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A pleasant surprise
on December 1, 2012
Like many music fans, I found "my music" in my teens and early 20's and have remained a tried and true fan of hard rock/metal (and even...GASP!!!...hair bands) for more years than I care to admit. Somewhere in a box in my basement (next to many more boxes in my basement) there are innumerable old copies of RIP magazine, one of my main sources of info on the bands I love(d). If you read the magazine or simply tuned into MTV back then, you couldn't help but know the name Lonn Friend.
Many years after its release, I stumbled across "Life on Planet Rock" and assumed it would be entirely about the bands I remember Lonn covering in the pages of RIP back in the day. I was kinda right, kinda wrong. While he does talk at length about his dealings with GnR, Metallica, and Motley Crue, there's much more to the story of Lonn Frined than I expected...like his post-RIP gig working for Clive Davis at Arista records. As I type this, I'm listening to Lonn's 1st big find (also a commercial flop) The Bogmen. Not at all the 80's rock/metal band I would've guessed he'd favor.
And that's kinda how the whole book has unfolded for me: one pleasant surprise after another. He writes as much about Pearl Jan and Nirvana as he does GnR. In fact, I've been listening to The Bogmen for days now wondering how they didn't hit it big. And how did I not know about this book until just a few weeks ago? Better late than never, I suppose.