Thursday, April 29, 2021

DAR.RA RENAISSANCE MAN/INDIE ROCK MUSIC SENSATION: EXCLUSIVE ZOOM INTERVIEW WITH RAY SHASHO ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS -BBS RADIO TV

 


D A R. R A

MUSICIAN-SINGER-SONGWRITER- PRODUCER-AUTHOR

A FAN FAVORITE  

on BBS RADIO TV

DAR.RA ZOOM INTERVIEW

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH

IN ITS ENTIRETY


Dar. Ra is a Music Writer, Producer and Author who earned his stripes with hits for EMI and 21 St Century. One of his tracks ‘Haunted Dancehall’ was featured in a Hollywood film starring Hilary Duff and the movie Snakes on a Planes. Dar.Ra played on BBC Radio Cambridge to a million people live when they connected their regional stations around the Midlands. 


Various EPs 'Now Is Now', Live For Love, Cease Fire and soundtrack to film documentary 'City Of Hope' have also had millions of streams and lead to the recent album 'New Kinda Normal'. The Rock N Roll tour de force, that has seen three singles really make some movements happen in America, with well received Music video’s for ‘Rock Steady’ and ‘Night-Stepper’ being shot in NYC, while ‘Diamonds N The Shadows’ being shot in Atlanta.

With two new EPs out ‘Stand Up For The Heroes’ a tribute to the keyworkers who have stood up to the task of the Pandemic and the Whisky n Honey EP this work continues to shape Dar. Ra’s musical catalogue.

REVIEWS: Dar. Ra Is A Fore-Runner of Rock Step. A New Sub Genre of Rock Music from The UK That Glues the Guitar Bliss Of Rock N Roll With The Euphoria Of EDM! …(Vevo)

Dar.Ra is a unique songwriter, producer and author who makes an Amazing blend of Rock and Soul Music (21st Artists Hollywood)  
Highly Impressive … (Planet Earth Radio USA)  
Well worth listening to this Artist … (Strutter Zine Mag Holland)  

I’ve worked with artists for many years and Dar.Ra is by far one of the best. Great music. Great promotion. Great Interviews with Interesting answers and stories. And the absolute best Promo Liners!! … (Zac Becker Sound Karma Radio)

Rock n Roll Diamond in The Rough … (Electro Wow USA)

Dar. Ra is an incredible act to follow as he is always evolving on each song with incredible results … (Indie People USA)

Dar. Ra infuses layers of vocals and instrumentation into each record he makes. The genius of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, came to mind while listening to “Phenomenal”, “Back to The Brink” and “Heart Shape Pill” … (Tune Loud Magazine USA)

Soul Powered Riffs Maximum … (Volume Magazine)

Rushing through with an intense energy is the colossal riffing of Dar.Ra’s “Heart Shape Pill” infuses a certain level of late-night sleaze into the proceedings resulting in an absolute blast of a track. Wild and carefree the song is pure bliss. … (Bongo Boy TV)

Nominated 'Heart Shape Pill' GK Rock Music Indie Radio Music Award -2018
Nominated 'Phenomenal' Rock Song of The Year Radio Wigwam FM -2018
Nominated IMA's Artist of The Year -2019 
Countdown Number 1 Single LOZ Radio USA 
Top 20 Radio Air Play Charts USA
Rock N Roll Sensation New Sound Express

Dar.Ra has also written two books under his full moniker Darragh J Brady entitled Road Tales which is about amazing people with life changing stories that he met while touring the globe and The Night That Jimi Died which is about a girl who channels the Spirit of Jimi Hendrix and rises to change the DNA of the World through Music. Both titles have also been given top reviews on Goodreads and Amazon Books. 

Purchase

THE NIGHT THAT 

JIMI DIED 

-Kindle Edition

By

DARRAGH J BRADY

at amazon books

What if souls could cross over at the point of life and death...?
What if your life was pre-ordained as a result of such a meeting as you were entering into the world...?
Kirsty born in Knightsbridge Infirmary London, the same hospital that a famous American Rock Hero had died in 20 years before. Could there be a connection between these two completely unlikely connected people...? Could Kirsty have the ability to hear the voice of this American Rock Star as she grows up to be one of the greatest Guitar Heros of her time...? Follow this strange tale of Angelic guidance as this reluctant Female Rock Star hero brings the world back from the brink through her incredible Music!

ALSO

ROAD TALES

-Kindle Edition

By  DARRAGH J BRADY

At amazon books

Road Tales is musicians look at the world through touring while meeting some incredible people with life-changing stories to tell.
Darragh aka Dar.Ra was signed to EMI at the age of 21 and been in the music game for a while with number 1 hits and nominations for Best Rock records to his name.
The Author began writing down meetings with everyday people with extraordinary challenges whom he felt needed their stories told.
Fascinated with what makes us humans tick, and how some people rise to the challenge of whatever life throws at them, from an Aboriginal Down Under who used the power of faith to heal a severe injury, to a
freedom fighter in Guatelemala who stood up for Native Land rights and a whole array of miracle people.
The book delves into the rich tapestry of the human psyche and asks the question what is Faith, Altruism, Spiritual healing, Animal communication, Physic ability, Remote Viewing and the Power Of Belief.
Everyday miracles that we pass by are explored to help people see that the impossible might just be possible if we choose to see our hidden powers.

MUSIC BY DAR.RA















For more information

About

DAR.RA

Visit

www.twitter.com/kushadeep

www.facebook.com/kushadeep

www.instagram.com/dar.ra.brady

https://www.reverbnation.com/kushadeepmusic





MY NEW BOOK

 IS FINALLY OUT!

ENTITLED

THE 

ROCK STAR

 CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE

CHRONICLES, TRUTHS, CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM FROM THE MUSIC LEGENDS THAT SET US FREE

 



…Order yours today on the 

(collector edition) Hardcover

or E-book

 at bookbaby.com and amazon.com

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

SERIES ONE

BOOK TRAILER

 

BOOK REVIEW

-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. 

https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   Gold Award Winner



Thursday, April 22, 2021

MARK FARNER: WE'RE CHEATING OUR FANS IF WE DON'T REUNITE GRAND FUNK! EXCLUSIVE ZOOM INTERVIEW WITH RAY SHASHO ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS-BBS RADIO TV

 



By popular demand!

HE'S BACK!

LEGENDARY GRAND FUNK RAILROAD

GUITAR/SINGER/SONGWRITER 

M A R K  F A R N E R 

Releases

Mark Farner’s American Band

'From Chile With Love'

Live DVD

EXCLUSIVE ZOOM INTERVIEW

ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS WITH RAY SHASHO


MARK FARNER ZOOM INTERVIEW

CLICK BELOW 

TO WATCH IN ITS ENTIRETY

 

As one of the founding members, lead singer, lead guitarist, and wrote 90% of the Grand Funk music catalog, Mark Farner has always been known as the energetic driving force on stage, the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts. From his soulful voice and power rock riffs, to fueling the Funk with his atomic stage presence. His story and his imprint on music starts with Flint and since 1969 from his humble beginnings and a blue-collar outlook, Farner has captained a global crusade for love and freedom and became a rock ‘n’ roll icon. 


50 years later – he commands the stage with the same intensity performing epic hits that defined a generation – “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)”, “Bad Time”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Foot Stompin’ Music”, “Heartbreaker”, “Locomotion”, “Mean Mistreater” and “We’re An American Band”.

Today, Farner’s amplifying his remarkable career another full decibel selling more than 30 million records worldwide, including 16 gold and platinum albums. Mark Farner’s American Band will honor Farner’s golden anniversary in music, as well as shine a spotlight on his legendary contributions to society, in his 2019-2020 50th Anniversary Tour.

“I am who my songs say I am,” Farner said.

We scheduled Mark back to the show immediately when we learned he has a new Live DVD entitled Mark Farner’s American Band From Chile With Love Live DVD available to preorder now at www.markfarner.com and out in stores April 6th 2021.

Purchase

MARK

 FARNER'S 


AMERICAN

 BAND

L I V E


'From Chile 

With Love'

DVD:



Purchase at www.markfarner.com

Available at stores 

April 6th 

 

For more information about

MARK FARNER

visit

www.markfarner.com

Mark Farner Official Website

https://www.facebook.com/MarkFarnerAmericanBand/

Mark Farner on Facebook

Twitter:  @REALMARKFARNER

YouTube: Mark Farner

Instagram: markfarners_americanband


Mark Farner's Mid-Michigan Flood Relief

Gofundme Page

Mark Farner Launches Mid-Michigan Flood Relief GoFundMe (Petoskey, Mich.) Legendary rock and roll guitarist and front man, Mark Farner, is helping those closer to home. This weekend he launched a GoFundMe campaign for his Michigan neighbors called the Mid-Michigan Flood Relief. The goal is to raise $25,000 to donate to the American Red Cross’ efforts to the areas affected by the Midland County flooding. Farner and his wife, Lesia, were the first to donate with $2,000.

 Link to the Mark Farner Mid-Michigan Flood Relief GoFundMe here… gf.me/u/x4b4v6

http://www.moxiepublicity.com/

moxie publicity official website

 MARK FARNER

DISCOGRAPHY

Studio albums

Mark Farner, 1977

No Frills, 1978

Just Another Injustice, 1988

Wake Up..., 1989

Some Kind of Wonderful, 1991

For the People, 2006

With Grand Funk Railroad

On Time (1969)

Grand Funk (1969)

Closer to Home (1970)

Live Album (1970)

Survival (1971)

E Pluribus Funk (1971)

Phoenix (1972)

We're an American Band (1973)

Shinin' On (1974)

All the Girls in the World Beware!!! (1974)

Born to Die (1976)

Good Singin', Good Playin' (1976)

Grand Funk Lives (1981)

What's Funk? (1983)

Bosnia (1996)

Other albums

Closer to Home, 1992 (best-of)

Heirlooms: The Complete Atlantic Sessions, 2000 (re-release of Farner's two first studio albums)

Red White and Blue Forever, 2002 (mini-album)

Live!! N'rG, 2003

Mark Farner the Rock Patriot, March 9, 2003 Live Extended Versions

 

 The Rock & Roll Soul

Music Video:









MY NEW BOOK IS 
FINALLY OUT!

ENTITLED

THE 

ROCK STAR 

CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE

CHRONICLES, TRUTHS, CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM FROM THE MUSIC LEGENDS THAT SET US FREE




 …Order yours today on

 collectors edition Hardcover 

or E-book

 at bookbaby.com and amazon.com

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

SERIES ONE

BOOK TRAILER

BOOK REVIEW

-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. 

https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   Gold Award Winner

 


Friday, April 16, 2021

CHUCK LEAVELL REVERED KEYBOARDIST WITH(THE ALLMAN BROTHERS/ROLLING STONES/GEORGE HARRISON/DAVID GILMOUR) SPECIAL GUEST ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS WITH RAY SHASHO

 

Niche Productions and PalMar Studios

partners with Gravitas Ventures

Releases

“CHUCK LEAVELL:THE TREE MAN”

 Documentary

Special Guest

 on Interviewing the Legends


CHUCK LEAVELL INTERVIEW

CLICK BELOW 

TO LISTEN IN ITS ENTIRETY

Allen Farst, founder of Niche Productions, is thrilled to announce the signing of a distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios Company, to release his latest film, “Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man,” a sterling documentary on the rock ‘n’ roll pianist/keyboardist often described as the “Fifth Rolling Stone. The film was released to several Video-On-Demand (VOD) outlets on December, 2020.

Directed by Farst, “Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man” provides an epic, in-depth look into Leavell’s life both on and off the stage. Leavell has played and toured with the Rolling Stones since 1982, and his status as rock royalty may be equaled only by his stature within the world of environmental forestry, where he previously has been named the National Tree Farmer of the Year in the United States. It’s this fascinating combination of passions, coupled with more than 80 gripping interviews from legendary musicians with a combined 58 Grammy Awards, that already has produced quite the buzz for the film.

The documentary captivated crowds last year at both the Macon Film Festival and Sedona International Film Festival, the latter of which recognized the film as the 2020 People’s Choice Award. “This is a MUST-SEE film for anyone who loves great music and great documentaries,” said Patrick Schweiss, Artistic Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “Director Allen Farst has managed to capture the life of one of the great keyboard legends, Chuck Leavell, who has worked with all the greatest musicians…The Tree Man’ was a rousing hit at our festival, with audience members cheering and raving about the film!”

The documentary is full of star power, including interviews with Billy Bob Thornton, Mick Jagger, President Jimmy Carter, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Dickey Betts, Paul Shaffer, Chris Robinson, Charlie Daniels, Miranda Lambert, Charlie Watts, Bruce Hornsby, Juliann Lennon, Mike Mills, John Bell, Pat Monahan, Ronnie Wood, Warren Haynes, John Mayer, David Gilmour and more. 


CHUCK LEAVELL: 

THE TREE MAN

on [Blu-ray]

Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man is the cinematic documentary that explores the world's fascination with the greatest piano and keyboardist over the last 40 years. Follow Chuck's story as he divides his talent between music, forests and family.

Starring: Mick Jagger Keith Richards Charlie Watts and Ronnie Woods

Directed by: Allen Farst

The documentary is full of star power, including interviews with Billy Bob Thornton, Mick Jagger, President Jimmy Carter, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Dickey Betts, Paul Shaffer, Chris Robinson, Charlie Daniels, Miranda Lambert, Charlie Watts, Bruce Hornsby, Juliann Lennon, Mike Mills, John Bell, Pat Monahan, Ronnie Wood, Warren Haynes, John Mayer, David Gilmour and more.

Available to purchase at amazon.com

With capabilities of reaching more than 100 million homes in North America and nearly 1 billion homes worldwide, Gravitas Ventures is making this must-see movie available on several VOD platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, VUDU and Playstation.

 

For more information

about

CHUCK LEAVELL

Visit

https://www.chuckleavell.com/

Official Website

https://www.facebook.com/ChuckLeavell/

Facebook

https://twitter.com/ChuckLeavell

Twitter

https://www.https//twitter.com/ChuckLeavellinstagram.com/chuck_leavell/


Discography

Solo albums

(1996) A Homemade Christmas from Charlane Plantation

(1998) What's in That Bag?

(2001) Forever Blue: Solo Piano

(2005) Southscape

(2007) Live in Germany: Green Leaves and Blue Notes Tour

(2012) Back to The Woods: A Tribute to the Pioneers of Blues Piano

(2018) Chuck Gets Big (with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band)

Alex Taylor

(1972) Dinnertime

Sailcat

(1972) Sailcat Self-titled

Gregg Allman

(1973) Laid Back

The Allman Brothers Band

(1973) Brothers and Sisters

(1975) Win, Lose or Draw

(1976) Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas

(1989) Dreams

Dickey Betts

(1974) Highway Call

Sea Level

(1977) Sea Level

(1977) Cats on the Coast

(1978) On the Edge

(1979) Long Walk on a Short Pier

(1980) Ball Room

(1997) Best of Sea Level

Duke Jupiter

(1978) Sweet Cheeks (producer)

The Rolling Stones

(1983) Undercover

(1984) Rewind (1971–1984)

(1986) Dirty Work

(1989) Steel Wheels

(1991) Flashpoint

(1993) Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones

(1994) Voodoo Lounge

(1995) Stripped

(1998) No Security

(2002) Forty Licks

(2004) Live Licks

(2005) A Bigger Bang

(2005) Rarities 1971–2003

(2008) Shine a Light

(2012) Light the Fuse (a digital download through Google Music)

(2012) GRRR!

(2013) Hyde Park Live

(2015) From the Vault – Live at the Tokyo Dome

(2015) Sticky Fingers Live

(2015) Live at Leeds

(2016) Totally Stripped

(2016) Havana Moon

(2016) Blue & Lonesome

(2017) 'Sticky Fingers – Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015

(2018) San Jose '99

(2018) Voodoo Lounge Uncut

(2019) Bridges to Bremen

(2019) HONK

(2019) Bridges to Buenos Aires

(2020) Steel Wheels Live

The Black Crowes

(1990) Shake Your Money Maker

Eric Clapton

(1992) Unplugged

(1991) 24 Nights

Gov't Mule

(1998) Live... With a Little Help from Our Friends

Train

(2001) Drops of Jupiter

John Mayer

(2012) Born and Raised

(2013) Paradise Valley

David Gilmour

(2017) Live at Pompeii

George Harrison

(1992) Live in Japan











MY NEW BOOK IS FINALLY OUT!

ENTITLED

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE

CHRONICLES, TRUTHS, CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM FROM THE MUSIC LEGENDS THAT SET US FREE

 



…Order yours today on 

(collectors edition) Hardcover 

or E-book

 at bookbaby.com and amazon.com

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

BOOK TRAILER

 

BOOK REVIEW

-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.

 https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   Gold Award Winner