The Life and Times of Jack Fate"
  3. "Tarantula: Not the Editor’s Cut"
  4. "Dont Look Back: The Shooting Script"
  5. "Eat The Document: Then Eat This Book"

Seriously, though, Rolling Stone has the full story here.

kittykittybangbang:

I just bought this at Barnes & Noble. So excited to use it!
Loaded with a lovin’ spoonful of music-inspired list topics ranging from  traditional (top 20 favorite albums) to eclectic (favorite dance party  playlist) to downright experimental (concerts you wish you could time  travel back to), this journal gives music lovers a backstage pass to  hours of list-making fun. 
photo via www.chroniclebooks.com

WANT.

kittykittybangbang:

I just bought this at Barnes & Noble. So excited to use it!

Loaded with a lovin’ spoonful of music-inspired list topics ranging from traditional (top 20 favorite albums) to eclectic (favorite dance party playlist) to downright experimental (concerts you wish you could time travel back to), this journal gives music lovers a backstage pass to hours of list-making fun.

photo via www.chroniclebooks.com

WANT.

"I am damned," thinks Bunny Munro...in a sudden moment of self-awareness reserved for those who are soon to die.

NICK CAVE TO PUBLISH NEW NOVEL IN SEPTEMBER 2009
Nick Cave’s debut novel “And The Ass Saw The Angel” was pretty highly acclaimed.  Upon reading it, my reaction was one of astonishment that an Aussie could write so many characters so well in a Southern U.S. dialect.  Usually books in written in dialect annoy me (Trainspotting, Blood Meridian to name a few), but Cave’s book was a pretty good dose of southern gothic, and is recommended reading for fans of that genre or even of his music.  Fans of his music may recognize characters from his songs in the novel.  The themes of retribution and old-testament style vengeance that you encounter in his music persist in his 1989 novel.

Not sure why it took so long (although he and his band are certainly prolific), but 20 years later, Nick Cave is set to publish a second novel.  It’s called "The Death Of Bunny Munro," and is due out September 1 in the US.  There are going to be multiple versions of this thing, including an audiobook and a deluxe version.  On the book’s official website, you can sign up for updates and you can also click on the title of this post to go to the site to hear an excerpt from the audiobook, which Cave himself reads.  Or click here for that page.

September 2009 is looking to be a very expensive month: Beatles remasters, Beatles Rock Band, Big Star Box, Nick Cave book/audiobook… yargh.