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My Life In The Ghost Of Planets: The Story Of A CBGB Almost-Was - A Single Notes Book [Kindle Edition]

Binky Philips
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Book Description

"Binky writes with the same infectious enthusiasm that drew me to him at The High School of Music and Art. We were the outcasts among outcasts.
Ultimate fans in search of the ultimate dream; to be one with our heroes and share the glory, girls, and all the accoutrement that was to be reveled in as members of the Rock and Roll hierarchy. I'm thrilled that, in spite of what may never have quite happened for him, Binky remains a Fanboy at heart and still lights up at every memory tucked away in that file cabinet he calls his head."

- Paul Stanley, KISS singer/songwriter/guitarist


"Binky Philips and The Planets were one of the star bands of the original CBGB scene. They were already around when early 70's rock transitioned from Glam Rock into the Punk movement. There was a lot more variety at CBGB than people might now be aware of. The Planets were a great example of the virtuoso-led school of music, just one of the ingredients that made a night out at CBGB an eclectic event.
Binky's story gives you a good view of what it was like to be in a band that was part of the inner-workings of the CBGB era."

- Tommy Ramone Erdelyi, Ramones drummer/producer


"The Planets were the best rock & roll band I never saw or heard. I know this because when I got to New York, just in time for the band's demise, everyone I met told me what I'd missed. I also know it because the tale told here, with wit, passion, and contagious hysteria, is the greatest busted-dream story I've ever read. It's so good it should
come with a Planets album. If only there was one."

- David Fricke, Senior Editor, Rolling Stone

Whoa, wait a minute, just who is this Binky guy?
There once was a boy who simply had to make it as a rock star. He learned to play guitar, really play the motherfucker, struggling with the uncooperative beast while everyone else basked in the summer's sun and threw various-sized balls at each other. This boy, Brooklyn
Heights'Binky Philips, never relented. At the age of 16, he was ready to Form A Band. By the end of 1972, as the guitarist/songwriter for The Planets, Binky was sharing stages with The New York Dolls, KISS, The Ramones, Television, Blondie, et al. Our boy Bink was embedded in the heart of a pure organic moment of creativity and paradigm change as a regular performer at CBGB and Max's Kansas City. In "My Life In the Ghost of Planets," Binky Philips recounts those days of raucous fun and furious heartbreak.

"I've known the author since we were little kids. Starting in 1973, I saw dozens of Planets shows. Yet, much of this story is news to me. I am glad to have my own first-hand memories (and a few dusty cassette recordings) as evidence of what a great band the Planets were. This story makes it all vivid."
- Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, Premiere Radio Networks, etc.


"I have great respect for Binky's ardor and dedication. The Planets would have been a great English Rock Band. Where they failed was in the area of Quirkiness. They were in the wrong venue (CBGB) to capitalize on their considerable talents. That said, this was a fun read, particularly Binky's pre-CBGB travails."
- Richard Lloyd, Television guitarist, solo artist


"Binky was, and is, the real deal when looking at NYC Underground Rock n Roll history. When The Planets hit the stage at Max's Kansas City in 1977, they delivered all the fire and promise of the mystic streets. They grabbed me by the front of my shirt and threw me into a life of
Rock n Roll. I am eternally grateful."

- Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth and beyond...


Product Details

  • File Size: 703 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Rhino (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008527QCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I am told there is a glitch that is being worked on, that once corrected will allow all Kindle owners to download the book. Please don't give this book a 1 star review and punish the author for Amazon's mistake.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I'll admit I only knew about The Planets from a mention on the CBGB's book. This book by Binky Philips was a really interesting and often heartbreaking tale of chasing your dreams and coming up short. With the passion he professes to have for his music serving as fuel, Philips' story is a great reminder of how exhilarating, and fickle, the music business could be, epecially in the 70s.
I look forward to hearing his music someday, and reading more of his tales.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Home run! Binky Philips hits one out of the park with this book. I've been impatiently waiting for him to publish a long format work ever since I began reading his Huff Post pieces - which should definitely be made available as a collection (hint). I devoured this in one sitting, in fact I literally couldn't put it down. Binky really knows how to engage his readers, writing in a humorous, taut style that kept me enthralled. As for the subject matter, I was right there in the CBGB trenches, and there isn't a single observation or characterization that isn't spot on. I give it my highest recommendation. Keep 'em coming Binky!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inadvertent shilling sucks! July 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I want to sincerely apologize for what happened in June with the free download portion of Rhino's launch of Single Notes.
I was made to (at least indirectly) like a shill for Kindle Fires.
Eeeeeoooo!

Now, I'm stuck (for perpetuity even!) with 21 irate one star reviews.
Uhhh... Dang!

The 11 five star reviews bring me up to a tres stud-ly two and a half stars.
BTW, those five star reviews filled my heart to my eyes getting misty several times.
So, all in all, I guess I'm good, thanks!

PS I'm putting this up with five stars because the last time I read it, I really enjoyed it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just an "almost was" tale... June 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Philip's story is filled of brushes with the giants, successes and disappointments, and toeing the line (aerobatically, in some spots) between self-glorification and self deprevation, until it's much more than just a cautionary tale for those dreaming of rock-star status. While most would-be rockers reach for the brass ring (although some of us--myself included--were too lazy to even reach), Binky rode the ride several times, feeling the texture on his fingers, pulling at it's weight, only to have it recoil time and time again. But even more, it fills that gap in so many "History of Rock" chronicles; the dusty tomes that end with Woodstock, Altamont, and the Beatles breakup fade out to fade in to the Bee Gees and "Jive Talkin'", when many a farm boy like myself had to make due with "rock" that felt at home in a D&D tournament, or pop borrowing generously from such "legends" as the Partridge Family and the Carpenters, eventually just giving in and listening, comatose, to the barrage of disco on the FM radio in my father's Electra. Here is an insiders view of the rumblings that would create glam, glimmer, punk and New Wave, and Philips puts you on the ground floor, weaving an intricate pattern of love, lust, adventure, heroes, villians, and the dangers of wearing nail polish while making use of public transportation. One suggestion? A companion mp3 offering, that the reader may enjoy the music being described. I'd buy that!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Life You Can't Miss June 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a compelling story told by an excellent writer with a sense of humor and wit. It describes a time and place in rock music that will drag you in--even if you're not a rocker by nature.

It's not without sadness (How I Didn't Make It), but it's an absolutely fascinating view of the events of the 60's and 70's in the NYC local rock scene.

Do not pass this one up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Famous June 21, 2012
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Luckily, I was able to download this to MY PHONE. I don't do a lot of heavy reading on MY PHONE, but this was a short tale. It was entertaining, and Binky has a nice tongue-in-cheek conversational style. This dude was on the verge of 'making it' so many times, but everything happens for a reason and he is not bitter about any of it. A good, fun read for YOUR PHONE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Anyone Who Loves Rock n' Roll June 9, 2012
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Yes, definitely don't take out your frustrations for these technical issues on the book itself by giving it a poor rating. It's a fantastic story about what it was like to grow up in Brooklyn, NY when the real greats of rock were new...including the explosion of the punk rock movement. You'll feel like you're right there in the story because Philips pulls you in so well. ReKindled (if you'll excuse the pun) my passion for the music just by reading the first few pages. Now I'm pulling out old records!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read. On the short side. Some good inside stories of the CBGB's era.
Published 1 month ago by P. Lovell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
I just watched the CBGB movie (starring Snape from Harry Potter as Hilly), and wanted to learn more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eric S. Lindquist
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book
Reading this story brought me back in time to myown experiences in the late 70's rock scene.Heartbreaking and hysterical reading Mr.Philips story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pentaxian
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy a trip...
Binky takes you down a path of sex, drugs, and a whole lotta Rock N Roll as his band the Planets were doomed from the start. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars music lovers will dig
a good story and well written. not music that I listen to but I found it interesting, vrry much so
Published 19 months ago by Charles P. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read with great stories! Really puts you on the inside of...
I heard about this one through a twitter Q+A with the author, Binky Philips. The guy has some great stories about the NYC underground music scene from the 70s, which I'm obsessed... Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by Brodie Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Time
This story is worth checking out. It's a very honest and ironic look at the road to success (or not) in the music scene at CBGB's back in the '70s.
Published on August 8, 2012 by Arnie W
5.0 out of 5 stars Binky is the man!!!! The Planets Rock!!
Binky Phillips shares some interesting anecdotes about the Halcyon days of The 1970's and 1980's New York City CBGB's rock scene. Read more
Published on July 30, 2012 by Shelster
5.0 out of 5 stars The Planets RULE!!
This incredible book by Binky Philips is a must-read for anyone who has ever picked up a guitar and played in a band, or for that matter, anyone who has ever dreamed of doing so. Read more
Published on July 27, 2012 by dh
5.0 out of 5 stars A Street Level View of the NYC Rock Scene in the 70's
Let me start by saying that I'm a friend of the author. With that being said this is a great book. It's a one man's look at the struggles, mistakes and misfortunes of his rock band... Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by Rob H.
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