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#45 – Johnny Morgan – Art of the LP

Art of the LP by Johnny Morgan

In the Art of the LP, author Johnny Morgan explores a time when the vinyl record was king.  Although it wasn’t portable and scratched easily, the LP created a great opportunity for visual expression, because of it’s large 12 x12 inch size.  Now, of course, no one bothers with clever cover art, since it’s only going to be squished into your teeny Ipod viewscreen.  But, as Morgan’s book suggests, there was a time when what was on the cover, was just as important as the music inside.  Hear the Art of the LP Johnny Morgan interview by clicking below.

#38 – Elijah Wald – The Blues: A Very Short Introduction

Elijah Wald

Elijah Wald is the author of a new book, The Blues: A Very Short Introduction. In a little over 100 pages, he explores the history of blues, covering it’s many styles and key pioneers.  He also traces its connection to other forms of music, like jazz and country.  Wald has written several other music-related books, including the controversial-titled How the Beatles Destroyed Rock n’ Roll.  Icon Fetch chats with the current blues professor at UCLA about his new book and more.  Click below to listen to the Elijah Wald interview with Icon Fetch.

#31 – Gary Calamar – Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again

Gary Calamar

The local music shops are a dying breed, but they used to be a part of our everyday life.  Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again is a new book that serves as both a history of retail music and an homage to the mighty few independent stores who are still fighting the good fight.  The book is packed full of great photos and testimonials from a wide range of artists, all championing the local vinyl dealer.  Icon Fetch talks with one of the authors, Gary Calamar, about putting this labor of love together.  Click below for the Gary Calamar interview.

#22 – Ray Charles Jr. – You Don’t Know Me

Ray Charles Jr.
He is the son of Ray Charles, yet for most of his early life, his dad was not around; constantly out on the road.  Ray Charles Jr. has just written the book “You Don’t Know Me,” which delves deeper into the story of his father than the movie “Ray” ever did.  He talks candidly about how his dad’s transgressions had a lasting impact on he and his brothers, and how despite seeing firsthand the dangers of drug abuse, he traveled down that very same destructive path.  Ray Jr. talks to Icon Fetch about his memories of his dad in the studio, his thoughts on the “Ray” movie, and how his own daughter has a chance to carry on the legacy left by her grandfather.  Click below for the Ray Charles Jr. interview.

#14 – Sam Cutler – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

You Can't Always Get What You Want by Sam Cutler

Sam Cutler was the tour manager for the Rolling Stones during their 1969 tour that ended in the Altamont concert tragedy.  He later became the road manager for the Grateful Dead, helping them get out of debt and on their way to being one of the top-grossing bands in the world.  Sam is the author of a new book called “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: My Life With the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates.”  Icon Fetch talks with Cutler from his home in Australia, where he gives some of his thoughts on what went wrong during the Altamont free concert, and  shares memories of the Dead and Janis Joplin.  You can download an App for your I-phone and hear Sam read the book by clicking here. Click below for the Sam Cutler interview.

#5 – Bobby Blotzer of Ratt – Infestation

Hard rockers Ratt have just released “Infestation,” their first new CD in 11 years.  The band, whose hits include “Round and Round,” “Lay it Down,” “You’re in Love,” and “Way Cool Jr,” recently put the original lineup back together and have hit the road.  With singer Stephen Pearcy back in the fold after a hiatus, the band sounds re-energized and the new CD is proof.  Infestation is full of crunching guitars and memorable hooks straight out of 1984.  Icon Fetch talks with drummer and founding member Bobby Blotzer about the reunion, new album, and his new book, “Tales of a RATT: Things You Shouldn’t Know.”

#4 – Solomon Burke – Nothing’s Impossible & Robert Rodriguez – Fab Four FAQ 2.0

He is the King of Rock and Soul, Mr. Solomon Burke, and he’s just released his latest CD, “Nothing’s Impossible.” We’ll talk to Solomon about recording the new record with legendary producer Willie Mitchell, who weeks after wrapping up the sessions, passed away of heart failure. Mitchell was responsible for most of Al Green’s big hits and lends that same style to Burke’s disc.

Solomon had a great string of R&B hits in the mid-60’s, but is probably best known for “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” a song covered by the Rolling Stones and featured prominently in the Blues Brothers movie.  Burke’s other film credits include working alongside Dennis Quaid in “The Big Easy.”  He won a Grammy in 2002 for his album “Don’t Give Up On Me.”  Click below for the Solomon Burke interview.  {mp3}show4solomonburke{/mp3}  {enclose show4solomonburke.mp3}

For more information on Solomon Burke, visit his official site (www.thekingsolomonburke.com)

 

Also on the show is Robert Rodriguez, author of “Fab Four FAQ 2.0“.  He talks to Icon Fetch about his new Beatles book, covering the solo years 1970-1980.  Robert’s interview is at the end of our show with Solomon Burke.  Click below for the Robert Rodriguez Beatles interview.

Robert’s official site is: www.fabfourfaq2.com

 

#3 – George Klein – Elvis: My Best Man

George Klein

George Klein is author of a new book “Elvis: My Best Man.” Klein met Presley when they were both in high school and were close friends right up until Elvis’ untimely death. Presley actually stood at the altar in Klein’s wedding as his best man. Klein was part of Presley’s tight inner circle, known as the “Memphis Mafia.” He also hosts a weekly show on the Elvis channel on Sirius/XM.  He talks with Icon Fetch about some of his great experiences with the King of Rock n’ Roll.

For more on George Klein, visit the Elvis Channel page at www.sirius.com

#1 – Tommy James – Me, the Mob & the Music

Legendary ICON Tommy James, the man behind such hits as “Mony Mony,” “Crimson & Clover,” and “Hanky Panky,” has just written a book entitled “Me, the Mob and the Music: One Helluva Ride With Tommy James & the Shondells.” The book chronicles his career from his humble beginnings in Niles, Michigan, to a regional sensation in Pittsburgh, to a worldwide star. Running parallel with this fame was James’ crazy, often times scary dealings with label exec Morris Levy, who didn’t just have mob connections, he was running dealings right out of his company office. Tommy James talks with Icon Fetch about his new book, new 2-CD “40th Anniversary Singles Collection” and upcoming book signings and gigs.

Find out more about Tommy James by visiting his official site, www.tommyjames.com