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Book Description

A photo-driven insider's look at Bob Seger's career from the early days to his breakthrough as a world-famous musician.

About the Author

Tom Weschler is a photographer living and working in metropolitan Detroit. He has been photographing musical events since 1964 when at age fifteen he photographed the Beatles first American television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in his bedroom.

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in Detroit whose work appears regularly in numerous publications, including Billboard, the New York Times Features Syndicate, UPI, the Oakland Press, Revolver, Red Flag Media, and GrokMusic.com. He also reports on music news for WCSX in Detroit, WHQG in Milwaukee, and Radio 106.7 in Columbus, Ohio. He is the founding editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide series and editor of The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z.

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Product Details

  • Series: Painted Turtle
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Painted Turtle (September 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814334598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814334591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Reed on October 2, 2009
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Thanks to Gary Graff, who's articles I've followed in Detroit newspapers over the years regarding Bob Seger! Thanks too, to Tom Weschler, for the great photos of Michigans most Beloved Rocker--Bob Seger!

"Live Bullet" was my first Seger album as a Christmas gift when I was 10 yrs old and growing up in the suburbs of Detroit. My brother and sister told me to ask "Santa" for the album, but it didn't take me long to figure out (when it kept ending up in the basement with all of their other records) that they really just wanted my Bob Seger "Live Bullet' LP for themselves! I was hooked!

Unfortunately, I wasn't old enough to attend concerts until 1983's: The Distance tour. I've been to every Seger tour since (several times), but only seeing Bob Seger perform 7 times in a lifetime, is not that many. Most diehard Seger fans have seen him 60, 70- 100 times!

Those of you who love Bob Seger for the ultimately down to earth, nice guy, who thinks he's the "unlikliest guy to ever be called a rockstar", will LOVE this book and his climb to stardom. From playing 250 gigs a year to becoming a Grammy Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee! He's been a greatly appreciated entertainer in Detroit, for 40 years!

Graff and Weschler seem to really respect and admire Bob Seger and that comes across. My only fault was that pictures of Bob Seger and his bands could have been larger and filled the entire page. Kudos to the both of them that they thought to do this for Bob Seger! He certainly deserves it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By travis davidson on September 28, 2009
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this book is great, a must for any seger fan,rock lover,music historian and people that just enjoy fun in music period.great photos and tidbits of bob's history unknown to most.this book is way over due and it will just leave you wantin' more. you will not be disappointed. try it!you'll like it!!peace, travis davidson***********
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By classic rock fan on October 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
lets get this straight, this is not a biography in any way,this is the authors collection of photographs he took over his many years with seger and every third picture or so gets a paragraph telling you about it, though it does go in chrono order.i'm not saying its bad, but if your looking for the true stories and events that happened during segers formative years in rock in a normal biography way you'll be disappointed,but if you dont mind alot of pictures with a little story then you'll be satisfied.

its really up to you
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben on November 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Length: 2:36 Mins
A great Promo video for this book , it should tell you everything you need to know about this in depth look at Bob Seger's early years and it's just a fun video to watch anyway!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Heath VINE VOICE on December 5, 2010
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This coffe-table book makes for a thoughtful gift for very loyal Seger fans born prior to 1960. I've been a fan since the mid-70s and have never encountered many of the great photos of Bob and his mates prior to hitting the big-time. So I enjoy it - what I got anyways.

This is not a biography of Bob Seger nor is it authorized. It is instead a photo-book with some paragraph(s) captioning some pictures. I learned a few things but a mere fraction of what one would expect if this were a biography. The perspective is that of insiders who are loyal fans so no dirt either but instead a worthy hagiography.

The photographer of these pictures worked for Seger in mostly other roles. He left after Seger made it big so the vast majority of pictures published here were taken prior to the "Against the Wind" tour. If this were an authorized Seger publication I would have expected what was published to comprise 1/3 of such a work since it captures the late-60s through the 1970s, but mostly misses the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. From that perspective, this makes for a nice gift for those into early-Seger; but not so great when spending your own money unless it's deeply discounted which at $27 currently, it is not. Better to buy a CD of old takes such as last year's release, Early Seger Vol. 1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zebba-9 on December 24, 2009
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This as close as an autobiography as you'll ever get so all the whiners who docked this book any stars should just shut up. Besides, Bob has written his autobiography in dozens of songs over the past 45 years. This is really a treat. It could have easily been bigger with more fluff, but like Seger this is economical and to the point. I must add that anything post 1976 was a bit too tame for me, so this covers the optimum time from birth and leading up to Live Bullet (and yes I was on the floor the second night and still have my ticket stub). 'Persecution Smith' beats 'Night Moves' any day, but if it fills the seats and gets Bob some recognition that's fine by me. I'm sure it beats opening for everyone under the sun and headlining great gigs at the Lincoln Park show.

Gary Graff is a brilliant writer and was able to coax out details on the more memorable shows and Weschler was there as road dog and photographer. Unless someone puts out a more complete look with all the obligatory posters and flyers (ala the new Stooges book) this will have to do. And really, it ain't bad and certainly worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Klos on November 3, 2009
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I enjoyed reading the book but felt it was too small for such a long career. I've been hoping for a true Seger biography for several years now. Being from the same area (Detroit, MI) but 20 years younger I missed the rise of a great rock entertainer but was lucky enough to witness the shows Seger did in 2006 at Cobo Arena. Pure hard driving energy from front to back. Maybe you can't write that in words in a book about a legend. Maybe you had to see it yourself live to understand it all...Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet hit you like a freight train smack dab in the middle of your soul and shake the world around you until the lights come up and the stage is empty. Then for the rest of your life after that you just want more and more and more!
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