Foreward by Alice Cooper
Dick Wagner, “The Maestro of Rock,” is an award winning lead guitarist, songwriter, and author. Wagner’s songs and lead guitar have been featured on more than 200 renowned albums, garnering more than 35 Platinum and Gold records, BMI songwriter awards, and numerous prestigious international awards.
In “Not Only Women Bleed, Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician, the “Maestro” shares a lifetime of experience as songwriter, lead guitarist, producer, and musical director with top international performance and recording artists, including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Air Supply, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and dozens more.
“Not Only Women Bleed” stands tall among a proliferation of memoirs about sex, drugs and rock and roll. Supported by an edgy and ironic wit, Wagner creates rich visualizations that transport and envelop the reader in place and time. He delivers tales of reckless behavior and intimate debauchery with an emotional reverberation that resonates with a wide reading audience.
NOT ONLY WOMEN BLEED, by Dick Wagner: Winner of FIVE International book awards:
• 2013 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Category: Narrative Non-Fiction
• 2013 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS: Category: Non-Fiction: Narrative
• 2013 IPPY Independent Publishers Book Award: Category: Autobiography/Memoir
• 2013 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Category Winner: Music and Performing Arts Categories
• 2013 Foreword Book of The Year Awards: Finalist – awaiting final winners on June 29, 2013: Category: Adult Non-Fiction, Performing Arts & Music
"Informed, informative, entertaining, and candid, Not Only Women Bleed is highly recommended for personal and community library collections in general, and a 'must read' to the legions of Dick Wagner fans with an interest in his life and times!" THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"A fine new book...I think books like these—especially when penned by the performers themselves—will eventually be perceived as real jewels. Highly recommended." DAVE DIMARTINO, YAHOO MUSIC
"Absolutely anyone into rock and roll will find more than enough in both style and substance to enjoy Wagner's trip into rock's dark and electric corners. If you can only read two or three good memoirs this year, Not Only Women Bleed should be on that list." Dr Wesley Britton, BOOKPLEASURES.COM
“It's witty, artful, literate, sometimes cheeky...wistful and exuberant but, above all, musical. But that’s Dick in a sentence.” BOB EZRIN (Producer, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper)
“The invisible virtuoso, guitar legend Dick Wagner bears his soul in his tightly presented new memoir, Not Only Women Bleed." James Campion, THE HUFFINGTON POST
“Wagner takes the reader on a highly entertaining and compelling emotional roller-coaster ride that seemingly leaves no stone unturned. ‘Not Only Women Bleed’ is almost impossible to put down.” Ryan Sparks, CLASSIC ROCK REVISITED
“Dick Wagner has forever projected an earthly musical spirit that is pure American R&R & R&B. He is one of the best guitarists in the world.” TED NUGENT, Rocker
"Name your all-time favorite rock guitar solos and chances are at least one of them will include the legendary Dick Wagner." DAVID FOSTER (Celine Dion, Josh Groban)
"I first saw Dick Wagner while he was playing with the Frost in Detroit, and quickly I filed him under ‘guitar players I’d like to steal'.... But Dick isn't JUST a guitar player... He’s a gifted writer, and I wrote most of the Alice Cooper hits with him.” ALICE COOPER, Rocker
"It's wicked, but I loved it." Anonymous Church Lady
The hands-on, day to day collaboration with his editor, Susan Michelson, struck a rare balance, creating a great read that preserves all that is fresh and different about Wagner’s book. No ghost writing here…no heavy handed “fit-the-mold” editing and rewriting. The result is a hard-driving, heart-driven life scripture, vividly and joyfully conveyed.