<DIV><DIV>Susie Vitale has been the wife of world renowned rock drummer Joe Vitale for the past thirty-five years. Over the past several years, she's recorded Joe's stories and has written them in this history-in-stories of Joe's career. She graduated from Kent State University and attended Malone College and Akron University for postgraduate studies. She is the President of The Community Television Consortium and has been the host of the television program ""What's Happening In Stark County"" for over 20 years. Joe Vitale has spent more than forty years playing and recording with legendary artists and bands.</DIV>
Joe Vitale, drummer for Joe Walsh, CSN, Dan Fogelberg and too many others to mention has placed his own stories of the studio and the road in print. Rather than being a "tell-all" book that slams his cohorts and fellow musicians, this is an amazingly positive tale with a lot of humor and insight into being a rock and roll musician. Unlike Don Felder's tome, Joe Vitale really does look at things from an upbeat and entertaining perspective. If you want something besides dirt from someone who was really there, this is the book for you. If you are looking for dirt, there are a lot of other books out there that don't have near the humor nor outlook that Joe and Susie Vitale have in this book.
Even if this book had been written about musicians you'd never heard of, it would have been good. The celebrity aspect just enhances the experience. I was horrified at some of the bad boy antics, laughed out loud at others, and felt nostalgia for those days of originality and talent. When the cop walks into the hotel room, his feet squishing on the wet carpet (while the band is denying any knowledge of the water fight) and tells the bass player to get out of bed, which he does, fully dressed in his wet clothes...well, you'll have to read it for yourself.
One of the best written books I have read for quite awhile. It was like sitting down with a good friend and talking about the "good old days". I liked that he didn't bad mouth anyone and had nothing nasty to say about friends or possible enemies.
I bought Joe's book at a book signing and he was gracious enough to autograph it for me. I wanted the book because I had read good reviews and knew well the cast of characters. What a refreshing book! The stories are interesting and entertaining, presented in a conversational tone so that you feel Joe is telling you the story over dinner. The musicians you may know, but these stories you have not read elsewhere. This is a book worht refering to friends and family!
There are plenty of books out there that trash their fellow musicians but this isn't one of them. You get a lot of into personal insight into what it was like for Joe Vitale and his 40+ years in the rock and roll business. You learn why and how he choses the drums as his instrument of choice, how it affects his life and the rock and roll icons he meets and works with along the way. We get and embrace how Italian he is. Joe is a light-hearted character. By the time you are done reading this book you feel like you've been on the adventure with him and you were glad you went along for the ride.