Rock 'n' Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends Paperback – Jun 12 2012
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“If you’re a rock fan, a gossip lover, or a head banger from way back, Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths will hit the right note.” - Terri Schlichenmeyer’s syndicated book reviews
From the Back Cover
Beginning with the apocryphal tale of Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads, veteran music journalists Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz take on the real stories behind rock’s biggest crocks, half-truths, and too-strange-to-be-false myths and legends, examining how and why these tales came to be in the first place and how they have persisted through the years. Of course there’s sex (Did members of Led Zeppelin pleasure a groupie with a mud shark in a Holiday Inn bathtub?), drugs (Did the Beatles spark a spliff in Buckingham?), and rock ’n’ roll (Does The Wall sync up to The Wizard of Oz?). But there’s also the quasi-medical (Rod Stewart and that stomach pump, Marilyn Manson’s spare rib), the culinary (Alice Cooper and chickens, Ozzy Osbourne and bats, Frank Zappa and . . . well, never mind), the downright silly (McCartney dead? Morrison, Elvis, and Tupac alive?), and even a few doozies that appear to have at least a kernel of truth to them (Keith Richards taking a bump of his dearly departed father’s ashes, Van Halen and those M&Ms, and blood in the ink of the 1977 KISS comic book). In all, the authors examine 57 enduring yarns, in the process revealing the machinations of myth-making in the fast and loose world of rock, country, and pop.
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Read it in about a day, and would love to see a sequel or a series. There's lots of rumors out there.
Paging through this 2012 Voyageur Press release, you'll get the full details on many hoary legends. For example, did Mama Cass choked to death on a ham sandwich? Did Brian Jones drown or was he murdered? What does Led Zeppelin, a red snapper and a young groupie have in common? Did Ziggy Stardust and Jumping Jack Flash do the dirty? Ditto for John Lennon and Brian Epstein? Did Macca die in 1969 only to replaced in the Beatles by a ringer? Why was Gram Parsons' body spirited away and burned in the desert? How much hard time did Johnny Cash really serve in the slammer? Did Keef have a total blood transfusion? What's with Van Halen and brown M&Ms? Did Ozzy really bite off the head of a live bat? Is Mr. Green Jeans Frank Zappa's father? Is Lady Gaga a hermaphrodite? And so on.
The book is nicely illustrated with color and b&w photographs throughout.
So, if you want to know "the rest of the (rock music) story," pick up a copy of Graff and Durchholz's book and get a rock 'n' roll edumacation. Recommended.
Each myth is a short story, which makes this a good book to pick up and put down when the mood and schedule fits. A great source of conversation starters when hanging around with your rock'n roll know-it-all pals. With this resource, you'll know it all.