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“If you’re a rock fan, a gossip lover, or a head banger from way back, Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths will hit the right note.” - Terri Schlichenmeyer’s syndicated book reviews



“The book is surprising deep in coverage, tackling more than 50 myths, urban legends and stories over a cross section of genres, everything from Kiss and Donna Summers to the Ohio Players and Sid Vicious.” - Blurt magazine


“The book is filled with fun facts and the debunking of rumors. If you think you already know everything there was to know about your favorite bands, just read this.” - CurledUp.com

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Beginning with the apocryphal tale of Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads, veteran music journalists Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz take on the real stories behind rock’s biggest crocks, half-truths, and too-strange-to-be-false myths and legends, examining how and why these tales came to be in the first place and how they have persisted through the years. Of course there’s sex (Did members of Led Zeppelin pleasure a groupie with a mud shark in a Holiday Inn bathtub?), drugs (Did the Beatles spark a spliff in Buckingham?), and rock ’n’ roll (Does The Wall sync up to The Wizard of Oz?). But there’s also the quasi-medical (Rod Stewart and that stomach pump, Marilyn Manson’s spare rib), the culinary (Alice Cooper and chickens, Ozzy Osbourne and bats, Frank Zappa and . . . well, never mind), the downright silly (McCartney dead? Morrison, Elvis, and Tupac alive?), and even a few doozies that appear to have at least a kernel of truth to them (Keith Richards taking a bump of his dearly departed father’s ashes, Van Halen and those M&Ms, and blood in the ink of the 1977 KISS comic book). In all, the authors examine 57 enduring yarns, in the process revealing the machinations of myth-making in the fast and loose world of rock, country, and pop.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076034230X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760342305
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed reading this book. I'm a big music fan and thought I knew most of the stories about most of the bands and artists - but I learned a lot! Several of the myths - and stories behind the myths - were new to me and really interesting ("Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players to name one). A good read - perfect for your airport or airplane reading, especially!
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The lowdown on lots of rumors I'd always wondered about - like whether Ozzy Osbourne had really bitten the head off a bat. (Read the book and find out - no spoilers here.)
Read it in about a day, and would love to see a sequel or a series. There's lots of rumors out there.
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If you're a long-time rock fan, you've probably heard or read about all those far-out, wild, hairy and downright unbelievable stories of rock stars behaving badly. Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz compiled, examined and evaluated over 60 of those tales, the result being ROCK 'N' ROLL MYTHS, a breezy, somewhat tongue-in-cheek guide that proclaims it has THE TRUE STORIES BEHIND THE MOST INFAMOUS LEGENDS.

Paging through this 2012 Voyageur Press release, you'll get the full details on many hoary legends. For example, did Mama Cass choked to death on a ham sandwich? Did Brian Jones drown or was he murdered? What does Led Zeppelin, a red snapper and a young groupie have in common? Did Ziggy Stardust and Jumping Jack Flash do the dirty? Ditto for John Lennon and Brian Epstein? Did Macca die in 1969 only to replaced in the Beatles by a ringer? Why was Gram Parsons' body spirited away and burned in the desert? How much hard time did Johnny Cash really serve in the slammer? Did Keef have a total blood transfusion? What's with Van Halen and brown M&Ms? Did Ozzy really bite off the head of a live bat? Is Mr. Green Jeans Frank Zappa's father? Is Lady Gaga a hermaphrodite? And so on.

The book is nicely illustrated with color and b&w photographs throughout.

So, if you want to know "the rest of the (rock music) story," pick up a copy of Graff and Durchholz's book and get a rock 'n' roll edumacation. Recommended.
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Like a two and a half minute blast of classic pop rock, this was a fun experience. Not too heavy and not too deep - just short blasts of rock'n roll myth-buster info researched by the two authors. Some of the legends have already been debunked (no, Paul is still not dead and Rod Stewart never serviced the fleet), while others can still be questioned (what's the bloody truth Keef and KISS?). Rock fans of all ages will find their favorite myths are included, and cross the generation gap by reading up on acts they really know nothing about. In some cases, thanks to this book, they'll know the myths before the music.
Each myth is a short story, which makes this a good book to pick up and put down when the mood and schedule fits. A great source of conversation starters when hanging around with your rock'n roll know-it-all pals. With this resource, you'll know it all.
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By Judith on May 14, 2014
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You'll probably know which myths are true and which are not, but it's still fun. I mean, you did know Paul isn't dead, didn't you? All the classic rumors are here; Keith Richards snorted his father's ashes, Ozzy and that bat, Keith Richards getting his blood replaced, Gene Simmons tongue extension, etc. There are myths from all eras, but I would say more are from the boomer era, probably because personalities were bigger back then. There is more coverage of hard rock and metal personalities than other genres, but that is probably because those guys cultivate that badass image. I mean, when was the last time you heard of a fan throwing a bat at Aretha? Even when you already know the answer, it's still fun to read the stories behind the myths. Like, Gene Simmons thinks his long tongue is a gift. Why? Let's not go there.
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I purchased this book as a secret santa gift for my-coworker. I have not read it but flipped through it and the content seemed great.

My only disappointment is that the cover is a bit beat up and the K in Rock is completely torn. I love purchasing from Amazon and have never received a damaged item before. Unfortunately, I have to give it to my co-worker tonight so there is no time to return it and receive a replacement.
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This item was an add on gift for a music fan. It arrived later than expected so wound up keeping myself and gave the intended recipient something else. I already knew most of these stories, but once I finish thumbing through I will re-gift to someone who will enjoy it.
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I loved this book so much that I bought several copies as gifts for xmas and birthdays. It answers questions that I have wondered about for years. I is definitely a page turner. A must for old rockers as well as new.
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