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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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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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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book! I was particularly interested in the Mick Jagger story on his collaboration with Lester Butler. I'm researching Lester for an upcoming radio show I'm doing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by David Harrison
I was really excited by this book as researching and attempting to reconstruct unreleased albums (think "Chrome Dreams" or the original proposed issue of "Blue) is an interesting... Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by R. Baillargeon