According to the New York Post, the memoir by Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley, Face the Music, details anti-Semitism from bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
Even more shocking are his accusations of anti-Semitism against the pair. Noting that Frehley owned a collection of Nazi memorabilia, and that some of his earliest experiences with Criss involved the drummer racially mocking waiters at Chinese restaurants, Stanley writes that Frehley and Criss resented him and Simmons for controlling the band’s creative output — which Stanley says occurred because Frehley and Criss’ songwriting contributions “just didn’t amount to much.”
The Rolling Stones favorite American food? Something they made up called "Hot Dogs on the Rocks." It's hot dogs, mashed potatoes, and baked beans. The recipe comes from a 1967 "scene-makers cook book" called Singers & Swingers in the Kitchen. A few things: first, yeah, it's the cold medicine and coffee mixture that led to me posting this, and two, we absolutely need a version of this for the current music world. I want to know all about Bieber's brats and Jesse Lacey's "Sic Transit Pulled Pork."
Bruce Swedien (the engineer and mixer for many of Michael Jackson's albums) released a book earlier this year that we never posted about. I just found out about it through Steve Guttenberg's blog, and he seems to really like it. The book is called The Bruce Swedien Recording Method and it's available on Amazon.
Swedien discusses the importance of studio acoustics, and he prefers to use as little dynamic range compression or equalization as he can on vocals and instruments. Swedien feels that using a lot of compression is an admission you don't know what you're doing. His approach to recording drums struck me as a little unusual, he starts getting the sound first with the kick drum,...
Brian Keith Diaz, current tech for Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy since 2006, is about to release a book via Deadxstop Publishing. The book focuses on the past two decades of his touring experiences called, 1800 Miles To Nowhere. It also featuring stories he experienced while teching for bands like Guns n Roses and Motion City Sountrack, his book goes beyond simple tour stories and gives readers a glimpse into a backstage world of excess and loneliness. You can find more information and pre-order here.
The story behind the song, Home For Grave tells the tale of Ian Mitchells: a normal man from an ordinary town. Eager to complete his homework as a boy and caring as a young gentleman, Ian is the product of logic and responsibility. However, while his intentions are true and his actions are harmless, the line drawn between Ian’s birth and death is strewn with painful loss and perilous mediocrity: a combination often unnoticed within the somewhat neverending process of life and humanity. Through the stages of youth, love, and death, Mike Hranica lends poetic description to the tragedy of routine...
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has written a memoir, which is tentatively set to be released in Spring 2014 via Da Capo Press.
While I've dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imagined my first book would center around such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told. I believe this one does (for several different reasons, not just for the benefit of myself), so I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you, and I hope some good comes of it.
Jesse Cannon, a long-time industry veteran (former manager of Transit and Man Overboard, producer for The Misfits, Animal Collective, The Cure, Northstar, many more), has released a new book titled Get More Fans: The DIY Guide to the Music Business. It's an exhaustive guide on how independent bands can raise their presence online and in the real world. The book is available on most every digital and physical format, and a significant excerpt can be downloaded for free if you want to check it out before buying.