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Not fade away : a backstage pass to 20 years of rock & roll
Fong-Torres, Ben.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Miller Freeman Books ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West, [1999]

Physical Description:
350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Contains articles from Rolling stone.

Includes index.
Added Uniform Title:
Rolling stone (San Francisco, Calif.)
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ML394 .F66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Presents a collection of the Rolling Stone writer's interviews and profiles, with descriptions of how stories were assigned, and the fallout that ensued.

Author Notes

Ben Fong-Torres first wrote for Rolling Stone in 1968, when the publication was just five months old. He was on staff at the now-legendary magazine for the next 11 years.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The late 1960s and early 1970s, from which this reportage by a Rolling Stone veteran dates, were a time when pop musicians were expected to speak out, indulge outretastes, and express deep feelings. Record industry management eventually quashed this "freedom," luckily not before Fong-Torres' Ike and Tina Turner piece. Written when they were still together, it now seems full of harbingers of their breakup. During Fong-Torres' time with the Turners, Ike was massively unavailable, but his provocative tastes were evident everywhere, from Shaft-style decor to plenty of security cameras at a time when that level of surveillance seemed odd. Tina cracked a couple of times and indicated some frustration, but Ike's take on things remained a mystery--he wasn't around. Keith Richards wasn't around, either, when Fong-Torres spent some quality time with the Strolling Ruins on tour, so Jagger filled all pertinent orifices with blue smoke and palaver. The other articles here deal with more icons from the boomer music pantheon, and the writing is crisp and colorful all the way. --Mike Tribby

Library Journal Review

Fong-Torres, who is best known as a writer and editor for Rolling Stone and whose most recent books include The Rice Room: Growing Up Chinese-AmericanÄFrom Number Two Son to Rock 'n' Roll and The Hits Just Keep On Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio, is one of the few rock journalists whose work deserves to be anthologized. This book collects 34 of his higher-profile pieces, drawn mostly from work he did for Rolling Stone in the 1970sÄincluding profiles of and interviews with Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, and Rodney Dangerfield. He contextualizes the chronologically arranged stories with bits of information about his personal background, the growth of Rolling Stone, and pop culture. At times he picks on "unhip" easy targets like Three Dog Night and Dick Clark, but mostly his rapport with his subjects and eye for detail provide intimate and complex portraits. Recommended for most popular music collections.ÄLloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Cameron Crowe
Forewordp. 5
Introductionp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 15
Everybody Is a Star: Travels with Sly Stonep. 17
Hey, Janis Is Feeling Greatp. 30
The Jackson 5: The Men Don't Know, But the Little Girls Understandp. 33
Jim Morrison's Got the Bluesp. 44
Jefferson Airplane Grunts: 'Gotta Evolution'p. 49
Ike and Tina: The World's Greatest Heartbreakerp. 57
Marvin Gaye: Honor Thy Brother-in-Lawp. 73
Three Dog Night: See How They Runp. 90
The Resurrection of Santanap. 100
The Rolling Stone Interview: Ray Charlesp. 118
The Rolling Stones in Paradisep. 131
The Formerly Little Stevie Wonderp. 139
Dick Clark: Twenty Years of Clearasil Rockp. 149
Knockin' on Dylan's Doorp. 158
The Ego Meets the Dove: The Reunion of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Youngp. 172
Elton John: The Four-Eyed Bitch is Backp. 185
George Harrison: Lumbering in the Material Worldp. 197
Linda Ronstadt: Heartbreak on Wheelsp. 209
Bonnie Raitt: Daughter of the Bluesp. 221
Yesterday, Today, and Paulp. 233
The Importance of Being Neil Diamondp. 244
The Life and Lurues of Diane Keatonp. 256
What Is This Thing Called Hunter S. Thompson?p. 269
Fifteen Years Deadp. 272
Rodney Dangerfield: He Whines That We May Laughp. 280
Steve Martin Sings: The Rolling Stone Interviewp. 289
Annie Leibovitz: The Photographer As an Activistp. 299
Rick Nelson: A Travelin' Man at His Own Pacep. 302
Eddie Murphy: Who Does He Think He Is?p. 306
Tom Hanks Plays It Coolp. 313
Rickie Lee Jones: Say Goodbye to That Slinky Black Dressp. 319
James Brown: The Godfather's Back, with a Bullet!p. 324
Iggy, We Hardly Knew Yep. 331
Joni Mitchell Rocks Againp. 335
Epilogue: My Back Pagesp. 339
Indexp. 343
Biographyp. 351
Creditsp. 352