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The Vinyl Dialogues: Stories behind memorable albums of the 1970s as told by the artists [Kindle Edition]

Mike Morsch

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Book Description

Coming Soon! The Vinyl Dialogues Volume II: Dropping the Needle... on more albums of the 1970s

A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library Book!

The new book by Mike Morsch features interviews with Rock luminaries such as Hall & Oates, Stevie Van Zandt, Dave Mason, Edgar Winter, Joe Vitale, The Doobie Brothers, Al Stewart and more. The Vinyl Dialogues offers the stories behind 31 of the top albums of the 70s, including backstories behind the albums, the songs, and the artists.

It was the 1970s: Big hair, bell-bottomed pants, Elvis sideburns and puka shell necklaces. The drugs, the freedom, the Me Generation, the lime green leisure suits.

And then there was the music and how it defined a generation. The birth of Philly soul, the Jersey Shore Sound and disco.

It's all there in "The Vinyl Dialogues," as told by the artists who lived and made Rock and Roll history throughout the decade.

Throw in a little political intrigue - The Guess Who being asked not to play its biggest hit, "American Woman," at a White House appearance and Brewer and Shipley being called political subversives and making President Nixon's infamous "enemies list" - and "The Vinyl Dialogues offers a first-hand snapshot of a country in transition, hung over from the massive cultural changes of the 1960s and ready to dress outrageously and to shake its collective booty. All seen through the eyes, recollections and perspectives of the artists who lived it and made all that great music on all those great albums.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2756 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Biblio Publishing (21 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KI1QW7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #498,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars I like the book 16 Mar. 2015
By RockDJ - Published on
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I like the book, but it would be hard to recommend to others when you see a major error in only the second paragraph of the very first chapter, in which author Mike Morsch discusses The Flying Burrito Brothers' LP, "Burrito Deluxe." Burrito Brothers founding member Gram Parsons was not an original of the Byrds. He joined The Byrds only after that band had completed the recording of its fifth album, "The Notorious Byrd Brothers." I don't think this is nitpicking given the premise of the book. Perhaps it could be corrected for the downloadable versions.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this book! 10 Jun. 2014
By Jeff Lamb - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been in radio for 36 years. The Vinyl Dialogues had story after story that I knew nothing about. It contains great story after great story. If you love music from the 70's and the bands that made all the hits, you'll love The Vinyl Dialogues. A must have collection of priceless stories you never knew existed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Backstories of Classic 70s Albums 9 Jun. 2014
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A must read for music lovers. Great inside stories of some classic 70s albums. What giant hit was originally called "the double drum song"? What instrument does Al Stewart think sounds like a "wounded cow" on his classic song "Year of the Cat"? What Beatle did Ian McLagan of the Faces call "a bit of a prude"? How did Doug Clifford of CCR get the nickname "Cosmo"? The book covers a wide genre of music- from Renaissance and Edgar Winter to the Statler Brothers and David Cassidy. But each chapter kept my interest, even for those albums that weren't my favorites of that era. And I'm inspired to now purchase some of the ones that slipped under my radar. My biggest problem was trying to decide if I wanted to read it from start to finish, or go right to the chapters on my favorite performers first. Either way works. I can't wait for a volume 2!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vinyl Dialogues....great book to own...lyrics in it's own way... 12 July 2014
By Cingee - Published on
I initially bought this book because Mike included the band PLAYER...when it came in less time than what I anticipated, I was so happy....and then I opened the book...and I was much information on so many outstanding musicians...much of which I didnt know at all...great writing style...loved that he dove in and gives the goods without writing things that you might find on a CD jacket cover....made me want to get to see bands that I havent seen before....the price is peanuts for what you get...a great read....and so worth owning your own copy.....!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I like most about Mike Morsch's "The Vinyl Dialogues" is that 27 Dec. 2014
By hoogoosethemoose - Published on
What I like most about Mike Morsch's "The Vinyl Dialogues" is that, much like a record collection, each chapter is it's own separate entity. There is an overall cohesiveness to the book, but it allows you to jump around from chapter to chapter based on your interest in each particular album or group. The book is written in an engaging and straightforward style that allows the artists themselves to speak, as opposed to the author trying to color their stories with his own personal tastes or opinions. That's a hard thing to do, and Mike does it deftly. He guides the narrative in a coherent fashion that makes it feel comfortable and familiar, much like the albums the stories represent. A worthwhile read. I would recommend reading a chapter, listening to the corresponding albums and then reread the chapter. It offers an insight that adds another dimension to the songs, the albums, the stories and the book. Enjoy.
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