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Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'N' Roll Survivor Paperback – February 1, 2008
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Al Kooper is a musician's musician. His experience spans the history of good popular music from the late '50s to the present. It is intriging to figuratively be a "fly on the wall" as Al relates his experiences with the Blues Project, Dylan, BS&T, Bloomfield, Skynrd, Jimmy Vivino, the Beatles, Stones...shall I go on? His wit, objectivity about himself and down to earth perspective on events which (although many of us see in mythic proportions - Dylan's Highway '61, for instance)he actually lived, make this book a uniqely honest portrayal of the period. If you are a guitar player who grew up during the mid-late '60s in America, you probably were either a Bloomfield or Kalb fan. Well, Al played with both of them. If you are a Hammond B3 player who grew up during the same period, well, you must be aware of Al's work. For you other people who may not know about Mr. Kooper's contributions,you you are in for a surprise, a big one!! Mr. Kooper, as a working musician, provides inside details of events only someone with his experience could. This book is highly recommended for anyone who has even a passing interest in rock, blues, culture or just likes a good read. "Dr." Kooper is one of the good guys and really delivers with this one!!
Al's writing style is remarkably conversational in tone, like you're kicking back with an old friend who is regaling you with stories and anecdotes from an extrordinary career in the music biz.
To his credit, Al doesn't just give you the the stuff that makes him look good, he gives you the bad and the ugly too. You get the whole enchilada: the sex, the drugs, AND the Rock n' Roll.
In sum, you get a fascinating glimpse into the life of a sucessful musician, composer, arranger, and producer who had the uncanny good fortune of being in the right place at the right time, and made the most of each opportunity. I cannot recommend this book too highly -- buy it, read it, digg it.
The book is gritty and moves quickly. There are parts that will make you cringe (Oh no! I can't believe he's going to do that) like you are watching an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
He's clear that he's seen bad times. He's amazingly honest about a lot of it. You get a taste of the boredom and frustration of being a bit of a rock star. But don't feel too bad for him. He's had lots of exhilarating good times as well. And, at this point in his life, he seems like the last guy who would want anyone to feel sorry for him.
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An okay read. It's not as interesting as I thought/hoped it would be, but it does have a few interesting stories in it.Published 1 day ago by Karen T. Lynam
A great read and a fascinating look at the music business through the eyes of someone who not only played with some of the greatest artists, but also produced some of rock's iconic... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Grant Burton
Great read. Al has had one of the most incredible musical careers ever and this is a fun, insightful look into it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by bluezinger
Great read. Incredible life of the jack of all trades. Breezy book, great gift for fans of late 60's, early 70's revolutionary music.Published 2 months ago by Terry G Flesher
He produced some of the great albums of the time, Skynrds Second Helping, the Tubes great album, and of course the Dylan stories are fun. Read morePublished 2 months ago by scottmc59
Easy free flowing read takes you into the heart of classic rock and roll. If you grew up on music in the sixties and seventies, you'll enjoy Mr. Koopers journeys.Published 3 months ago by R. Liemer