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Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock and Roll Survivor Paperback – 22 Apr 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Billboard Books,U.S. (22 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823082571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823082575
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,090,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The songwriter, founder of the group Blood Sweat & Tears, and keyboardist shares his memories of rock'n'roll history, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

From the Author

Finally, a chance to speak my mind!
With the publication of this book, I finally get to answer the questions that NEVER get asked in interviews; the things I really want you to know about the wacky life I have led. My experiences with Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Stones, George Harrison, BB King, Otis Spann, Muddy Waters, and many others are all included in here. It's the unlikely tale of how an ambitious 14 year old busted out of Queens, New York and visited often in the salons and saloons of rock royalty. The sex and drugs are on board, but not grandstanded just for their own sake. But it's the rock n roll that this is mainly about and you can follow it's evolution from infancy in the '50's to just the other day. I want to thank those of you who jumped right up and bought it and apologize to those of you who have to wait a few weeks to receive it because of the back-order situation. Have patience, cause I know you'll really get a chuckle and a little education out of it. Thanks to amazon.com for giving me this cyber soapbox!

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Candid, honest, revealing, and funny, Al Kooper takes readers on a rock and roll rollercoaster filled with classic sessions with legends like Dylan and the Stones, groundbreaking work with The Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, and the master's touch that brought Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Tubes to prominence. Writing in a fluid, friendly style that feels like he's sitting right next to you pulling out albums from his own collection and telling you what turns him on, Kooper dishes the surprisingly-sour-grapes-free dirt on the nastiness and selfishness of the music industry and how it made him decide to leave the business and do the things he wants to do (such as teaching at Berklee and playing occasional gigs with superstars from late-night-TV-show bands) on his own terms. Amazing photos, incredible puns, and a promise to sign your book if you bring it to one of his shows are just some of unusual things that make this book a must for anyone who digs rock and roll, the blues, the 60s, or just a good story well told.
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Much more than the creator of The Blues Project; Blood,Sweat and Tears; and Super Session, the thread that is Al Kooper runs through most of the major events of rock-and-roll over the past thirty-plus years. "Backstage Passes..." is the chronicle of those times from the man who lived them (and survived them). Kooper's touch with a tune transfers well to the page, making for an insightful, humorous read. As a 20-year Kooper fan, I found mountains of "Gee, I didn't know..." material. Like: I didn't know about the Jonie Mitchell story. Didn't know how Stephen Stills wound up on Super Session, didn't appreciate the changing of the guard at B,S&T.
The world finally get an answer to the question: What do Judy Collins, Stephen King, B.B. King, Gary Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Rick Nelson, Jimmy Carter, Randy Travis, and George Harrison all have in common?
My advice: order "Backstage Passes...", and Kooper's 2-CD set "Soul of A Man" (both available from Amazon.com). Slide both discs in, crack this mutha of a book, and let Al take you for a rollercoaster-of-a-ride through the soul of rock. You'll love it...more than you'll ever know!
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I followed Al's music from the mid 60's as studio musician and with the Blues Project through his formation of Blood, Sweat & Tears, his amazing work with Michael Bloomfield and his solo work. This book captures and accounts for this very creative and brilliant work. This book is very educational and simply loaded with facts and interesting tidbits of information for not just a fan of Al's or of music in general but everyone. The book goes into detail and makes you feel as if you were there experiencing the events yourself. This is an excellent read and I highly reccomend this book and also Al's CD's (Rekooperation and Soul Of A Man, Live). This is brilliant work by one the most prolific, creative and soulful musical artists that ever lived. Thank you Al and keep on Rockin'.
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Al Kooper has been at the center of the rock music scene for thirty-plus years. He's been a songwriter, producer, sideman, bandleader, A&R man, Label head, talent scout, writer, etc. He is not a hanger-on, but a vital link in the chain. This book is an overview of his career from his own lips. After reading this book and getting to know him via the internet, my respect for the man and his achievements has grown by leaps and bounds. To put it bluntly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a lesser place without Mr. Kooper as an inductee.
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Al Kooper seems to have managed to be in the right place at the right time on many, many occasions! This book brings you inside the music business and reveals it, warts and all. Chock full of incredible stories and extremely well-written, you almost feel as if you were there rubbing elbows with Bob Dylan, George Harrison and the Rolling Stones among many others. Don't miss this terrific, funny and very engaging book.
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