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.

           

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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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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.

           

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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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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



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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.

           

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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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