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With 40-plus years of flat-out, four-on-the-floor blues-based rock to their credit, Aerosmith are one of the greatest—and most mercurial—rock 'n' roll bands of all-time. This massive, illustrated celebration is the first of its kind to provide a front-row seat to the Boston Bad Boys’ entire career: scrapping their way across country in the 1970s, scrapping their way back to the top of the heap in the late 1980s, and scrapping with each other the entire way. Music journalist Richard Bienstock’s lively history of the band’s rise, fall, and rebirth is illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and collectibles, including gig posters, backstage passes, ticket stubs, 7-inch picture sleeves, and vintage T-shirts. The book also includes an extensive discography and assessments of each of the band’s studio albums, written by such distinguished rock scribes as Daniel Bukszpan, Neil Daniels, Chuck Eddy, Bill Holdship, Greg Kot, Martin Popoff, Bud Scoppa, Phil Sutcliffe, and Jaan Uhelszki. The result is a visually stunning portrait of the band many have called America’s best.

About the Author

Richard Bienstock is an editor with Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines and the author of Aerosmith: The Ultimate Illustrated History (Voyageur Press, 2011) and Slash: An Intimate Portrait (Insight Editions, 2012).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760341060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760341063
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Julian A. Schulz on September 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Don't let the somewhat generic looking cover fool you, this book is a visual
treat for hardcore Aerosmith fans.
The first half is loaded with some incredible photographs, from my favorite era,
the 70's.
You also get some really interesting text from each year, documenting
the albums & history of that time.
It is all laid out in a nice hardcover shell, with a clear slipcase.
The spine has a sort of "Get your wings" font, which looks really vintage & cool.
I had heard about this particular book coming out, but never expected it to be
so thorough & classy.
As a longtime fan of Aerosmith (a somewhat jaded one, at that), this book comes
highly recomended!
Check it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve 1967 on May 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you first think this book is just a swooning fan piece with a lot of pretty pictures, think again!

This book gives a great account of the bands career, covering all eras, all albums, with a sometimes critical and unbiaised eye. I learned a lot and have been a fan of Aerosmith for years.

And the photos and illustrations are great! There's a ton of older and cool memorabilia listed as well. Defintiely worth your dollars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SOBDRUM on March 29, 2013
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Meticulously compiled, but I stil have hope that in my lifetime a true, obsessed and devoted fan of the band will do a history of Aerosmith and get the facts right on the PHOTOS! There's many shots, particularly from the early years, that are all incorrect in terms of when they were taken. The Toys In The Attic, Rocks, Get Your Wings and first tour are all almost always confused. This book is no exception. Shots from the Rocks tour that say they are from the Toys tour, shots from the Get Your Wings tour that say they are from the first tour, on and on. It's very frustrating - for one who was there at the time watching and knows the difference - that there is such a lack of true fan focus going on in the archiving of when the photos are actually from.
Much of the text, as always, has multiple factual flaws, as it's all just re-printed articles, reviews, interviews, etc.
With all that said, it's still a must for fans of the band who want a visual history of them from the very beginning up to a few years ago. It would just be nice - just ONCE - if they got the dates right...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By joey bortnick on November 28, 2011
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I LOVE this book! It came quickly and nicely packaged! It is a great coffee table book with great pics and lots of good information on the band. A very nice book for fans! Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Tekavec on November 22, 2014
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This book is full of factual flaws from the beginning. The band didn't form in New Hampshire (a couple of the guys vacationed there as kids). People in the photos are misnamed (if you don't know the difference between Elyssa Perry and Bebe Buell you are in no position to write about this band, period). If you love Aerosmith stick to the following books, Walk This Way, Rocks by Joe Perry and Steven Tyler's autobiography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori_R on February 7, 2012
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My husband bought this for our son's girlfriend for Christmas, but I really should have gotten him a copy for himself. And myself. The book had some great pictures, even for people our age who grew up with the band, and perfect as a gift. The biography of the band was awesome, written in an easy tone that makes it enjoyable to read. It's definitely not a dry read, but allows you to get into the story of the band.
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Arrived well packaged and
Very Quick.Delivery
Have not had a chance to read it yet so can not comment on Book it self .Perfect Book for me being a big Fan
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By Barbara Liewes on July 30, 2013
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I chose this rating because the book was well set out and the information about the boys was great, love it.
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