- 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)
Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock and Roll Survivor Paperback – 22 Apr 1999
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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!
Top Customer Reviews
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!