Wednesday, May 5, 2021

MARIA MULDAUR RELEASES NEW ALBUM WITH TUBA SKINNY: SPECIAL GUEST ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS WITH RAY SHASHO BBS RADIO TV

 


M A R I A   M U L D A U R

“The First Lady of Roots Music”

Teams Up with

New Orleans-based Street Band 

TUBA SKINNY 

for a Romping Repertoire of Vintage Jazz 

and Blues Tunes

that will Have You Jumping with Joy! 

Exclusive 

MARIA MULDAUR INTERVIEW

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN

IN ITS ENTIRETY

Six-time Grammy nominee Maria Muldaur, who’s been dubbed “The First Lady of Roots Music” for previous albums touching on her wide-ranging influences from blues, country, folk, jazz and even jug band music, continues her exploration of the great American roots music songbook. On her latest excursion, this time into the vintage jazz and blues sounds of the 1920s/’30s, Maria teams up with acclaimed New Orleans street band Tuba Skinny for Let’s Get Happy Together, releasing May 7th on Stony Plain Records. 

Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 55-plus year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the Folk Revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.


Preorder

MARIA MULDAUR

with

TUBA SKINNY

and their new album

LET’S GET HAPPY TOGETHER 

At

https://stonyplainrecords.com/lp/happytogether/



Officially released on May 7th 2021 on Stony Plain Records 

For more information about

Maria Muldaur

visit

www.mariamuldaur.com

www.tubaskinny.com

www.stonyplainrecords.com


Solo Discography

Maria Muldaur (1973) (Reprise, MS-2148) - AUS #30[12]

Waitress in a Donut Shop (1974) (Reprise, MS-2194) - AUS #66[12]

Sweet Harmony (1976) (Reprise, MS-2235)

Southern Winds (1978) (Warner Bros. BSK-3162) - AUS #91[12]

Open Your Eyes (1979) (Warner Bros. BSK-3305) - AUS #97[12]

Gospel Nights (Recorded at McCabe's) (1980) (Takoma, TAK-7084) (with the Chambers Brothers)

There Is a Love (1982) (Myrrh, MSB-6685)

Sweet and Slow (1983) (Spindrift/Making Waves, SPIN-109) (CD reissue: Stony Plain, SPCD-1183) (with Dr. John, Kenny Barron, and other guest artists)

Transblucency (1986) (Uptown, UP-27.25) (recorded 1984–85 with "jazz" septet)

Live in London (1986) (Making Waves, SPIN-116)

Louisiana Love Call (1992) (Black Top, BT-1081) (reissued by Shout! Factory with same part number)

Maria Muldaur and Friends: On the Sunny Side (1992) (Music for Little People/Warner Bros. 42503)

Meet Me at Midnite (1994) (Black Top, BT-1107) (reissued by Shout! Factory with same part number)

Jazzabelle (1995) (Stony Plain, SPCD-1188)

Fanning the Flames (1996) (Telarc, CD-83394) (with Johnny Adams, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, and other guest artists)

Southland of the Heart (1998) (Telarc, CD-83423)

Swingin' in the Rain (Classic Swing Tunes for Kids of All Ages) (1998) (Music for Little People/Rhino, R2-75311)

Meet Me Where They Play the Blues (1999) (Telarc, CD-83460) (with Charles Brown, Danny Caron, David Mathews, and other guest artists)

Maria Muldaur's Music for Lovers (2000, compilation) (Telarc, CD-83512)

Richland Woman Blues (2001) (Stony Plain, SPCD-1270) (with Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and other guest artists)

Animal Crackers in My Soup (& Other Songs Made Popular by Shirley Temple) (2002) (Music for Little People/Rhino, R2-78179) (with Carrie Lyn)

A Woman Alone with the Blues (...Remembering Peggy Lee) (2003) (Telarc, CD-83568)

Classic Live! (2003) (Burnside/DIG Music, UPC: 80440 30110 27) (live radio broadcasts from 1973 and 1975)

I'm a Woman: 30 Years of Maria Muldaur (2004, compilation) (Shout! Factory, SF-30219)

Sisters & Brothers (with Eric Bibb, and Rory Block) (2004) (Telarc, CD-83588)

Love Wants to Dance (2004) (Telarc, CD-83609)

Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul (Old Highway 61 Revisited) (2005) (Stony Plain, SPCD-1304) (with Taj Mahal, Tracy Nelson, Pinetop Perkins, Del Rey, Steve James, and other guest artists)

Heart of Mine: Maria Muldaur Sings Love Songs of Bob Dylan (2006) (Telarc, CD-83643)

Songs for the Young at Heart (2006, compilation) (Music for Little People/Earth Beat!/Rhino, R2-74541)

Naughty, Bawdy & Blue (2007) (Stony Plain, SPCD-1319) (with James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band and Bonnie Raitt)

Live in Concert (2008) (Global Recording Artists, UPC: 64641 31264 27)

Yes We Can! (2008) (Telarc, CD-83672) (with the Women's Voices for Peace Choir)

Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy: Good Time Music for Hard Times (2009) (Stony Plain, SPCD-1332)

Maria Muldaur's Barnyard Dance: Jug Band Music For Kids (2010) (Music for Little People/Rhino, R2-524467)

Christmas at the Oasis (Live at the Rrazz Room) (2010) (Global Recording Artists, UPC: 64641 31287 28)

Steady Love (2011) (Stony Plain, SPCD-1346)

...First Came Memphis Minnie...A Loving Tribute (2012) (Stony Plain, SPCD-1358) (with Rory Block, Ruthie Foster, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Koko Taylor, and other guest artists; Muldaur's 40th album)

Don't You Feel My Leg: The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (2018) (The Last Music Company) (Muldaur's 41st album)











MY NEW BOOK IS FINALLY OUT!

ENTITLED

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE

CHRONICLES, TRUTHS, CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM FROM THE MUSIC LEGENDS 

THAT SET US FREE!



 …Order yours today on 

(Collector edition) Hardcover

 or E-book

 at bookbaby.com and amazon.com

Featuring over 45 intimate conversations with some of

the greatest rock legends the world will ever know.

CHRIS SQUIRE... DR. JOHN... GREG LAKE... HENRY MCCULLOUGH... JACK BRUCE … JOE LALA…  JOHNNY WINTER... KEITH EMERSON... PAUL KANTNER...  RAY THOMAS... RONNIE MONTROSE... TONY JOE WHITE... DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS… MIKE LOVE... TOMMY ROE... BARRY HAY... CHRIS THOMPSON... JESSE COLIN YOUNG... JOHN KAY... JULIAN LENNON... MARK LINDSAY... MICKY DOLENZ… PETER RIVERA ...TOMMY JAMES… TODD RUNDGREN... DAVE MASON... EDGAR WINTER... FRANK MARINO... GREGG ROLIE... IAN ANDERSON... JIM “DANDY” MANGRUM... JON ANDERSON... LOU GRAMM... MICK BOX... RANDY BACHMAN… ROBIN TROWER...  ROGER FISHER... STEVE HACKETT... ANNIE HASLAM… ‘MELANIE’ SAFKA... PETULA CLARK... SUZI QUATRO... COLIN BLUNSTONE… DAVE DAVIES... JIM McCARTY... PETE BEST


THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

-Series One

BOOK TRAILER

 

BOOK REVIEW

-By Literary Titan (5) STARS

The Rock Star Chronicles, by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show. 

The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan. 

Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives. 

The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music.  The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.

I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time. 

https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   Gold Award Winner


Thursday, April 29, 2021

DAR.RA RENAISSANCE MAN/INDIE ROCK MUSIC SENSATION:EXCLUSIVE ZOOM INTERVIEW WITH RAY SHASHO ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS -BBS RADIO TV

 

D A R. R A

MUSICIAN-SINGER-SONGWRITER- PRODUCER-AUTHOR

A FAN FAVORITE  

on BBS RADIO TV

DAR.RA ZOOM INTERVIEW

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH

IN ITS ENTIRETY


Dar. Ra is a Music Writer, Producer and Author who earned his stripes with hits for EMI and 21 St Century. One of his tracks ‘Haunted Dancehall’ was featured in a Hollywood film starring Hilary Duff and the movie Snakes on a Planes. Dar.Ra played on BBC Radio Cambridge to a million people live when they connected their regional stations around the Midlands. 


Various EPs 'Now Is Now', Live For Love, Cease Fire and soundtrack to film documentary 'City Of Hope' have also had millions of streams and lead to the recent album 'New Kinda Normal'. The Rock N Roll tour de force, that has seen three singles really make some movements happen in America, with well received Music video’s for ‘Rock Steady’ and ‘Night-Stepper’ being shot in NYC, while ‘Diamonds N The Shadows’ being shot in Atlanta.

With two new EPs out ‘Stand Up For The Heroes’ a tribute to the keyworkers who have stood up to the task of the Pandemic and the Whisky n Honey EP this work continues to shape Dar. Ra’s musical catalogue.

REVIEWS: Dar. Ra Is A Fore-Runner of Rock Step. A New Sub Genre of Rock Music from The UK That Glues the Guitar Bliss Of Rock N Roll With The Euphoria Of EDM! …(Vevo)

Dar.Ra is a unique songwriter, producer and author who makes an Amazing blend of Rock and Soul Music (21st Artists Hollywood)  
Highly Impressive … (Planet Earth Radio USA)  
Well worth listening to this Artist … (Strutter Zine Mag Holland)  

I’ve worked with artists for many years and Dar.Ra is by far one of the best. Great music. Great promotion. Great Interviews with Interesting answers and stories. And the absolute best Promo Liners!! … (Zac Becker Sound Karma Radio)

Rock n Roll Diamond in The Rough … (Electro Wow USA)

Dar. Ra is an incredible act to follow as he is always evolving on each song with incredible results … (Indie People USA)

Dar. Ra infuses layers of vocals and instrumentation into each record he makes. The genius of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, came to mind while listening to “Phenomenal”, “Back to The Brink” and “Heart Shape Pill” … (Tune Loud Magazine USA)

Soul Powered Riffs Maximum … (Volume Magazine)

Rushing through with an intense energy is the colossal riffing of Dar.Ra’s “Heart Shape Pill” infuses a certain level of late-night sleaze into the proceedings resulting in an absolute blast of a track. Wild and carefree the song is pure bliss. … (Bongo Boy TV)

Nominated 'Heart Shape Pill' GK Rock Music Indie Radio Music Award -2018
Nominated 'Phenomenal' Rock Song of The Year Radio Wigwam FM -2018
Nominated IMA's Artist of The Year -2019 
Countdown Number 1 Single LOZ Radio USA 
Top 20 Radio Air Play Charts USA
Rock N Roll Sensation New Sound Express

Dar.Ra has also written two books under his full moniker Darragh J Brady entitled Road Tales which is about amazing people with life changing stories that he met while touring the globe and The Night That Jimi Died which is about a girl who channels the Spirit of Jimi Hendrix and rises to change the DNA of the World through Music. Both titles have also been given top reviews on Goodreads and Amazon Books. 

Purchase

THE NIGHT THAT 

JIMI DIED 

-Kindle Edition

By

DARRAGH J BRADY

at amazon books

What if souls could cross over at the point of life and death...?
What if your life was pre-ordained as a result of such a meeting as you were entering into the world...?
Kirsty born in Knightsbridge Infirmary London, the same hospital that a famous American Rock Hero had died in 20 years before. Could there be a connection between these two completely unlikely connected people...? Could Kirsty have the ability to hear the voice of this American Rock Star as she grows up to be one of the greatest Guitar Heros of her time...? Follow this strange tale of Angelic guidance as this reluctant Female Rock Star hero brings the world back from the brink through her incredible Music!

ALSO

ROAD TALES

-Kindle Edition

By  DARRAGH J BRADY

At amazon books

Road Tales is musicians look at the world through touring while meeting some incredible people with life-changing stories to tell.
Darragh aka Dar.Ra was signed to EMI at the age of 21 and been in the music game for a while with number 1 hits and nominations for Best Rock records to his name.
The Author began writing down meetings with everyday people with extraordinary challenges whom he felt needed their stories told.
Fascinated with what makes us humans tick, and how some people rise to the challenge of whatever life throws at them, from an Aboriginal Down Under who used the power of faith to heal a severe injury, to a
freedom fighter in Guatelemala who stood up for Native Land rights and a whole array of miracle people.
The book delves into the rich tapestry of the human psyche and asks the question what is Faith, Altruism, Spiritual healing, Animal communication, Physic ability, Remote Viewing and the Power Of Belief.
Everyday miracles that we pass by are explored to help people see that the impossible might just be possible if we choose to see our hidden powers.

MUSIC BY DAR.RA















For more information

About

DAR.RA

Visit

www.twitter.com/kushadeep

www.facebook.com/kushadeep

www.instagram.com/dar.ra.brady

https://www.reverbnation.com/kushadeepmusic





MY NEW BOOK

 IS FINALLY OUT!

ENTITLED

THE 

ROCK STAR

 CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE

CHRONICLES, TRUTHS, CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM FROM THE MUSIC LEGENDS THAT SET US FREE

 



…Order yours today on the 

(collector edition) Hardcover

or E-book

 at bookbaby.com and amazon.com

Featuring over 45 intimate conversations with some of

the greatest rock legends the world will ever know.

CHRIS SQUIRE... DR. JOHN... GREG LAKE... HENRY MCCULLOUGH... JACK BRUCE … JOE LALA…  JOHNNY WINTER... KEITH EMERSON... PAUL KANTNER...  RAY THOMAS... RONNIE MONTROSE... TONY JOE WHITE... DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS… MIKE LOVE... TOMMY ROE... BARRY HAY... CHRIS THOMPSON... JESSE COLIN YOUNG... JOHN KAY... JULIAN LENNON... MARK LINDSAY... MICKY DOLENZ… PETER RIVERA ...TOMMY JAMES… TODD RUNDGREN... DAVE MASON... EDGAR WINTER... FRANK MARINO... GREGG ROLIE... IAN ANDERSON... JIM “DANDY” MANGRUM... JON ANDERSON... LOU GRAMM... MICK BOX... RANDY BACHMAN… ROBIN TROWER...  ROGER FISHER... STEVE HACKETT... ANNIE HASLAM… ‘MELANIE’ SAFKA... PETULA CLARK... SUZI QUATRO... COLIN BLUNSTONE… DAVE DAVIES... JIM McCARTY... PETE BEST


THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE

BOOK TRAILER

 

BOOK REVIEW

-By Literary Titan (5) STARS

The Rock Star Chronicles, by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show. 

The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan. 

Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives. 

The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music.  The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.

I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time. 

https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   Gold Award Winner



Thursday, April 22, 2021

MARK FARNER: WE'RE CHEATING OUR FANS IF GRAND FUNK DOESN'T REUNITE! EXCLUSIVE ZOOM INTERVIEW WITH RAY SHASHO ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS -BBS RADIO TV

 


By popular demand!

HE'S BACK!

LEGENDARY GRAND FUNK RAILROAD

GUITAR/SINGER/SONGWRITER 

M A R K  F A R N E R 

Releases

Mark Farner’s American Band

'From Chile With Love'

Live DVD

EXCLUSIVE ZOOM INTERVIEW

ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS WITH RAY SHASHO


MARK FARNER ZOOM INTERVIEW

CLICK BELOW 

TO WATCH IN ITS ENTIRETY

 

As one of the founding members, lead singer, lead guitarist, and wrote 90% of the Grand Funk music catalog, Mark Farner has always been known as the energetic driving force on stage, the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts. From his soulful voice and power rock riffs, to fueling the Funk with his atomic stage presence. His story and his imprint on music starts with Flint and since 1969 from his humble beginnings and a blue-collar outlook, Farner has captained a global crusade for love and freedom and became a rock ‘n’ roll icon. 


50 years later – he commands the stage with the same intensity performing epic hits that defined a generation – “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)”, “Bad Time”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Foot Stompin’ Music”, “Heartbreaker”, “Locomotion”, “Mean Mistreater” and “We’re An American Band”.

Today, Farner’s amplifying his remarkable career another full decibel selling more than 30 million records worldwide, including 16 gold and platinum albums. Mark Farner’s American Band will honor Farner’s golden anniversary in music, as well as shine a spotlight on his legendary contributions to society, in his 2019-2020 50th Anniversary Tour.

“I am who my songs say I am,” Farner said.

We scheduled Mark back to the show immediately when we learned he has a new Live DVD entitled Mark Farner’s American Band From Chile With Love Live DVD available to preorder now at www.markfarner.com and out in stores April 6th 2021.

Pre-order

MARK FARNER'S 

AMERICAN BAND

L I V E

'From Chile With Love'

DVD:

At

www.markfarner.com


Available at stores 

April 6th 

 

For more information about

MARK FARNER

visit

www.markfarner.com

Mark Farner Official Website

https://www.facebook.com/MarkFarnerAmericanBand/

Mark Farner on Facebook

Twitter:  @REALMARKFARNER

YouTube: Mark Farner

Instagram: markfarners_americanband


Mark Farner's Mid-Michigan Flood Relief

Gofundme Page

Mark Farner Launches Mid-Michigan Flood Relief GoFundMe (Petoskey, Mich.) Legendary rock and roll guitarist and front man, Mark Farner, is helping those closer to home. This weekend he launched a GoFundMe campaign for his Michigan neighbors called the Mid-Michigan Flood Relief. The goal is to raise $25,000 to donate to the American Red Cross’ efforts to the areas affected by the Midland County flooding. Farner and his wife, Lesia, were the first to donate with $2,000.

 Link to the Mark Farner Mid-Michigan Flood Relief GoFundMe here… gf.me/u/x4b4v6

http://www.moxiepublicity.com/

moxie publicity official website

 MARK FARNER

DISCOGRAPHY

Studio albums

Mark Farner, 1977

No Frills, 1978

Just Another Injustice, 1988

Wake Up..., 1989

Some Kind of Wonderful, 1991

For the People, 2006

With Grand Funk Railroad

On Time (1969)

Grand Funk (1969)

Closer to Home (1970)

Live Album (1970)

Survival (1971)

E Pluribus Funk (1971)

Phoenix (1972)

We're an American Band (1973)

Shinin' On (1974)

All the Girls in the World Beware!!! (1974)

Born to Die (1976)

Good Singin', Good Playin' (1976)

Grand Funk Lives (1981)

What's Funk? (1983)

Bosnia (1996)

Other albums

Closer to Home, 1992 (best-of)

Heirlooms: The Complete Atlantic Sessions, 2000 (re-release of Farner's two first studio albums)

Red White and Blue Forever, 2002 (mini-album)

Live!! N'rG, 2003

Mark Farner the Rock Patriot, March 9, 2003 Live Extended Versions

 

 The Rock & Roll Soul

Music Video:









MY NEW BOOK IS 
FINALLY OUT!

ENTITLED

THE 

ROCK STAR 

CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE

CHRONICLES, TRUTHS, CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM FROM THE MUSIC LEGENDS THAT SET US FREE




 …Order yours today on

 collectors edition Hardcover 

or E-book

 at bookbaby.com and amazon.com

Featuring over 45 intimate conversations with some of

the greatest rock legends the world will ever know.

CHRIS SQUIRE... DR. JOHN... GREG LAKE... HENRY MCCULLOUGH... JACK BRUCE … JOE LALA…  JOHNNY WINTER... KEITH EMERSON... PAUL KANTNER...  RAY THOMAS... RONNIE MONTROSE... TONY JOE WHITE... DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS… MIKE LOVE... TOMMY ROE... BARRY HAY... CHRIS THOMPSON... JESSE COLIN YOUNG... JOHN KAY... JULIAN LENNON... MARK LINDSAY... MICKY DOLENZ… PETER RIVERA ...TOMMY JAMES… TODD RUNDGREN... DAVE MASON... EDGAR WINTER... FRANK MARINO... GREGG ROLIE... IAN ANDERSON... JIM “DANDY” MANGRUM... JON ANDERSON... LOU GRAMM... MICK BOX... RANDY BACHMAN… ROBIN TROWER...  ROGER FISHER... STEVE HACKETT... ANNIE HASLAM… ‘MELANIE’ SAFKA... PETULA CLARK... SUZI QUATRO... COLIN BLUNSTONE… DAVE DAVIES... JIM McCARTY... PETE BEST

 

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE

BOOK TRAILER

BOOK REVIEW

-By Literary Titan (5) STARS

The Rock Star Chronicles, by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show. 

The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan. 

Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives.

 The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music.  The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.

I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time. 

https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   Gold Award Winner