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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074346673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743466738
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
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Luckman relays some interesting trivia linking rock and UFOs but stretches to make small points. He cites a conversation between Jimi Hendrix and Monika Dannerman about how a person's "spirit could actually leave the body for a period of time" as evidence that "Jimi frequently experienced astral travel." Ohh-kay! Well, Hendrix's extraterrestrial interests are well-known, as are those of Sun Ra and George Clinton, whom Luckman also mentions; but Luckman goes on to say that Carlos Santana, OutKast, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones share them. Heck, even Olivia Newton-John gets Luckman's nod, thanks to her sighting of a shape-shifting UFO "on a desolate road." Fortunately, references to David Bowie's, the Grateful Dead's, and Pink Floyd's extraterrestrial interests are more substantial, and is anyone surprised that Michael Jackson and Elvis each get chapter-length coverage? Another chapter on UFOs at Woodstock, Altamont, and the Isle of Wight festivals amuses, too; but with so many strained and trifling references, the book satisfies desultory reading more than genuine inquiry. Mike Tribby
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About the Author

Michael C. Luckman is director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research and the founder of the Cosmic Majority, an organization that seeks to represent the majority of people on earth who believe in UFOs, life on Mars, and the paranormal. Luckman taught the nation's first college course on rock music. He lives in New York City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c374b94) out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK! Aug. 3 2009
By David Macphee - Published on
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If you enjoy R&R, get this book. If you have been in the business, definatly get this book. The blue light and other unusual things were normal to you and no one else will get it. I'm a believer...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c374de0) out of 5 stars "Pretty lame..." April 7 2010
By Jeffrey A. Bohn - Published on
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This is an interesting concept, but it turns out there isn't a whole lot of "meat" here, making "Alien Rock" a pretty lame exercise.

What little "meat" here is padded with tidbits of trivia and any paranormal experience linked with the celebrity under discussion. The author seems either starstruck or overly-credulous, referring to "classic" UFO sightings, conspiracy theories, conactee reports as uncontested fact.

This book might help you impress your baby-boomer friends with your arcane knowledge of rock triva, but beyond that, not much of a reason to invest your time or money.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c374da4) out of 5 stars Close On the Truth Aug. 4 2005
By Path Daddy - Published on
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I found the book to be very interesting from the standpoint of a connection to the paranormal of most artists, their music, and their life experiences. I did think that the belief of the rock star Jimmy Hendrix was a bit off the mark. Jimmy was on a spiritual path that was leading him to a higher consciousness. Unfortunately for him, he had a manager, at the time, that was heavily into drugs and believed himself to be a representative of a deity. Yes, Jimmy was sent to spread a message...but it was not from an alien. Extraterrestrials and rock stars or artists of any sort do seem to have some sort of connection. This book opens up the possibility that they, the artists, are being used to send a message. It is just for us to figure out what that message is. Read the book and see if you can figure the message out.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3772b8) out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Profiles July 5 2006
By Kevin Killian - Published on
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I had forgotten that the Canadian comedian Dan Aykroyd is also a rock and roller (of sorts) because nowadays every other word out of his mouth is some sort of testimonial to belief in alien abduction and "The Force Is Out There." A bizarre twist in his career, lasty I remember of him was starring as Jessica Tandy's son in DRIVING MISS DAISY. But apparently she told him of the strange events that had besieged her on the set of COCOON and convinced him that there are alien forces watching us at almost all times but not to worry, they are largely harmless. Michael Luckman interviews Dan for this book, along with a host of other rockers, some of whom, like Jimi Hendrix, were actually taken away from our planet by sources unknown.

Like Dan Aykroyd, Marc Bolan of T.Rex started out as a comedian and gradually became a prophet of the unknown like Nostradamus. It is believed that supernatural forces made him shorter than other human beings so that he was able to pose as a child and evade even the most sophisticated of alien surveillance systems. The same forces for good wrote many of his lyrics, as Luckman demonstrates. He's old enough to remember that "T.Rex" was merely the glam punk abbreviation for Tyrannosaurus Rex, a folk-rock group which sought to reanimate the ancient British legends of Stonehenge, Merlin, Excalibur, and the sleeping spirits. Bolan met a human wizard in a French castle near Marseilles who could levitate them both ten feet into the air, and ate nothing but snails, trying to imitate through immersion the DNA-like structure of spiralling which you can find in the Fibonacci sequence of numbers as well as crawling animals.

In some ways, the French know best. When Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire was looking for some names for his group, which combines old time gospel harmonies with modern percussion and synthesized beats, he turned to the 18th century magicians who thronged the court of Marie Antoinette. Luckman mentions that 74 per cent of Americans believe that they have been aware of alien abductions, but he is strangely silent about some other figures. I dock this book a star (think about our "star" system for measuring excellence for a minute--it's terribly suggestive, ne c'est pas?) for its physical shortcomings, the pages which tend to roll up like dead leaves unless sprayed down with water, and some of the badly reproduced illustrations, such as Giger's depiction of Deborah Harry as a space alien, she looks really bad and definitely not ready for prime time.
HASH(0x9c3775ac) out of 5 stars Takes me back to the days June 28 2009
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I enjoyed this book and what it shared ,little known beliefs and attitudes of rock stars. I always knew about Hendrix..........I really liked this book