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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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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. I knew that Denver was the first place in the US that Led Zeppelin performed but Barry's book adds so much info to how and why that occurred.
Please buy this book! It's more than just a book. It's memories that should be kept alive and preserved. The two introductions by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and then Pete Townshend will captivate your interest and the book itself will never relinquish it.
This book is so good that I had to buy a hard back copy even though I first bought it as the kindle edition.
I doubt that this review will ever be read by Barry. But just in case, thank you Barry. Thank you for the great music! Thank you for those memorable days and nights at Red Rocks. Thank you for some of the best times of my life. Thank you for this book and letting me relive those times. Thank you for the inside info regarding some of the incidents that I knew about or took part in and yet didn't have the full picture until now. My first concert was one of yours (The Who). Most of my concerts and most of my favorite concerts were yours. Thank you so very much!
Addendum: When I wrote the above, I was over 50% through the book and overwhelmed by the memories it evoked and the info I had gained. But at 80% of the book read, I finally hit what I was waiting for - Barry's comments on the Moody Blues. I love Led Zepplin, The Who, Airplane/Starship and others but my favorite group is the Moody Blues. At their peak, I was sitting oil wells as a geologist and only managed to see them once. Two other times I had tickets and then had to leave town for a well before the concert. Another time, I camped out for 2 days in Casper Wyoming for Moody Blues tickets. It was to be the first big concert at their new arena. I got my tickets and interviewed for tv as Casper had never seen people camp out for tickets and then a snow storm hit and the Moody Blues had to cancel Casper so they could play Denver. That was my luck with seeing the Moody Blues. So I owe Barry another big thanks because of his Moody Blues/Symphony Orchestra concerts. It allowed me to see them so many additional times. I was in the crowd during the taping of the PBS concert at Red Rocks. That's another very big THANK YOU!!!! Barry, Thank you for the Moody Blues concerts I wouldn't have seen, the Jethro Tull concerts I went to every chance I got. Thank you, again.
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!
So, it was with great interest that I read about all that was going on behind the scenes at Feyline. What's really fun is the behind the scenes action at shows you actually attended. And...Barry also mentioned something that I always thought...epic concerts (like that night at RedRocks that U2 shot "Sunday Bloody Sunday") for example; if you talked to everyone is Denver, you would have thought 100,000 people had attended when it truly was only a small fraction of that...but it was so epic that alot of people (apparently) thought they were there when they weren't, or at least say they were.
I really miss Barry and all he did for Denver now that he's retired. The corporate monoliths have taken over the concert business resulting in $75 tickets ending up costing $150 when all the fees are tacked on. It was alot more fun when people like Barry ran the show.
If you want a fun read about the classic rock groups (and like I say, if you're from the Denver area) this is a must read. It's one of those books that you read in bed and keep thinking I need to go to bed...just one more chapter.
Thanks for the great read and all of the great shows Barry. You truly are missed. You ever consider throwing on the shorts and giving it another go?