Off My Rocker: One Man’s Tasty, Twisted, Star-Studded Quest for Everlasting Music
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From the emotional first chapter about Otis Redding, through the astonishing years of drug-drenched escapades where he managed to hold down real jobs and marry the love of his life (lifetimes), artist Helen Redman, I found myself putting my own life on hold because Weissberg’s witty writing held me captive at the breakfast table for hours, staring at my Kindle. (Don’t tell my husband.)
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But an offer for a free Kindle version of his book came my way and since I have a small interest in music, I thought I would give it a shot. I'm so glad I did.
Weissberg has led an interesting life and almost all of it has centered around music and the music industry. From his youth as a fan, to a DJ to a performer himself and then as ...more
He went to Woodstock, he had his own radioshow (on several major networks), he was a music critic, and he met any critical musicians half way by fronting his own band. But most importantly, he was a concert promotor.
His stories of meeting the nicest people in the business are just what we hoped for. His stories of meeting the worst assholes of the busin ...more
Make no bones about it: Weissberg's life is run by music. From his early days as rabid fan and aspiring DJ to the final musings of a biz sentinel, it's music that keeps Kenny goi ...more
It's pretty easy to tell near the beginning of most chapters whether it's an all-Kenny chapter or also involves people you've heard of. Unless you're from an area where you've ...more
I found the author's behind the scenes look at what it takes to promote a show, in his case at an outdoor San Diego venue, quite fascinating. Weissbeg goes into detail how a performer or band is contacted, the cont ...more
Warning - his tales of precious and often greedy artists may put you off many of your favourites. I think it's common knowledge that Chuck Berry can be difficult but Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick! Who k ...more
The author, who has worked in the music business pretty much all his life, has written a terrific memoir. He recounts some amusing and surprising interactions with music celebrities. The writing throughout is really strong. It made me want to stretch out the book so it w ...more
Finding an autobiography that gives us a snapshot of history is always a joy for me. Kenny Weissberg had the luck of being born in the perfect time to witness the birth of the popular music industry when innovation and balls got people dream jobs. Great inside stories and memories of a time when the scene was trying to figure itself out. It's sort of a shame it did.
It was fun. Not a serious study or an in-depth exploration…one man's experience as a musician, promoter of bands.
Liked reading about the different stars he promoted and how they behaved! I love music, so it was fun!
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1971, quickly becoming an integral part of the music and media communities. He spent six years as a morning DJ/talk show host at KRNW and was an original on ...more