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Aerosmith: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Boston Bad Boys Hardcover – September 16, 2011
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From the Back Cover
With 40-plus years of flat-out, four-on-the-floor blues-based rock to their credit, Aerosmith are one of the greatest—and most mercurial—rock 'n' roll bands of all-time. This massive, illustrated celebration is the first of its kind to provide a front-row seat to the Boston Bad Boys’ entire career: scrapping their way across country in the 1970s, scrapping their way back to the top of the heap in the late 1980s, and scrapping with each other the entire way. Music journalist Richard Bienstock’s lively history of the band’s rise, fall, and rebirth is illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and collectibles, including gig posters, backstage passes, ticket stubs, 7-inch picture sleeves, and vintage T-shirts. The book also includes an extensive discography and assessments of each of the band’s studio albums, written by such distinguished rock scribes as Daniel Bukszpan, Neil Daniels, Chuck Eddy, Bill Holdship, Greg Kot, Martin Popoff, Bud Scoppa, Phil Sutcliffe, and Jaan Uhelszki. The result is a visually stunning portrait of the band many have called America’s best.
About the Author
Richard Bienstock is an editor with Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines and the author of Aerosmith: The Ultimate Illustrated History (Voyageur Press, 2011) and Slash: An Intimate Portrait (Insight Editions, 2012).
Top Customer Reviews
treat for hardcore Aerosmith fans.
The first half is loaded with some incredible photographs, from my favorite era,
You also get some really interesting text from each year, documenting
the albums & history of that time.
It is all laid out in a nice hardcover shell, with a clear slipcase.
The spine has a sort of "Get your wings" font, which looks really vintage & cool.
I had heard about this particular book coming out, but never expected it to be
so thorough & classy.
As a longtime fan of Aerosmith (a somewhat jaded one, at that), this book comes
Check it out.
This book gives a great account of the bands career, covering all eras, all albums, with a sometimes critical and unbiaised eye. I learned a lot and have been a fan of Aerosmith for years.
And the photos and illustrations are great! There's a ton of older and cool memorabilia listed as well. Defintiely worth your dollars!
Much of the text, as always, has multiple factual flaws, as it's all just re-printed articles, reviews, interviews, etc.
With all that said, it's still a must for fans of the band who want a visual history of them from the very beginning up to a few years ago. It would just be nice - just ONCE - if they got the dates right...
The book is set out in chronological order and we get a brief run down of the band members and a fairly basic yet readable rundown of how they got together. There is discussion of the early poverty days and there is an honest discussion of the hard graft that it took to launch the band. The work is nicely set out with lots of photographs and also shots of memorabilia, backstage passes, album covers, picture disc covers and even pictures of 8 tracks. This sort of stuff is often artfully splayed across the page or in corners etc and the whole layout is quite nice. It's full without feeling cluttered (so kudos to the graphic design).
The story isn't just done as a basic run through. It is leavened with quotes from the band from a range of sources and also quotes from various other notables involved with the band over the years. Each originals album is given a two page stand alone review by a contributor other than the author and this adds a nice touch of perspective, though of course almost each pundit happens to like, love or feel the album in question is underrated.
All up this is a good book for the Aerosmith fanatic or the casual fan, the whole thing hangs together both visually and story wise. The photos span the groups career and it doesn't get bogged down in easy/sleazy journalism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great photos that show the band from the beginning until now. A must for Aerosmith fans. Hard cover with quality paper. Nice book.Published 14 months ago by Diane T.
Beautiful Pics! Biography is often off, but.....Beautiful Pics!Published 18 months ago by brownacres
This is one of the most beautiful books I've seen Aerosmith , The cover art and material quality ( hardcover ) is amazing . The price is very good. I recommend it.Published 18 months ago by Gino Alache
Awesome photo book.. Lots of information as well.. All eras of the band are covered.. Early years are especially interesting.. Very Very cool..Published on March 5, 2014 by JOHNLOCKE