- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sandra Jonas Publishing (December 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997487119
- ISBN-13: 978-0997487114
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Off My Rocker: One Man's Tasty, Twisted, Star-Studded Quest for Everlasting Music Paperback – December 13, 2018
"Wildly entertaining tell-all from a rock 'n' roll insider."--Marc Geiger, Head of Music, William Morris Endeavor
"I've read nearly every music memoir that has been released in the past ten years, and Off My Rocker is in the top five."--Deborah Speer, Pollstar
"Off My Rocker is a masterpiece of a memoir to be savored by anyone who has ever considered a life in the music business."--Mark Andes, bassist for Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, Firefall, and Heart
"I learned everything I know about writing from studying the outgoing messages on Kenny's answering machine. His mastery of language, his knowledge of all things music, his Ernie Kovacs-like wit were things I tried to emulate, then copy, then steal."--Jon Steele, author of the Angelus Trilogy and War Junkie
"I've known Kenny Weissberg since 1971, when he was a morning disc jockey at KRNW-FM and I was promoting concerts at Tulagi in Boulder. I picked his brain relentlessly for his vast musical knowledge and arranged interviews for him with everyone from Jim Croce and T-Bone Walker to the Eagles and Tom Waits. I hope Off My Rocker is the first of many books by this wacky musical devotee."--Chuck Morris, President-CEO, AEG Live Rocky Mountains
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Full disclosure: Kenny Weissberg and I grew up in the same New Jersey town (South Orange), and as youngsters we had to stick together in our daily arguments with the vile Yankee fans. (We were Giants/Willie Mays guys, natch). Kenny was always funny, incredibly quick-witted, and sharp as a tack. Tons of personality, and it comes across wonderfully in his book.
I was impressed with his candor throughout; he lets it all hang out for the reader.
Bottom line is that Kenny has a wildly interesting story to tell, and that's the way he tells it. You could sense how much fun he had writing "Rocker"...so much energy! Even the parts where he hangs out his dirty laundry, of which there is plenty. (When Kenny tells all, he tells ALL)!
Bottom line is that Kenny, whom I haven't seen in 47 years (!), does not seem to have changed a bit. He could have been a teacher, lawyer, doctor, etc., and his storytelling skills would have been the same. "Off My Rocker", for me (the non concert going, ignorant of the music industry guy), was a real page-turner. The more I read the bigger the smile on my face. And there was never a lull.
I strongly recommend "Off My Rocker." Kenny Weissberg has told a terrific story.
From the emotional first chapter about Otis Redding, through the astonishing years of drug-drenched escapades where he managed to hold down real jobs and marry the love of his life (lifetimes), artist Helen Redman, I found myself putting my own life on hold because Weissberg’s witty writing held me captive at the breakfast table for hours, staring at my Kindle. (Don’t tell my husband.)
I am not a big music fan. In fact, many of the artists Weissberg discusses are either total unknowns to me (he’d hate to hear that), or famous people whose music has saturated my life in the same way I’m appreciative of lovely background vistas. (Again, don’t tell my music-loving husband, who carefully fills my days with eclectic selections from all over the world. I still didn’t recognize some of these names.) But if you know music at all, you will know them, and Weissberg tells tales about the monsters and angels of his working life with amusing honesty.
I live in San Diego and worked as a fine art and theater journalist in the eighties when Weissberg first launched his concert series. When I heard his name announced recently at an author event, I was surprised and curious to read his book.
What I found so intriguing and gratifying was Weissberg’s life story. His personal evolution. His complete frankness about his faults and mistakes. His witty descriptions of the down and dirty sides of musicians, agents, money men, and the concert business as a whole. I enjoyed his observant and thoughtful conclusions about human behavior, good and bad. He took me into back rooms I would never dream of entering. He survived events that would have killed me on the spot! He even managed to ace his way through Woodstock’s muddy miasma, despite his drug-induced haze, and come out shining if not squeaky clean.
A few years older than me, he stayed out of Vietnam, stopped a cocaine habit in mid-spiral, and humbled himself to take back a lucrative job he deservedly lost. He’s faced similar inner battles about compromise in the radio business that I encountered in the publishing business. His honesty, and his ability to change course when in danger of losing himself completely, captured my sympathy and admiration. I could learn a thing or two from him.
Weissberg’s well-honed writing kept me entertained for longer hours than I should have spent. I completely enjoyed his book—ironically, since I probably would not enjoy his musical programming tastes. Go figure. I hope he writes another!