Despite his sweeping influence — not to mention rollicking classics like the song that inspired this book title – Huey “Piano” Smith remains this endlessly enigmatic figure. An excerpt from John Wirt’s new comprehensive, first-ever biography, courtesy of LSU Press, takes us inside the moment when “Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” caught fire.
When I was told I was being sent a book of interviews with creative, inspirational musicians, I thought it might be something I might dip into now and then, leave on the shelf for a couple months and re-visit when I felt like a bit of inspiration.
Yoko Ono still lives in the same building where her husband John Lennon was gunned down by a crazed fan in 1980. In the same apartment they shared. For that matter, in the same space where she raised her son Sean before he grew up and moved away.
Books: I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway (2014)
I’ll Take You There, Greg Kot’s new biography of Mavis Staples, explores the life and times of an ebullient contralto and former member of the Staple Singers who’s still belting out R&B and gospel at 74.
A comprehensive biography of Stevie Nicks now has a publication date, according to Amazon: October, 21, 2014. The Fleetwood Mac chanteuse’s story is being written by Stephen Davis, who helped bandmate/lover Mick Fleetwood compose his 1990 autobiography.
Jeff Walker’s just-published book Sex and the Beatles: 400 Entries is exactly what the title suggests — a look at the sexy underbelly of the Fab Four in 400 ways you probably couldn’t imagine.
There had been some talk about an autobiography from Steve Lukather, the co-founding Toto guitarist who’s played on countless sessions. That project has been shelved, however, amidst a flurry of new activity. Lukather had been at work on the book with Lonn Friend, a Grant High School classmate and ex-editor of RIP magazine.
Horror legend Stephen King’s new novel Dr. Sleep, a sequel to the hit book and film The Shining, begins with a hat tip to the late singer-songwriter Warren Zevon.
Quincy Jones, one of the most prolific musical composers, arrangers and producers of the 20th Century, is best known as arranger and producer for Michael Jackson’s Thriller.