If anything deserves a great review, it should be this beautiful hardcover book! Randy Rhoads fans will never believe their eyes when they see what's inside and all it contains. It's equivalent to the Kisstory book in thickness and quality. It was very unexpected to view so many photos that have never been seen before in any publication. It's really well written and there is so much new material that I have never read before now. It includes great heartfelt stories from Lori Hollen, Jodi (Raskin) Vigier, Jan McGuire and many others that were extremely close to Randy. It goes through his life, the Quiet Riot years, Ozzy years, his passing and the aftermath. There are comments and interviews included, in addition to the story, that are a great read. This is the most comprehensive book on the life of this much loved, brilliant guitar player. I especially enjoyed the anecdotes about Randy's sense of humor. There are photos from the much talked about guitar seminar held in Pennsylvania, as well as detailed photos of his gear and guitars and some of the now famous Ridgefarm Studios. Another treat was to see some of the personal photos of fans meeting Randy. A highlight was a full page of handwritten thank you notes to Ridgefarm from Randy and the entire band. Some really beautiful large-sized photos are featured throughout. The hard work and care really shows in this special gem. I have been waiting 30 years to see and own something like this. A first class release on Randy Rhoads is finally here! I've always been a true fan of Randy's and I'm incredibly happy I own this book! It's a must-have and worth every penny! No one will be disappointed! --Amazon
This incredible book answers the questions I have had regarding Randy Rhoads for over 30 years! For years, I have wondered who the woman was pictured in the Tribute Live album cover and now I know. This is one of the most amazing collection of pictures and facts I have ever read or seen and the writer's have really done their homework. From what I understand, this is now out of print, so don't miss out on this incredible compilation. I can't begin to wonder where Randy would be today, but I can tell you that I have thought about him and his incredible contribution to musical history nearly everyday since that fateful day, March 19th, 1982. It is such a shame that the original Blizzard of Oz band with all of it's chemistry didn't continue on here in America (along with Randy) and make more music than just those two first albums. They wrote all of that incredible music and never got the recognition nor the monies that rightfully should have been paid to them. I wonder if Randy (and his family) got screwed too? At any rate, Ozzy never recaptured the original energy or chemistry with the quality of the songwriting and performance that he had with Randy Rhoads, Lee Kerslake, and Bob Daisley. That was THE Blizzard of Oz band...Too bad we never saw them in Amerca... I am thankful for this work of art. For that I say thank you to the writers for all of their hard work and research in the making of this fine piece work that will most likely stand as the definitive history of all things Randy Rhoads. God Bless you, Randy. You will always be missed and we will always wonder what might have been... --Amazon
This book is worth every penny of the price. It looks like it took all involved years to create. You know that you are getting an accurate picture of Randy Rhoads when his friends, bandmates and girlfriends are all interviewed. I found the chapter concerning the plane crash and the chapter hearing from the photographers who captured his image to be the most compelling. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the late great guitarist. There is nothing else as comprehensive about Randy Rhoads currently available and I have personally read every book about him. A great book to have on your coffee table for others to enjoy. --Amazon
About the Author
Steven Rosen is a professional music journalist with a career spanning over 37 years. During this period, he has published well over 1,000 articles appearing in major periodicals originating from around the globe. Everywhere from the United States and Canada to Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, England, Australia, Brazil and even Katmandu. Amongst the publications Rosen s work has appeared in are Guitar Player, Guitar World, Guitarist, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Musician, US, Creem, Circus, Player, Total Guitar, Classic Rock, Mojo, Roadie Crew, This Is Rock, Rhythm, Drum! and a myriad of others. He is also a main contributor to the influential music site, Ultimate-Guitar. He was the West Coast correspondent for Guitar World magazine for four years during the seminal mid- 80s when he wrote seven cover stories (three lead features on Edward Van Halen are now recognized as pivotal pieces on that artist). As a contributor to Guitar Player magazine, he wrote a prodigious 16 covers in a six-year span (one out of every four was his). The 1977 Frank Zappa front-cover contribution represented the periodical s biggest selling issue to that date. Additionally, GP, in two special reprint issues, utilized his stories on Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page as cover material (Rock Guitarists published by Guitar Player Productions and Rock Guitarists Vol. II distributed by Guitar Player Books). He served as West Coast Editor for Fachblatt, one of Germany s most respected and highest circulated magazines (during his tenure, more than half of the cover features were Rosen-based compositions). He currently lends his hand to Player, a Japanese periodical employing his services for over 30 years. A recognized authority on the eclectic world of rock, Rosen has been tapped six times to write books on some high-profile individuals (including one book on the history of rock for children). His first book was The Beck Book on guitarist Jeff Beck that required a second printing due to the crazed demand (published in Japan in 1978). The Artist Formerly Known As Prince was part of the Rock Lives series orchestrated by Castle Communications and distributed by The Penguin Group (1995). Bruce Springsteen, an eponymous-titled bio published by Castle Communications was also part of the Rock Lives series (1995). The Story of Black Sabbath: Wheels Of Confusion was a book on the classic metal band that is now in its third printing (1996). Free At Last: The Story of Free and Bad Company was published in 2001. In 2008, he wrote The Story of Rock Music, a book on the history of rock music for children. In 2011, Rosen collaborated with Andrew Klein to pen an extensive biography of the late Randy Rhoads. The iconic Quiet Riot / Ozzy Osbourne guitarist perished in an airplane accident in 1982, just as his star began to shine.