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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Haaf-Onion (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615454968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615454962
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,299,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Randye on June 9, 2011
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This book was like having the author with you drinking a cup of coffee. His personal trials in the radio industry are funny, frustrating and informative. I loved his rants regarding certain bands and respect his opinion on many of the music groups he critiqued.
James Vanosdol has given us a fun,sarcastic and very enjoyable book for anyone interested in music.
I hope this is just the beginning of many books to come. Rant on James.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan on June 4, 2011
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This book is truly a great read for anybody who is interested in the rock music scene, especially as it relates to Chicago and rock radio. Even if you aren't a fan of all of the artists covered in the book, James VanOsdol's wit is enough to keep you reading. Much of the book describes scenarios that any music fan can relate to; everything from meet and greet experiences to a chapter on "rock deaths" and looking for local radio coverage the day of Michael Jackson's death and surprisingly, only finding it on Q101 during a "pattern break."

The book is a great collection of the author's best blog entries, tweets and interviews on topics of interest to any music fan. All seen and reported through the eyes of a guy who has been part of rock radio and the music scene in Chicago for years.
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I picked up this book after being a fan of VanOsdol for years...and I can say I was not disappointed. It brought back a lot of memories and the writing style was great. Similar to a Chuck Klosterman style of writing, short chapters about different subjects all tied together. It's a great read for music fans, Chicagoans or anyone looking for a fun read.
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Having lived in Chicago during the 90s, I often heard James VanOsdol on the radio. He possessed a real love for rock, and it showed on his show. Every rock interview was thoughtful and articulate. Every song segue was that much cooler. Every bit of rock news was a little more insider. Little did I know he was just gathering intel for this: a book on rock and roll that covers it all from a unique vantage point. One of passion. And perspective. And opinion. (Hint: he hates the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A lot. And isn't afraid to voice his displeasure.) This is a great read for anyone who listens to contemporary music. For people who have been known to throw up a rawk fist at concerts. Or for those who remember what lighters are really for...you know, fans.
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