Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll

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  • 262 Pages
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  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard



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Here are fifteen astonishing rock 'n' roll tales, from the sordid to the hilarious, from Josh Alan Friedman, author of the classic Tales of Times Square. Legendary musicians and songwriters are captured in moments of crisis, despair, revelation, and glory, and the last great story of the music business, Leiber and Stoller, is told here for the first time ever.

From New York to Texas, Friedman pulls no punches as he peels back the myths surrounding Doc Pomus, Johnny Otis, Elvis Presley, Big Mama Thornton, Dr. John, Phil Spector, Ahmet Ertegun, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, and more, including Rick Sikes and the Rhythm Rebels, possibly the only true "outlaw" band in the history of country music - they robbed banks when they weren't onstage. Friedman cuts right to the bone with the true stories of bluesmen and studio cats, junkies, Jewish hustlers, and mafia thugs, all of whom played starring roles in the history of rock 'n' roll.

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A wild insider's ride with one of music's most notorious journalists. Here are 15 music profiles, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Leiber & Stoller, the white fathers of R&B and rock and roll, who possess what is perhaps the last great untold story of the music biz. They created the American songbook of the '50s and '60s, led by Elvis, the Coasters, and the Drifters. Doc Pomus, the only white blues singer in America making records in the 1940s. Half of the hit songwriting team of Pomus-Shuman during the Brill Building era, Doc had the biggest heart in the music business. A sad, comic-tragic romance with the Ronettes' Ronnie Spector, dubbed an "oldie" once she left her teens.

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  • Sales Rank: 33,803
  • ISBN: 9780879309329
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