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Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'N' Roll Survivor Paperback – February 1, 2008
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His biography is amusing and honest and mostly pretty well-grounded, although there are moments -- more than one -- where he talks about bands that fired him as producer, or kicked him out as a band member, or ex-wives who served him with divorce papers and he uses these stories to vent against his detractors. In so doing it becomes crystal clear why he has been divorced so many times and why he has been fired so many times: he does not sound like an easy person to work with or live with.
You gotta love him for being so open and honest, even if he himself seemingly can't see this.
Al's writing style is remarkably conversational in tone, like you're kicking back with an old friend who is regaling you with stories and anecdotes from an extrordinary career in the music biz.
To his credit, Al doesn't just give you the the stuff that makes him look good, he gives you the bad and the ugly too. You get the whole enchilada: the sex, the drugs, AND the Rock n' Roll.
In sum, you get a fascinating glimpse into the life of a sucessful musician, composer, arranger, and producer who had the uncanny good fortune of being in the right place at the right time, and made the most of each opportunity. I cannot recommend this book too highly -- buy it, read it, digg it.
He also had contact throughout his career with numerous superstars and wannabee superstars in the music industry which led to his wild and crazy stories in the book. The guys seems to know everyone in the industry or did know everyone in the industry. He was fired more often than Donald Trump's apprentices and walked off as just as many jobs. I can understand how he started to run out of employment options towards the end of his career.
It was nice to read a book from a rocker that was not filled with stories about self-inflicted drug abuse and over the top womanizing. Although he had his bouts with pain killers and had several unsuccessful marriages, that seems to be the extent of his wildness.
Entertaining book, worth reading if you can find it at a decent price.
Al, if you're reading this: Writing "This Diamond Ring" is nothing to be ashamed of. Back in January, 1965, when Gary Lewis & The Playboys' version hit the national charts, I was a high school sophomore living in a small Wisconsin town, and the WLS Top-40 Silver Dollar Survey was my weekly Super Bowl. Art Roberts played "This Diamond Ring" every night at 10 pm as one of the week's top three most-requested tunes. And it sounded great! For me, with just about enough coin to buy one 69-cent 45 a week at the local Goldblatt's department store, browsing the record rack involved a lot of checking the writers of the 20+ records I wanted to get my mitts on. Before tracking down "This Diamond Ring," I was sure it was the latest effort by one of my favorite pair of writers of those years: Goffin & King. "This Diamond Ring" had such a great overall "sound," I even thought Phil Spector might've been involved. So, I look at the label, and I see Brass/Kooper/Levine*! Wow. Who's that? Another great writing team to keep track of and cheer for. Gary Lewis was certainly from the "Bobby/Bobby/Bobby" school of singers, elevated by first-rate material. And so what, that's my point --- great songwriting, great production, great arrangement. A great tune that topped the Silver Dollar Survey for three weeks in the winter of 1965 --- something to be proud of!
*Actually, the label said: "Kooder - Levine - Bras, produced by Snuff Garrett, arranged by Leon Russell". 3 out of 5 ain't bad, I guess.