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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Vagabondage Press LLC (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981919898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981919898
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,375,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I tend to read a lot of music-related books. Over the past few months I've finished Decoded by Jay-Z, A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio by Paul Myers and Just Kids by Patti Smith. I just started reading You Must Go and Win by Alina Simone and can't seem to put it down. I hope to post something about each of these books in the near future.

A friend shared his copy of this book with me. The compelling stories are exceptionally well written, and relate the lives of touring musicians and touring fans, label signings gone awry, the evolution of life as a roadie, and even one about a DJ with a serial killer for a caller. There are 16 stories all told, and each one held its own. Taken together, it's really an impressive collection of rock `n' roll narratives.

I hope you'll get a copy and enjoy it as much as I did!
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Experienced: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction is a kickass and surprisingly heartfelt anthology that covers the brightly lit front rooms, the shady back rooms, and all the in-between-hard-to-classify rooms of the rock music world from the last few decades to today. It's a greasy, well worn road map of music and culture, decorated with drawings of memorable groupies and sweaty venues (there are actual drawings in the book, too, and they're awesome) and smeared with enough resin and LSD to keep you grinning and giggling for hours.

Tim Weed's Steal Your Face recounts the misadventures of a young man as he follows the Grateful Dead, during which time he must contend with drug fueled crowds, exploding VW buses, and his own fuzzy expectations about romantic relationships.

Pg. 24: "Later that day, I walk down to the 7-Eleven to try her again, but no one answers. In the VW on the way to Red Rocks that night, I sit in the far back and watch the foothills of the Rockies pass by, rolling yellow-green ridges hung with mist from afternoon thundershowers. Maybe I've died without knowing it. Maybe that would explain why I can't quite seem to get in touch with Otter."

There's a very real and touching nostalgia seeping through these pages, a steady drip that induces bittersweet twinges in the stomach. It's being old enough to witness the evolution, to recognize landmarks representing a different era.

From Corey Mesler's The Growth and Death of Buddy Gardner, pg. 57: "The abandoned gas station stood on corner in midtown Memphis like a sepulcher, but it was soon transmogrified into a holy place, a place where anything could happen. A place as bright as the Sun, as holy as Stax. It is where Black Lung was born. Today it is a Taco Bell.
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