Martin Aston, author of Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache, sat down to discuss the book with BBC World Service Newshour. 


 

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About the Book

Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache is not only the first book to tell the story of how music “came out” but to the first to shed light on these hidden pioneers alongside their famous counterparts.

Author Mark Aston's ambitious and comprehensive narrative unfolds over a hundred years, against a backdrop of social and political shifts, as gay liberation transmuted into LGBTQ rights, pushing for visibility and equality, from 1920s liberalism through to the closet of postwar years, the eventual breakthroughs of the '60s, the permissive '70s, the mainstream invasion and AIDS crisis of the '80s, and the advances of the '90s and noughties. Aston also documents the retrogressive steps in Russia and parts of Africa, where songs bravely encapsulating the LGBTQ experience signify how the journey from illegality and bigotry to freedom is far from over.

About the Author

MARK ASTON (London, England) has written about popular music for over 30 years. He has contributed to numerous publications, including MOJOQGuardian, the Times (London), AttitudeRadio TimesSpin, and BBC Music, covering TV, film, and LGBT culture. He is the author of three books: Pulp (1995), Björkgraphy (1996), and, most recently, Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD. Compiled from 120 new interviews, it was voted a Book of the Year in 2013 by NMETimes Literary SupplementSpinDaily Telegraph, and Rough Trade Shops.

About BBC World Service Newshour 

Interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events.

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

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Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

               

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Kenny Aronoff, one of Rolling Stones', 'Top 100 Drummers of All Time,' can now add author to his repertoire with the release of Sex, Drums, Rock 'n' Roll! In the whirlwind of press surrounding this release, he sat down with Tim Barnicle and Harry Hill of the 'How I Got Here' podcast. The trio discussed Aronoff's early years, career, and new venture as an author and speaker. 


 

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About the Book

Sex, Drums, Rock ’n’ Roll!, with a foreword by Rush drummer Neil Peart, and researched and developed with Jake Brown, takes readers on Aronoff’s amazing journey from the small New England town where he watched the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 to performing alongside Paul and Ringo on a television special 50 years later. Along the way it chronicles an uncommon career in which the excesses of the rock ’n’ roll life are always tempered by his core personal and professional values.

About the Author

KENNY ARONOFF is one of the most famous and hardest working rock ‘n’ roll drummers performing today. After four decades behind the kit playing with John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Jon Bon Jovi, and many others, as house drummer for the Kennedy Center Honors, and alongside Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on the Beatles CBS special The Night That Changed America, Aronoff is listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” and remains one of the most in-demand live and session drummers in the music business working today. 

About How I Got Here

How I Got Here is a podcast hosted by two recently graduated college roommates, Tim Barnicle and Harry Hill, wondering how to make it in the world. Sitting down with several legends of their fields, such as Tom Brokaw and Larry King, Tim and Harry ask a simple question: how did you get to where you are in your career? Tracing the route from childhood to the present day, the interviews reveal unbelievable stories and incredible insights into paths that rarely follow expectations.

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

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Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

               

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Maynard James Keenan along with Sarah Jensen took a moment with Mark Rotella of Publisher's Weekly to discuss their joint effort and latest Backbeat Books release, A Perfect Union of Contrary Thingsfor the PW LitCast.


 

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About the Book

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things is the authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan. Co-author Sarah Jensen's 30-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his history and career trajectory. The book traces Keenan's journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking. A comprehensive portrayal of a versatile and dedicated artist, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things pays homage to the people and places that shaped the man and his art.

About the Authors

SARAH JENSEN grew up in rural Michigan in a family of storytellers. A writer and editor, her work ranges from creative nonfiction, journalism, and poetry to strategic messaging and developmental editing. Her 29-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his philosophies, his career trajectory, his struggles and joys, and his preference in omelets.

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN is an internationally revered musical artist and a vintner. He is best known as the vocalist in the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. Keenan is also the owner and winemaker of Caduceus Cellars winery in Jerome, Arizona.

About PW LitCast

Publisher's Weekly PW LitCast are conversations between Publishers Weekly editors and authors of new fiction and nonfiction books.

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

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Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

               

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Pearl Jam has been nominated for the 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame among the likes of 19 other artists including: Janet Jackson, Journey, Tupac, and Electric Light Orchestra. Tom Harkins, co-author chatted with Meltdown on WRIF (Detroit) to discuss Pearl Jam FAQ. Listen to the interview below.


 

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About the Book

In Pearl Jam FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Seattle’s Most Enduring Band (May 2016, Backbeat Books, $19.99), authors Thomas Edward Harkins and Bernard M. Corbett explore the entire arc of the band's career, from their pre-Pearl Jam days to the present. Each of 30 chapters explores a different aspect of Pearl Jam's fascinating history.

About the Authors

THOMAS EDWARD HARKINS is a media ecologist and former adjunct professor who spent ten years teaching undergraduates at NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, and a year at Adelphi University. The two-(nearly three!)-time New York University alumnus now works as a freelance writer and editor in his native Brooklyn. Rock ’n’ roll is his abiding passion.

BERNARD M. CORBETT is the radio voice of Harvard University football and Boston University hockey. The Massachusetts native and Boston University alumnus is the author of nearly 20 books, most of them dealing with sports and rock ’n’ roll. The music historian has worked with the late, legendary NYC DJ Pete Fornatale on books about Woodstock and the Rolling Stones. He lives in Boston.

About Meltdown on WRIF

Meltdown began his journey on WRIF on November 1st, 1995. His first shift was the graveyard shift, 2am-5:30am. A few years later he  bumped up to 7pm-Mid. On February 10th, 2009 he took over afternoons and remains there to this day. In over 20 years at RIFF he's had the chance to work with legends and some of the industries best.

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

 iTunes   RSS   Libsyn   Blog  Email

Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

               

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Michael Jackson a name that will cemented in history forever. Kit O'Toole, author of Michael Jackson FAQ,sat down with Steve Ludwig of Classic Pop Culture to discuss the book in addition to how Michael revolutionized modern music and pop culture.



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About the Book

Michael Jackson FAQ (takes a fresh look at Jackson’s four-decade career, covering his work in three acts – the Jackson 5, the Jacksons, and his solo years. Along the way, O’Toole reveals details such as Michael’s earliest musical influences; the Jackson 5’s start on the Steeltown label; the key players truly involved in the group’s discovery; Michael’s transformation in to a prolific songwriter; his explorations of genres, from soul to disco to pop and hip hop; the tours, videos, and notable television appearances; his best-selling albums (Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous); outtakes and obscure tracks; and more.

About Kit O'Toole

Kit O'Toole is a freelance writer who has written about rock, jazz, and R&B for more than 20 years. Her work has appeared in print publications including Showcase Chicago and Goldmine, and she is a contributing editor for Beatlefan magazine. As a blogger, O’Toole writes for Something Else Reviews, Blinded by Sound, and Cinema Sentries, and previously served as a music editor for BlogCritics. She lives in Chicago.

About Classic Pop Culture

Steve Ludwig talks with figures from all walks of Pop Culture in areas of Music, TV, Movies, the Art World, Books, Sports on the  STEVE LUDWIG'S CLASSIC POP CULTURE Radio Show. Steve shares his lifelong love of pop culture with his audience through fun, relaxed interviews plus TONS of very cool music. All shows are archived.

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

 iTunes   RSS   Libsyn   Blog  Email

Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

               

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AC/DC FAQ author Susan Masino shared her account of her three decade friendship with the band on The Slacker Morning Show (101 The Fox, Kansas City) listeners. With AC/DC playing in the background, this fast paced interview took listeners along with Susan on a stroll down memory lane



Onstage and Backstage

 

About the Book

Featuring 37 chapters, AC/DC FAQ chronicles the personal history of each of the band members, all their albums, tours, and various anecdotes. Rebounding from the tragic loss of their singer Bon Scott in 1980, AC/DC hired Brian Johnson and went on to record Back in Black, which is now one of the top five biggest-selling albums in music history. Taking a seven-year break after their album Stiff Upper Lip, the band came back in the fall of 2008 with a new album, Black Ice, and a tour that ran from 2008 through the summer of 2010. Once again breaking records, AC/DC saw the Black Ice Tour become the second-highest-grossing tour in history. True rockers from the very beginning, AC/DC will continue to be heralded as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.

About Susan Masino 

Susan Masino has been a rock journalist for more than 30 years and has written six books, including Family Tradition: Three Generations of Hank Williams, published by Backbeat Books, and The Story of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, which has now been published in 11 languages. She also appears in the Van Halen DVD The Early Years and the movie AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

About The Slacker Morning Show 

The Slacker Morning Show every weekday morning 5am to 9am CST on 101 the Fox! Kansas City's Classic Rock Station and 30 year home of the Chiefs Radio Network. 

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

 iTunes   RSS   Libsyn   Blog  Email

Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

               

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Bruce Scivally, sat down with Patrick Phillips of Pop Culture Tonight for the Halloween segment, 'Monsters of Pop Culture,' to discuss the little known facts and history of Count Dracula. 



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About the Book

Dracula FAQ unearths little-known facts about both the historical and literary Dracula. The 15th-century warlord Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler and Dracula (son of the Dragon), became a legendary figure in his native Wallachia. Four hundred years later, Irish author Bram Stoker appropriated Dracula's name for a vampire novel he spent seven years researching and writing.

About Bruce Scivally

Bruce Scivally is the author of several books on film history, including James Bond: The Legacy, Superman on Film, Television, Radio & Broadway, and Billion Dollar Batman. After spending 22 years working in the film industry in Los Angeles, he moved to Chicago, where he teaches scriptwriting and film history classes at the Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago and Columbia College.

About Pop Culture Tonight 

Broadcast weekly from Austin Texas, Pop Culture Tonight™ with Patrick Phillips is a half-hour, internationally syndicated talk radio show with a focus on ALL THINGS ENTERTAINMENT; Without the scandal or sensationalism!

Each week, seasoned host Patrick Phillips explores a vast range of subjects with news, valuable insights and lively in-depth conversation from popular entertainers, experts, athletes, authors, film composers, Youtube stars and more!

Produced audio segments often place the listener directly into a given fandom, genre or topic, with Phillips’ celebrity guests regularly reprising their signature catchphrase or momentarily jumping back into their iconic roles.

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

 iTunes   RSS   Libsyn   Blog  Email

Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

               

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Jeff Cioletti, author of Beer FAQ, sat down with Christopher Khan of Happy Hour Radio. The interview covered how he got into beer, his inspiration for the book, and more. Listen to the interview below. 



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About the Book

Beer FAQ features insight not only on how it's made, but how it makes the journey from the brew house floor to the drinker's glass. The book offers a touch of history, a bit of globetrotting, and a look at the companies and enterprising individuals leading the modern brewing renaissance. It also offers a nostalgic look at beer's evolving role in pop culture – from advertising to television to movies – over the past century. 

About Jeff Cioletti

Jeff Cioletti is an internationally recognized beverage writer, having served as editor-in-chief of Beverage World magazine and written articles for a variety of publications, including Draft and All About Beer magazine. He is also the author of the book The Year of Drinking Adventurously and writer/producer/director of Beerituality a feature-length comedy set in the world of craft beer. Cioletti is the creator and host of the weekly web beverage news show The Drinkable Week at DrinkableGlobe.com. He has been interviewed on a wide range of beverage-related topics for major national media outlets, including TV, radio, and print. The northern New Jersey native divides his time between Washington, D.C., and New York.

About Happy Hour Radio 

A long-time Food and Beverage Professional in Seattle and beyond, with an Advanced Sommelier Degree through the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers, Bartender Extraordinaire, Wine & Spirits Educator, and Auction Emcee – Christopher is your very own personal and amiable tour guide in the world of flavor.

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

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Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

               

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Shelly Peiken, author of Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, was on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast with Bonnie Wallace. Shelly discussed the songwriting process, being an artist, todays music industry, advice to younger songwriters. The podcast is available below, click play to hear what they had to say!

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About the Book
Confessions of a Serial Songwriter is an amusing and poignant memoir about songwriter Shelly Peiken's journey from young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to working professional songwriter writing hits of her own. It's about growing up, the creative process – the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the divas and schemers, but also the talented and remarkable people she's found along the way. It's filled with stories and step-by-step advice about the songwriting process, especially collaboration. And it's about the challenge of staying relevant in a rapidly changing and youth-driven world.

Shelly Peiken is a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She has been a prolific, behind-the-scenes force in the music business for more than two decades. Her songs have sold in excess of 50 million records. She is beast known for penning culturally resonant anthems, including Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants, Meredith Brooks’s “Bitch,” and songs recorded by Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, the Pretenders, Keith Urban, Cher, the Backstreet Boys, and many others. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Hometown to Hollywood is an extension of Bonnie Wallace's website, Hollywood Parent's Guide. She shares valuable information, stories, and advice to help you chart your own unique path through this exciting territory. Everyone’s story is different, but we share many of the same challenges and concerns. Her commitment is to be the best, most authentic resource available in the industry.

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

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Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

               

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Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporation. We have the largest collection of books and DVDs for aspiring and professional musicians, producers, engineers, directors, actors of stage and screen, and discerning fans of pop culture, cinema, television, Broadway, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock 'n' roll, and more! Visit our imprint websites below:

            

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Just in time for the release of Eight Days a Week, Ron Howard's documentary about the Beatles in America, Chuck Gunderson spoke with Publishers Weekly about his spectacular two-volume set on the subject, Some Fun Tonight! The Story of How the Beatles Rocked America: The Historic Tours 1964-1966. Listen to the interview below!

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About the Book
Some Fun Tonight! The Backstage Story of How the Beatles Rocked America: The Historic Tours of 1964-1966 is a comprehensive two-volume set which gives you a city-by-city synopsis of the group's activities as they traveled the United States and Canada for their groundbreaking series of concerts. From San Francisco's Cow Palace show on August 19, 1964, through their last-ever live performances at that city's famed Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966, these books cover the music and the madness that characterized the Beatles' three North American tours. With hundreds of photographs and images of rare memorabilia, it is truly the definitive reference for what is arguably the most important period in the Beatles' long and winding career.

 

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Chuck Gunderson is the country's leading expert on the Beatles' three North American tours. Over nearly three decades, he has amassed what is arguably the most comprehensive collection of American tour-related memorabilia and artifacts in the world. A veteran of the outdoor advertising industry, he holds degrees in history from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. He lives in Washington, Utah.

 

Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and "the bible of the book business," is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business. It is targeted at publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors and the media. It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing some 9,000 per year.To learn more, visit their website here.

 

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

 

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Backbeat Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It offers publications for performers and fans passionate about music, including: discographies, band bios and memoirs, and books on music equipment, instruction, recording, and more. Visit backbeatbooks.com.

 

Website   E-Newsletter   Facebook   Twitter   YouTube   MusicPro Guides

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporation. We have the largest collection of books and DVDs for aspiring and professional musicians, producers, engineers, directors, actors of stage and screen, and discerning fans of pop culture, cinema, television, Broadway, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock 'n' roll, and more! Visit our imprint websites below:

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