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NOT ONLY WOMEN BLEED, Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician [Kindle Edition]

Dick Wagner , Susan Michelson , Alice Cooper
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Foreward by Alice Cooper

Dick Wagner, “The Maestro of Rock,” is an award winning lead guitarist, songwriter, and author. Wagner’s songs and lead guitar have been featured on more than 200 renowned albums, garnering more than 35 Platinum and Gold records, BMI songwriter awards, and numerous prestigious international awards.

In “Not Only Women Bleed, Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician, the “Maestro” shares a lifetime of experience as songwriter, lead guitarist, producer, and musical director with top international performance and recording artists, including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Air Supply, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and dozens more.

“Not Only Women Bleed” stands tall among a proliferation of memoirs about sex, drugs and rock and roll. Supported by an edgy and ironic wit, Wagner creates rich visualizations that transport and envelop the reader in place and time. He delivers tales of reckless behavior and intimate debauchery with an emotional reverberation that resonates with a wide reading audience.

NOT ONLY WOMEN BLEED, by Dick Wagner: Winner of FIVE International book awards:
• 2013 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Category: Narrative Non-Fiction
• 2013 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS: Category: Non-Fiction: Narrative
• 2013 IPPY Independent Publishers Book Award: Category: Autobiography/Memoir
• 2013 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Category Winner: Music and Performing Arts Categories
• 2013 Foreword Book of The Year Awards: Finalist – awaiting final winners on June 29, 2013: Category: Adult Non-Fiction, Performing Arts & Music

"Informed, informative, entertaining, and candid, Not Only Women Bleed is highly recommended for personal and community library collections in general, and a 'must read' to the legions of Dick Wagner fans with an interest in his life and times!" THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"A fine new book...I think books like these—especially when penned by the performers themselves—will eventually be perceived as real jewels. Highly recommended." DAVE DIMARTINO, YAHOO MUSIC

"Absolutely anyone into rock and roll will find more than enough in both style and substance to enjoy Wagner's trip into rock's dark and electric corners. If you can only read two or three good memoirs this year, Not Only Women Bleed should be on that list." Dr Wesley Britton, BOOKPLEASURES.COM

“It's witty, artful, literate, sometimes cheeky...wistful and exuberant but, above all, musical. But that’s Dick in a sentence.” BOB EZRIN (Producer, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper)

“The invisible virtuoso, guitar legend Dick Wagner bears his soul in his tightly presented new memoir, Not Only Women Bleed." James Campion, THE HUFFINGTON POST

“Wagner takes the reader on a highly entertaining and compelling emotional roller-coaster ride that seemingly leaves no stone unturned. ‘Not Only Women Bleed’ is almost impossible to put down.” Ryan Sparks, CLASSIC ROCK REVISITED

“Dick Wagner has forever projected an earthly musical spirit that is pure American R&R & R&B. He is one of the best guitarists in the world.” TED NUGENT, Rocker

"Name your all-time favorite rock guitar solos and chances are at least one of them will include the legendary Dick Wagner." DAVID FOSTER (Celine Dion, Josh Groban)

"I first saw Dick Wagner while he was playing with the Frost in Detroit, and quickly I filed him under ‘guitar players I’d like to steal'.... But Dick isn't JUST a guitar player... He’s a gifted writer, and I wrote most of the Alice Cooper hits with him.” ALICE COOPER, Rocker

"It's wicked, but I loved it." Anonymous Church Lady

The hands-on, day to day collaboration with his editor, Susan Michelson, struck a rare balance, creating a great read that preserves all that is fresh and different about Wagner’s book. No ghost writing here…no heavy handed “fit-the-mold” editing and rewriting. The result is a hard-driving, heart-driven life scripture, vividly and joyfully conveyed.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2125 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Desert Dreams Productions, LLC; I edition (December 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RMRN28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just As He IS January 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It feels a little self-serving to write a great review about a book in which I am a character and I would never normally do this but...I am SO proud of Dick and this amazing accomplishment that I have to weigh in here. This is no pandering or self-serving, ghost-written "auto-biography" that sanitizes the past to protect the "author" or amplifies the glamor and excesses to sell units. This is a thoughtful recollection of slices of Dick's life. It's witty, artful, literate, sometimes cheeky, often philisophical and profound, gentle and loving, whistful and exuberant but, above all, musical. But that's Dick in a sentence. Reading this will certainly entertain anyone who has an interest in the "Roman" era of the music business. But it also offers insights into the complex and often insane life of the musician celebrity; the one close to, but not quite at, the top of the entertainment foodchain. In its honesty it does encompass sex, drugs and rock'n'roll - but also pain, yearning, sacrifice, adventure, growth and the joy of creating.

Aside from being my go-to musician and writer on the majority of my projects in the 70's and 80's and now again in the new milennium, Dick Wagner is also my dear friend and a good man who has more than paid his dues over the years. To see him healthy and back in form again makes me very happy. To read this wonderful book makes me very proud.

Bob Ezrin
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read. "Backstage Access" for the music lover! January 4, 2012
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First, full disclosure. I've been a Dick Wagner fan since sometime in the mid-1960's and was very excited to see this book hit Amazon. That said, if you're a fan of the hard rock genre, this book is for you. This guy helped invent hard rock and was in fact a "rock star" before the title was invented. Wagner started out rehearsing in basements, playing high school auditoriums, roller rinks and tough Michigan saloons. With his God-given talent and hard work he got about as high as you can get in the music business, playing with and writing for the most famous and commercially successful bands in America. The great road stories about drugs, hot chicks, the travel, the bad meals, the dirty deals and the hard living are all dealt with honestly in Wagner's conversational narrative style. The best news is, Dick Wagner is still out there, writing music, recording and hopefully touring soon. The book made this sixty-something baby-boomer feel young again. Dick Wagner has done it all in rock n' roll and it's all here for the reading. Caution: Do NOT start reading this book near bed time!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Musician Turned Author January 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
For over five decades Dick Wagner's name has been connected to some of the biggest names in rock 'n roll. The likes of Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Kiss and Aerosmith, to name just a few, have all benefited from the Midas touch of the man they call the 'Maestro'. Wagner has worn many hats over the years, going from one of the most in demand session players in the business, to firmly establishing himself as one of the premiere singer / song writer /guitarist / producer and bandleaders in the history of rock 'n roll. So what else could there possibly left for him to do? Well write his own memoirs of course!

In the aptly titled 'Not Only Women Bleed, Vignettes From The Heart Of A Rock Musician', Wagner takes the reader on a highly entertaining and compelling emotional roller-coaster ride that seemingly leaves no stone unturned.

Unlike your typical rock ' roll bio, 'Not Only Women Bleed' is presented as a carefully crafted, vignette style book, that is not only easy to read, but more importantly, almost impossible to put down. Wagner wears his heart on his sleeve and while some might find his candid and open approach a bit shocking at times, it only helps to bridge the connection with the reader, as he deftly slides back and forth between the incredible amounts of personal triumph and tragedy that he's experienced along the way. While no one would dispute the fact that Dick Wagner definitely lived the rock 'n roll dream, scaling the heights of stardom fueled by an insatiable appetite for sex, drugs and rock 'n roll, this book is so much more than that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I started reading it this afternoon! This is right up there with Keef's...amazing and what a great writing style and sense of humor! Just another thing to thank Mr. Wagner for! This book is one of those gems that draws you in regardless of your musical or generational allegiances. If you have every regretted not pursuing your crazy dreams of youth and wondered, what if? Well, you have just arrived at your destination and get ready for one heck of a ride!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! January 3, 2012
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I finished reading the book. I have to say that the insights Dick provides into his life are engrossing. I found myself nearly obsessed by his stories of life on the road. Although I found it very interesting, I do rather like listening to his music. By that I am not saying it's a bad book (quite the opposite, in fact), I'm just saying his music is where he really bares his soul. Hearing some of the back stories of the songs makes listening to them a brand new experience all over again. Kudos!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just finished reading this great book very interesting career great guitarist!! RIP Dick Wagner you were a true star!!
Published 26 days ago by John Lars Fatland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic and inspiring!
Published 2 months ago by cheryl ann jordan
2.0 out of 5 stars More Rock & Roll need to be told
Ok so we know it is about Drugs, Sex and Rock & Roll but more Rock & Roll makes for a much better read. At lease he got to tell his story before going to Rock & Roll Heaven.
Published 2 months ago by 2 cents Matters
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful and disappointing read
Sadly, I cannot recommend this book. Wagner's talent as a guitarist is undeniable, but as a songwriter it's pretty obvious that the Alice Cooper's ability to tap the good things... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rob Cheplicki
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Dick Wagner Fans
Written in short story form comsisting of the vignettes from the
authors long musical career, you can almost pick up the book and
start anywhere..... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sandy480
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad start. Below average finish.
The book started off with some interesting stories, particularly those that illustrated the participation of a host of Canadian musicians from Toronto that worked with the author... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Whittaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Dick Wagner Rocks!!!!
True, Heartfelt,Raw,Sex Drugs & RocknRoll...Dick nails it with an honest look behind the scenes of Makin It in the World of Rock
Published 12 months ago by David Matteson
4.0 out of 5 stars Sucks you in
I bought this because I am a huge Alice Cooper fan. All I was interested in was Dick's work with the Coop. There is plenty of that but a lot more. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tapps
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly interesting
I have been a huge Alice Cooper fan for over 40 years so I wanted to read a book about a man that was a big pert of the band. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Brockman
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ!
This book is very inspirational as a musician and as a person who respects the impact a legend such as Dick Wagner has had on the music industry as a whole. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Erica Kessler
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