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Backstage Past [Kindle Edition]

Barry Fey , Pete Townshend , Ozzy Osbourne ; Sharon Osbourne ;

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Backstage Past will take you backstage into the dressing rooms and behind the scenes with the worlds greatest rock stars and legendary promoter, Barry Fey.
Long before corporate greed took over the rock concert business and caused ticket prices to skyrocket, Barry Fey and his company Feyline Concerts were promoting shows with ticket prices under $10 for The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, U2 and many others. Always concerned that his audiences had the best experience possible, he was honored a never equaled three consecutive years by Billboard Magazine as Concert Promoter of the Year in 1978 through 1980.
During Barry Fey's 32 years as a promoter he has rubbed elbows and cut deals with nearly every legend of Rock 'n Roll and in Backstage Past he shares those behind the scenes stories of a mercurial business during a tumultuous time. It is a backstage pass to never before revealed tales of the Rock `n Roll business and its performers.
This book includes an original poem by U2 great Bono. Forewords by Pete Townshend and Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 256 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR39O8Y
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  29 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down! 30 Nov 2011
By SLebsack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If I hadn't have been hooked after reading forewords by Pete Townshend and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, I would have been just by looking at the Table of Contents---it's a Who's Who of Rock 'n Roll! This is a collection of stories about every major group from Aerosmith to ZZ Top. The story about Elvis made me cringe, but the long chapters about The Who, the Rolling Stones and U2 were compelling. Bill Graham gets trashed by Barry Fey---you can read why Barry tried to have him killed. Bruce Springsteen gets lost 4-wheeling in Colorado; Ozzy has a bloody backstage moment with Barry; Aerosmith holds a backstage intervention for Fey; Barry's on the phone with Keef when John Lennon's shot; Bono pulls back Barry's hospital bed sheet and sees it all; Mick and Keith teach Barry how to snort coke; Willie Nelson and Barry buy a house together in Hawaii; Barry proposes to Bonnie Raitt, but would have dumped her for Bette. My only complaint about this book is that it wasn't longer. And, the dust jacket is worth the price by itself---it folds out into a montage of classic backstage passes. Awesome. Great Christmas gift.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Great Read 27 Dec 2011
By Jan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having grown up going to Feyline concerts, this book was a wonderful nostalgia read. Barry is honest and balanced, which is refreshing. He is to be congratulated for never getting starstruck or losing his own identity. Congratulations Barry!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoping For More 27 Dec 2011
By Frontroworbust - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I too grew up going to Feyline shows in Denver from as far back as 1971. While Backstage Past had a lot of interesting stories, it was not the book I had been eagerly awaiting all these years. I was looking forward to a book more local in its flavor, with more information regarding the Colorado concert scene. It would have been nice to have had a list of Feyline produced shows along with warm-up acts, dates and locations of those shows. In addition, more actual concert photography from those shows would have enhanced the narrative. So many great shows weren't even mentioned like 10 Years After with J. Geils, Humble Pie with Foghat, Traffic with Free, the list goes on. I was surprised that there was no mention of the legendary Feyline Halloween shows with the outrageous costume contests where the winner got two front row seats to every Feyline show the following year.
As a huge concert fan that despite its horrendous sound, thinks back on the Colosseum as a cathedral of worship, perhaps we need a companion book from a fan's perspective covering the sights, smells, sounds and experience of growing up with Feyline and all those incredible shows.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shorts, a t-shirt, a suit jacket and tennis shoes never looked better... 4 Oct 2012
By *~*Pineapple*~*Kindle Forum Pro*~* - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Is this great literature? No

Is Barry Fey a great author? No

Then why all the stars? Because Barry Fey helped write the soundtrack of my life. He's the best darned concert promoter ever.

This book brought back so many great memories of so many fabulous concerts.

It's written in a conversational, somewhat haphazard style. It's one man's story of how he came to bring great music to probably millions of fans.

The book's full of interesting stories and tidbits, famous faces and places, a lot of laughs and a few tears.

Thanks, Barry, for over 30 years of great music and fun times in my life.

ETA - I have this book on my Kindle. I don't know why it says I bought it in hardback. It's no longer available in Kindle format for some strange reason.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Not just a Biography but also history! 1 April 2012
By Robert Bruce Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Did you live in or near Denver at any time during the mid 60's into at least the 80's? Are you old enough to remember KIMN AM radio and Jay Mac in Denver? Did you ever go to a Feyline concert? Did you ever camp out for at least one night or more to get tickets to a Feyline concert? Did you ever do the whole day Redrocks concert thing - showing up early morning to park, waiting in the sun to get in to Red Rocks, then rushing in to get good seats and then settling back in the early afternoon partying and relaxing and waiting for the concert to start later that evening?

If you did, you have to buy and read this book! Even if you didn't, if you love the rock and roll music and the bands from the best time period for Rock and Roll, you have to buy and read this book. If you love the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, Jethro Tull, U2, The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and every name band of the era and some of the lesser great rock and roll bands, you must buy and read this book.

This book is more than the biography of one of the greatest concert promoters. For people of my age (56) who lived and loved the music of this era and lived in Denver or the Rockies, this is a book about and for us. It's a part of our lives. I haven't felt this much emotion in a long time. This book brings back vivid memories of a time in many of our lives that was dynamic, beautiful and so eventful.

Barry Fey and his concerts were an integral part of this time. The book is fascinating and revealing....again especially to us of that era and time. What a surprise to find out after all these years that the Rolling Stones and Barry ate at the Little Shanghai Cafe - a restaurant I have frequented on a regular basis since it opened and yet I didn't know about them eating there. I knew that Denver was the first place in the US that Led Zeppelin performed but Barry's book adds so much info to how and why that occurred.

Please buy this book! It's more than just a book. It's memories that should be kept alive and preserved. The two introductions by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and then Pete Townshend will captivate your interest and the book itself will never relinquish it.

This book is so good that I had to buy a hard back copy even though I first bought it as the kindle edition.

I doubt that this review will ever be read by Barry. But just in case, thank you Barry. Thank you for the great music! Thank you for those memorable days and nights at Red Rocks. Thank you for some of the best times of my life. Thank you for this book and letting me relive those times. Thank you for the inside info regarding some of the incidents that I knew about or took part in and yet didn't have the full picture until now. My first concert was one of yours (The Who). Most of my concerts and most of my favorite concerts were yours. Thank you so very much!

Addendum: When I wrote the above, I was over 50% through the book and overwhelmed by the memories it evoked and the info I had gained. But at 80% of the book read, I finally hit what I was waiting for - Barry's comments on the Moody Blues. I love Led Zepplin, The Who, Airplane/Starship and others but my favorite group is the Moody Blues. At their peak, I was sitting oil wells as a geologist and only managed to see them once. Two other times I had tickets and then had to leave town for a well before the concert. Another time, I camped out for 2 days in Casper Wyoming for Moody Blues tickets. It was to be the first big concert at their new arena. I got my tickets and interviewed for tv as Casper had never seen people camp out for tickets and then a snow storm hit and the Moody Blues had to cancel Casper so they could play Denver. That was my luck with seeing the Moody Blues. So I owe Barry another big thanks because of his Moody Blues/Symphony Orchestra concerts. It allowed me to see them so many additional times. I was in the crowd during the taping of the PBS concert at Red Rocks. That's another very big THANK YOU!!!! Barry, Thank you for the Moody Blues concerts I wouldn't have seen, the Jethro Tull concerts I went to every chance I got. Thank you, again.
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