Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) Finishing Up New Book

Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) has revealed that he is currently finishing up his next book. He said the following about that:

“Outdoor office weather for sure today in Jackson. 3rd time reading through the new book. This ain’t a bad place to do it. I’d say 60 pages to go? Then starts the editing ( Open Heart Surgery With A Chainsaw ) Book cover is done. Soon starts the design element of the book. Got a lot of photos to go through. I love this process. The question I always ask people who tell me they wanna write a book is ‘Why?’ Is it a vanity project or do you really have something you need to say? I take that to heart before I start a new book. I’ve learned a lot about myself during this book process but what I really hope is you learn and remember somethings about yourself.”

Mac Sabbath To Release “Drive Thru Metal” Pop-Up Book

Mac Sabbath, the McDonald’s themed Black Sabbath tribute band, will be releasing a new pop-up book titled “Drive Thru Metal” this fall via Poposition Press. The effort will feature illustrations by Gris Grimly and it can be pre-ordered HERE. Ronald Osbourne commented:

“What’s that? A pop-up book is not what you were expecting? Well SUFFER! ….and you’re welcome.”

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) And David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) Contribute Music To New Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) Book “The Albatross Man”

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) have contributed music to the upcoming Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) book “The Albatross Man.” Hammett contributed to a cover of “Man Of The World,” while Gilmour contributed to a cover of “Need Your Love So Bad.”

The following was said about the book and music:

“Legendary Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green passed away, peacefully in his sleep, on July 25th 2020.

For the past 4 years Peter worked directly with Rufus Publications to produce a huge, illustrated visual book of his life and career. During this time a book of rare images, memorabilia, lyrics and notes from his time in Fleetwood Mac and beyond has been assembled with Peter having full control over the book’s direction and details.

During the evolution of the book it was decided to include some unique music as part of the project. A newly discovered vocal take by Peter, recorded in the late sixties in his mother’s house on a tape recorder, of Need Your Love So Bad formed the basis of the first song with guitars provided by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, a huge fan of Peter’s work. The track was produced by Laurie Latham. Peter heard and approved mixes of the track.

The second track chosen was Man of the World and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, another huge Peter Green fan and current owner of the legendary Greeny guitar, was approached and quickly joined the project. He flew into London and on January 6th 2020 he went into London’s Abbey Road with producer Rob Cass to record the guitar parts for his revised vision of the song, all using Greeny. The following day Kirk went down to Canvey Island to meet with Peter and hand him Greeny once more but also to play him the guitar parts to Man of the World. Again Peter approved the music and approach. The track has now been mixed and finished in LA with legendary producer Bob Rock and also features Mick Fleetwood on drums. Both tracks have been recorded for the book project and offer widely different interpretations of Peter’s work.

The book will go on pre-sale from the end of April 2021 and ship win what would be Peters 75th birthday, October 29th 2021.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French To Release New Book “Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life In Rock ‘N’ Roll” In September

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French has announced that his new book “Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life In Rock ‘N’ Roll” will be released on September 21 via RosettaBooks. That effort is being described as a “’bizoir’: part memoir and part business primer.”

Here’s a synopsis for the book [via Amazon]:

“Jay Jay French—founder, guitarist, and manager of the world-famous heavy metal band Twisted Sister—delivers his “bizoir”: part memoir and part business primer.

In addition to founding Twisted Sister, a world-famous heavy metal band that has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, Jay Jay French is one of the top entrepreneurs in entertainment. After taking over as manager in the ‘70s, French developed Twisted Sister into the most heavily licensed heavy metal band in history, leading the group to perform more than 9,000 shows in forty countries.

Part business book, part memoir, Twisted Business is an unexpected, inspiring, whirlwind story of transformation and redemption. Twisted Business follows French’s adventure-filled life—from growing up in New York City in the sixties, to working as a drug dealer and struggling as an addict before quitting cold-turkey, and finally, to creating and cultivating Twisted Sister and turning it into one of the most successful brands in the world.

Together with his mentor, Steve Farber, a best-selling author and one of the world’s top leadership and management experts, French offers unique, hard-earned tips and advice from his nearly 50 years as a musician, music business manager, and entrepreneur. French shows how, through tenacity, grit, and dedication, anyone can create their own brand, grow a successful business, re-invent themselves, or simply find success in what they love to do. Entertaining, provocative, funny, and informative, this book is the trip of a lifetime and a treasured guide for entrepreneurs, business people, and music fans alike.”

New Book Focusing On Korn’s “Follow The Leader” To Be Released In July

Wymer Publishing will be releasing a new book focusing on Korn’s “Follow The Leader” on July 9. The book was written by Laura Shenton and a description of it can be found below [courtesy of wymeruk.co.uk]:

“In 1994, Korn’s self-titled debut album marked their arrival. It was dark and brash and it demanded attention, as did their second album in 1996, Life Is Peachy. Good going for a new band, but in 1998, Follow The Leader saw Korn’s success and notoriety accelerate exponentially. With constant demand for the singles, ‘Got The Life’ and ‘Freak On A Leash’ on MTV, Korn exceeded their own expectations. For both the band and their fans, this was the start of something exciting, albeit turbulent. In this book, author Laura Shenton MA LLCM DipRSL offers an in-depth perspective on Follow The Leader from a range of angles including how the album came to be, how it was presented and received at the time (live as well as on record), and what it means in terms of Korn’s legacy today.”

Upcoming John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) Biography To Include Foreword By Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

Hachette Books will be releasing a new John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) biography, titled “Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin,” on September 7. The book was written by music journalist C.M. Kushins and it will include a foreword by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).

A description of the book was shared on hachettebooks.com:

“‘Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin’ is the first-ever biography of the iconic John Bonham, considered by many to be one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) rock drummer of all time. Bonham first learned to play the drums at the age of five, and despite never taking formal lessons, began drumming for local bands immediately upon graduating from secondary school. By the late 1960s, Bonham was looking for a more solid gig in order to provide his growing family with a more regular income. Meanwhile, following the dissolution of the popular blues rock band The Yardbirds, lead guitarist Jimmy Page sought the company of new bandmates to help him record an album and tour Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds. A few months later, Bonham was recruited to join the band who would eventually become known as Led Zeppelin-and before the year was out, Bonham and his three bandmates would become the richest rock band in the world.

In their first year, Led Zeppelin released two albums and completed four US and four UK concert tours. As their popularity exploded, they moved from ballrooms and smaller clubs to larger auditoriums, and eventually started selling out full arenas. Throughout the 1970s, Led Zeppelin reached new heights of commercial and critical success, making them one of the most influential groups of the era, both in musical style and in their approach towards the workings of the entertainment industry. They added extravagant lasers, light shows, and mirror balls to their performances; wore flamboyant and often glittering outfits; traveled in a private jet airliner and rented out entire sections of hotels; and soon become the subject of frequently repeated stories of debauchery and destruction while on tour. In 1977, the group performed what would be their final live appearance in the US, following months of rising fervor and rioting from their fandom. And in September of 1980, Bonham-plagued by alcoholism, anxiety, and the after-effects of years of excess-was found dead by his bandmates.

To this day, Bonham is posthumously described as one of the most important, well-known, and influential drummers in rock, topping best of lists describing him as an inimitable, all-time great. As Adam Budofsky, managing editor of Modern Drummer, explained, ‘If the king of rock ‘n’ roll was Elvis Presley, then the king of rock drumming was certainly John Bonham.'”

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson To Release “The Lives Of Brian” Autobiography In October

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson has announced that his autobiography “The Lives Of Brian” will be released on October 26. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s description of the book:

“Brian Johnson’s memoir from growing up in a small town to starting his own band to ultimately replacing Bon Scott, the lead singer of one of the world biggest rock acts, AC/DC. They would record their first album together, the iconic Back in Black, which would become the biggest selling rock album of all time.

Brian Johnson was born to a steelworker and WWII veteran father and an Italian mother, growing up in New Castle Upon Tyne, England, a working-class town. He was musically inclined and sang with the church choir. By the early ’70s he performed with the glam rock band Geordie, and they had a couple hits, but it was tough going. So tough that by 1976, they disbanded and Brian turned to a blue-collar life.

Then 1980 changed everything. Bon Scott, the lead singer and lyricist of the Australian rock band AC/DC died at 33. The band auditioned singers, among them Johnson, whom Scott himself had seen perform and raved about. Within days, Johnson was in a studio with the band, working with founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd, along with producer Mutt Lange.

When the album, Back in Black, was released in July—a mere three months after Johnson had joined the band—it exploded, going on to sell 50 million copies worldwide, and triggering a years-long worldwide tour. It has been declared “the biggest selling hard rock album ever made” and “the best-selling heavy-metal album in history.”

The band toured the world for a full year to support the album, changing the face of rock music—and Brian Johnson’s life—forever.”

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) To Release New Book “The Storyteller – Tales Of Life And Music” In October

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) will be releasing a new book titled “The Storyteller – Tales Of Life And Music” on October 5 via Dey Street Books. The effort will feature various stories from the musician’s life and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Grohl commented:

“There is a common thread that runs throughout everything that I do: storytelling. Whether in song, documentary film or on the page, I have always felt compelled to share moments from my life. This inclination is a huge part of what excites me creatively but also as a human being. In March 2020, realizing that my day job with the Foo Fighters was going to go on hold, I started an Instagram account (@davestruestories) and decided to focus all of my creative energy on writing some of my stories down, something I love doing but I’ve never really had the time for.

I soon found that the reward I felt every time I posted a story was the same as the feeling I get when playing a song to an audience, so I kept on writing. The response from readers was a soul-filling as any applause in an arena. So, I took stock of all the experiences I’ve had in my life-incredible, difficult, funny and emotional-and decided it was time to finally put them into words. Now with the amazing people at Dey Street Books I’m excited and honored to announce ‘The Storyteller‘, a collection of memories of a life lived loud.

From my early days growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, to hitting the road at the age of 18, and all the music that followed, I can now share these adventures with the world, as seen and heard from behind the microphone. Turn it up!”

A preview of the book can be found below:

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Etc. Featured In “Punk Rock & Paintbrushes” Art Book

Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will be releasing a new coffee table art book titled “Punk Rock & Paintbrushes: The Insides Of Artists Written By Outsiders” on April 15. The book, which was co-created by Emily T. Nielsen (Punk Rock & Paintbrushes) and Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals), can be pre-ordered HERE.

Here’s the artists and chapters featured in the book:

* Tim Armstrong: Punk, Passion & Paint
* Chali 2na: Manphibian Missions
* Jason Cruz: Screaming Smoke and Paintings Sung in the Key of A Minor
* Natalia Fabia: Lady Painter
* Sarah & Eric Melvin: A Couple That Paints Together
* Mark deSalvo: Leftover Liner Notes
* Steve Caballero: Skate and Create
* Paul Kobriger: The Footprint of Humans as Told Through a Ball Point Pen
* Carla Harvey: Sex & Transgressions
* Charlie Benante: Persistence Gets Surreal
* Chris Shary & Lori Herbst: Folie a Deux
* Christian Hosoi: Unrestricted Expression
* Jim Lindberg: Every Single Day
* Brent Broza: Time For a Change
* Danielle Donohue: The Great Gatsby or the GREATEST Gatsby???
* Dan Smith: Heart and Soul
* Olya & Vira – Mad Twins: Twins of Madness
* Matt Hensley: Under Pressure
* Jason Adams: Destination Nowheresville USA
* Jennie Cotterill: Bad Cop, Good Cake
* Tokyo Hiro: From Taboo to Tattoo
* Mike Gallo: My Life. My Way Everyday
* Shawn Foley: Chaotic Ambition
* Brian Bent: Bent Not Broken
* Soma Snakeoil: DominARTrix: Intersection of Sex, Art & Politics
* Warren Fitzgerald: An All Access Sanctuary of Self Expression & Autonomy

[via Blabbermouth]

Original Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Is Working On Autobiography

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has revealed that he is currently working on an autobiography. However, the release date is still pending.

Ward said the following about the book on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”:

“It’s not [going to be], like, ‘In 1968 we became famous, and then we did this and then we did that.’ In the book, I’m trying to be as careful about what I’m saying in order not to harm anybody — either the reader or anybody else that I’ve ever made contact with in my life. And right in the front of the book, there’s a great big notice to self, which is do not discriminate or do not say undignified things about your fellows or anything else. So it’s not gonna be a dirt book that puts me right down way below everything else, where the publishers — or some publishers — like it to be. I’m trying to write something that’s dignified.”

He continued:

“There are [things in the book that are] more pinpointed rather than all the other things about rock and roll — things that are, to me, distasteful now. I have grandchildren, so I’m writing it, more or less, for the grandchildren, so they can understand that I worked with some great men, some great players, some great musicians — I’ve worked with so many good musicians. And so far, I still continue to do that. So I hope it’ll be a book about being honorable and being worthwhile to other musicians and to interested readers.”

Ward added that he has also completed work another book, which already has a publisher. On top of that, the drummer is also “writing two or three other books”:

“I write all the time. Some of them are very personalized things. Some of them are sarcastic looks at life.”

[via Blabbermouth]