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Backstage Past Hardcover – November 7, 2011

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Barry Fey is one of the great characters of Denver history. He is seen it all and he is pretty much done it all when it comes to rock and roll over the past 45 years. --Greg Moody - CBS TV Channel 4 Critic at Large

About the Author

Barry Fey promoted shows for the biggest names in Rock `n Roll from the 1960s until his retirement as a promoter in 1997. He won the coveted Billboard Magazine Promoter of the Year Award 3 times. Barry continues to dabble in the concert business where his expertise is still sought by industry insiders. He hosted a long running radio show in Denver and teaches a course on The Real History of Rock 'n Roll; at the University of Colorado.

Steve Alexander's first Barry Fey experience was getting tear-gassed while trying to watch Jimi Hendrix at the Denver Pop Festival in 1969. After a career in radio and television news in Denver, Steve became an agent for professional athletes, broadcasters and authors.

Rich Wolfe is the author or co-author of many bestselling books including For Mets Fans Only and Ron Santo: A Perfect 10 and many others.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Wolfe Press; First Edition edition (November 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984627839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984627837
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I hadn't have been hooked after reading forewords by Pete Townshend and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, I would have been just by looking at the Table of Contents---it's a Who's Who of Rock 'n Roll! This is a collection of stories about every major group from Aerosmith to ZZ Top. The story about Elvis made me cringe, but the long chapters about The Who, the Rolling Stones and U2 were compelling. Bill Graham gets trashed by Barry Fey---you can read why Barry tried to have him killed. Bruce Springsteen gets lost 4-wheeling in Colorado; Ozzy has a bloody backstage moment with Barry; Aerosmith holds a backstage intervention for Fey; Barry's on the phone with Keef when John Lennon's shot; Bono pulls back Barry's hospital bed sheet and sees it all; Mick and Keith teach Barry how to snort coke; Willie Nelson and Barry buy a house together in Hawaii; Barry proposes to Bonnie Raitt, but would have dumped her for Bette. My only complaint about this book is that it wasn't longer. And, the dust jacket is worth the price by itself---it folds out into a montage of classic backstage passes. Awesome. Great Christmas gift.
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Did you live in or near Denver at any time during the mid 60's into at least the 80's? Are you old enough to remember KIMN AM radio and Jay Mac in Denver? Did you ever go to a Feyline concert? Did you ever camp out for at least one night or more to get tickets to a Feyline concert? Did you ever do the whole day Redrocks concert thing - showing up early morning to park, waiting in the sun to get in to Red Rocks, then rushing in to get good seats and then settling back in the early afternoon partying and relaxing and waiting for the concert to start later that evening?

If you did, you have to buy and read this book! Even if you didn't, if you love the rock and roll music and the bands from the best time period for Rock and Roll, you have to buy and read this book. If you love the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, Jethro Tull, U2, The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and every name band of the era and some of the lesser great rock and roll bands, you must buy and read this book.

This book is more than the biography of one of the greatest concert promoters. For people of my age (56) who lived and loved the music of this era and lived in Denver or the Rockies, this is a book about and for us. It's a part of our lives. I haven't felt this much emotion in a long time. This book brings back vivid memories of a time in many of our lives that was dynamic, beautiful and so eventful.

Barry Fey and his concerts were an integral part of this time. The book is fascinating and revealing....again especially to us of that era and time. What a surprise to find out after all these years that the Rolling Stones and Barry ate at the Little Shanghai Cafe - a restaurant I have frequented on a regular basis since it opened and yet I didn't know about them eating there.
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I too grew up going to Feyline shows in Denver from as far back as 1971. While Backstage Past had a lot of interesting stories, it was not the book I had been eagerly awaiting all these years. I was looking forward to a book more local in its flavor, with more information regarding the Colorado concert scene. It would have been nice to have had a list of Feyline produced shows along with warm-up acts, dates and locations of those shows. In addition, more actual concert photography from those shows would have enhanced the narrative. So many great shows weren't even mentioned like 10 Years After with J. Geils, Humble Pie with Foghat, Traffic with Free, the list goes on. I was surprised that there was no mention of the legendary Feyline Halloween shows with the outrageous costume contests where the winner got two front row seats to every Feyline show the following year.
As a huge concert fan that despite its horrendous sound, thinks back on the Colosseum as a cathedral of worship, perhaps we need a companion book from a fan's perspective covering the sights, smells, sounds and experience of growing up with Feyline and all those incredible shows.
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I remember Barry Fey from when I was going to concerts back in the days of acid-rock and psychadelic 'shrooms and Peter Maxx! He was the quintessential local famous guy and the one who's name was spoken in awe in fan circles. I can't tell you how many concerts I went to starting in the 70's; my first one at age 14 (Iron Butterfly) that Barry Fey or Feyline was involved with, but you can bet you had an awesome good time going to his shows.
This book covers most of what he experienced in his days of being the best promoter (they don't make them like they used to) in the Rocky Mountain area. What is great to read tho, is that he was far more involved with other things besides Denver. I had no idea he was part of the US Festival (where my friends, Scorpions, took the entire show to new heights in '83) or part of other shows around the world or just how on fire he became. I always thought he was simply "OURS".
Even if you're not from this era of hippies, a time when some of the best rock in the world reigned supreme, you will enjoy reading about the bands that are so iconic now; Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc. and their behind the scenes crazy lives with Barry.
It's a wild ride and I loooved every minute of it. I even loved the more serious parts because it gives you such an intimate view of what the insane world of rock and roll is all about. This book simply rocks. Thanks Barry Fey for everything you did for us, the fans, in bringing rock and roll to our lives and some of the greatest bands in music history. You are a dinosaur, never will there be another one like you. Rawk on!
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