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The Greatest Music Never Sold: Secrets of Legendary Lost Albums by David Bowie, Seal, Beastie Boys, Chicago, Mick Jagger, and More! Paperback – July 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309053
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan LeRoy is an author, journalist and teacher who has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Village Voice, Alternative Press and National Review Online. Mr. LeRoy is certainly the only person in history to have contributed to publications founded by William F. Buckley, Jr. and by Gene Simmons of KISS.

He has written two books: one about the Beastie Boys classic Paul's Boutique, for Continuum's 33 1/3 series, and one about famous unreleased albums, The Greatest Music Never Sold.

Mr. LeRoy is the director of literary arts at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School near Pittsburgh, PA. He is also a member of Bohemian Tories, the world's premier conservative soul-jazz ensemble, whose debut album, iCons, was released in August 2013. Hear more at https://soundcloud.com/bohemiantories

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This book includes a chapter on the demos Ray Davies recorded in 1987 of the songs he wrote for the musical "80 Days". Dan is pretty thorough in his research, interviewing playwright Snoo Wilson, director Des McAnuff and arranger Robby Merkin. Very informative, and highly recommended to any Kinks fan who wants to learn more about these songs.
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This is such a great idea for a book, I can't believe someone hasn't thought of it before now. LeRoy does the idea justice, as the book is thoroughly-researched (he spoke to just about everyone who is anyone) and informed. And, unlike many people who attempt books on rock music, LeRoy is a fine writer. An excellent book for anyone who is interested in popular music...and for anyone who just likes a good read!
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Disclaimer: I bought this book to learn about Chicago's then unreleased album "Stone of Sisyphus" and I only read that chapter.

Chicago back in 93 recorded their unreleased album "Stone of Sisyphus". There were many stories floating around about this album to a point where it had become legend. I as many fans of Chicago got a bootleg copy of this album and it instantly became one of my favorites. I wanted to know more about the history of this album and how it came about and I was lead to this book by Dewayne Bailey, former guitarist for Chicago, who was interviewed for this book. It covers in detail a lot of the conflicts and it shows the love and care put into this album by the band and producer Peter Wolf who really worked to get the band back to their roots where they were creating this music and not a bunch of outsiders. If you want to get the closest thing to the true story of this album this is the book to get.

As a side note, Chicago has since released Stone of Sisyphus so it is no longer "Lost" but sadly the bootlegs sound much better and has a better mix so to me the real "Stone of Sisyphus" had not been released.
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I primarily bought this for the Juliana Hatfield chapter. Great subject with a lot of resources. The writing style sometimes leaves the story bit scattered so sometimes it's a bit tough to follow. Other than that great! Will buy volume two if Dan writes it.
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I bought this book for the explicit purpose of furthering my research on writing the Wikipedia article about the album "Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus" by Chicago. I read only the chapter about this album. I found all of the relevant body contents for free on Google Books, but I wanted the appendix for its sources.

The book is well written and very comprehensive. It's written about subjects which are partially exact (featuring quotations and industry facts), and partially speculative (exploring potential motives and summarizing very complex things). But it still gives tons of intimate core details and extraneous trivial details, sometimes almost as if I had been there and was remembering things myself. It features the author's own voice in the whole matter, because the subject of "long lost" albums does involve a lot of mind-blowing summary speculation. However, it does so usually to a neutral minimum, focusing instead on firsthand accounts.

It's the most comprehensive source next to Dawayne Bailey's own web site and the direct interviews with the band, which I cited in the Wikipedia article. It elucidates upon the complications across the entire industry, though I still don't know what the heck most of the Warner Bros executives were thinking or why their personnel were replaced!
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