M O U N T A I N
WEST, BRUCE & LAING
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
IAN HUNTER (MOTT THE HOOPLE)
AND MICHAEL MONROE (HANOI ROCKS)
A ZOOM TV SPECIAL EVENT
with CORKY AND TUIJA
In 2003, Laing and West produced Nantucket Sleighride & Other Mountain On-The-Road Stories, a historical overview of their time with Mountain and tales of touring. 2007 kept Laing busy, recording Stick It, an audio version of his memoirs. Mountain also turned out a Bob Dylan cover album Masters of War. West continued with a solo career throughout, while Laing collaborated with John Lennon, Bobby Keyes, Ten Years After, Meat Loaf, Frank Marino, and Mahogany Rush, and bassist Noel Redding, formerly of the Jimi Hendrix Experience to name a few.
In 2019, he released his autobiography, Letters to Sarah written together with Tuija Takala, PhD, who started working with Corky on Playing God: The Rock Opera in 2012, gradually became his manager and partner, and with whom Corky has since collaborated on a number of projects.
Corky's album, the Toledo Session was released on CD in late 2019 and re-released on vinyl in 2020. The album contains nine new original tracks and the excitement brought on by the new repertoire is reminiscent of the classic Mountain albums, Climbing! and Nantucket Sleighride.
Since 2015 Corky has been touring the world celebrating the musical legacy of Mountain.
Corky’s latest release is entitled FINNISH SESSIONS recorded at E-studio in Finland in April. The album features Michael Monroe (harmonica) and Ian Hunter (keyboards) as special guests.
THE LATEST RELEASE
with special guests
FINNISH SESSIONS BY CORKY LAING PROVES THAT ONLY LEGENDARY ROCKERS FROM THE 60s & 70s CAN RECAPTURE THOSE MAGICAL VIBES THAT MADE ROCK MUSIC IMMORTAL...
Ray Shasho music journalist
‘LETTERS TO SARAH’
with Tuija Takala
Letters to Sarah is a rock autobiography with a difference. In addition to the exceptionally honest and endearing voice of Corky chronicling the ups and downs of his life, there are excerpts from dozens of letters (out of the c. 200) that Corky wrote to his mother, Sarah, between the years 1963 and 1997. She had saved them all. The letters were a way for Corky, away on the road for years on end, to keep in touch with his roots and also, to make sense of his life. This continues in Letters to Sarah, as Corky relives the first 50 years of his life, up until his mother’s passing in 1998.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
2023 TOUR DATES
Corky Laing & the Bobos (Conny Bloom, Maria Hänninen, John Vihervä & Harri Väyrynen)
5/16/2023 Odal Rock Club, Austvatn, Norway
5/17/2023 Melodybox, Stockholm, Sweden
5/18/2023 Backstage Rock Bar, Trollhättan, Sweden
5/19/2023 Bomber Bar, Motala, Sweden
5/20/2023 Rockland, Sala, Sweden
Corky Laing's Mountain
8/31-9/3/2023 Nene Valley Rock Festival, Peterborough, UK
Nantucket Sleighride (1971)
Flowers of Evil (1971; partially live)
Go for Your Life (1985)
Man's World (1996)
Mystic Fire (2002)
Masters of War (2007)
Mountain Live: The Road Goes Ever On (1972)
The Best of Mountain (1973)
Over the Top (2001)
West, Bruce and Laing
1972 – Why Dontcha
1973 – Whatever Turns You On
1974 – Live 'n' Kickin'
With Leslie West
1975 – The Great Fatsby
1976 – The Leslie West Band
2005 – Guitarded
With Bartholomew plus III
1965 – "She's Mine" / "You're Not There"
1967 – "When I Fall in Love"
1999 – Speed of THought
2003 – Out There
As Corky Laing
1977 – Making It On The Streets
2019 – Toledo Sessions
Finnish Sessions (2022)
With Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson and Felix Pappalardi
1999 – The Secret Sessions
With The Mix
1980 – American Glue
With The Perfect Child
2013 – Playing God
As Corky Laing's Mountain
2017 – Live in Melle
2019 - Live At Howard's Club H
1969 – David Rea – Maverick Child,
1971 – David Rea – By the Grace of God, drums
1972 – Bobby Keys – Bobby Keys, drums
1976 – Bo Diddley –
The 20th Anniversary of Rock N' Roll, congas
1987 – Charlie Karp
& the Name Droppers –
Charlie Karp & the Name Droppers, percussion
1991 – Men Without Hats –
Sideways, on "I Am the Walrus", drums
2004: Jason Hartless Jr. – First Division
2012: Corky Laing and The Memory Thieves – House of Thieves
2018: Pompeii – The Secret Sessions
THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES
CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM
FROM THE MUSIC LEGENDS
THAT SET US FREE!
BY MUSIC JOURNALIST ...TALK SHOW HOST...
AUTHOR RAY SHASHO
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Featuring over 45 intimate conversations with some of the greatest rock legends the world will ever know.
CHRIS SQUIRE... DR. JOHN... GREG LAKE... HENRY MCCULLOUGH... JACK BRUCE … JOE LALA… JOHNNY WINTER... KEITH EMERSON... PAUL KANTNER... RAY THOMAS... RONNIE MONTROSE... TONY JOE WHITE... DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS… MIKE LOVE... TOMMY ROE... BARRY HAY... CHRIS THOMPSON... JESSE COLIN YOUNG... JOHN KAY... JULIAN LENNON... MARK LINDSAY... MICKY DOLENZ… PETER RIVERA ...TOMMY JAMES… TODD RUNDGREN... DAVE MASON... EDGAR WINTER... FRANK MARINO... GREGG ROLIE... IAN ANDERSON... JIM “DANDY” MANGRUM... JON ANDERSON... LOU GRAMM... MICK BOX... RANDY BACHMAN… ROBIN TROWER... ROGER FISHER... STEVE HACKETT... ANNIE HASLAM… ‘MELANIE’ SAFKA... PETULA CLARK... SUZI QUATRO... COLIN BLUNSTONE… DAVE DAVIES... JIM McCARTY... PETE BEST
THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES
-By Literary Titan (5) STARS
The Rock Star Chronicles by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show.
The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan.
Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives.
The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music. The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.
I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.
Gold Award Winner