Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'N Roll Survivor

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(Book). A rock 'n roll classic, back in print, updated and revised. One of the funniest rock memoirs ever, Al Kooper's legendary Backstage Passes is available again! Al's quirky life, from would-be teenage rocker, to crashing Bob Dylan's recording session and playing the organ on Highway 61 , to forming Blood, Sweat, and Tears and masterminding the Super Sessions, it's all here...plus, in this updated version, Al rides with us all the way back to the end of the 20th century. There has never been a more wickedly humorous and honest book by a man
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Overview

(Book). A rock 'n roll classic, back in print, updated and revised. One of the funniest rock memoirs ever, Al Kooper's legendary Backstage Passes is available again! Al's quirky life, from would-be teenage rocker, to crashing Bob Dylan's recording session and playing the organ on Highway 61 , to forming Blood, Sweat, and Tears and masterminding the Super Sessions, it's all here...plus, in this updated version, Al rides with us all the way back to the end of the 20th century. There has never been a more wickedly humorous and honest book by a man who has made such rock history.
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Kooper-musician, composer, and performer-had the knack of always being in the right place at the right time, which allowed him to be involved in many of rock's great moments from the 1960s on. He played with Bob Dylan, the Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and the Who; founded Blood, Sweat, & Tears; and discovered and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd. He told his story with great wit in this 1998 volume. This updated edition brings his remembrances to the present day.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879309220
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 320,619
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    You can always get what you want with this book

    Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards is an unusually self-effacing and witty autobiography of Al Kooper. It helps if you're either a musician or in the business as much of this book is esoteric to the time and world of rock and roll from the 60s through today. Al Kooper, a less than stalwart keyboardist/guitarist and vocalist somehow managed at a relatively young age to insert himself into scores of high profile situations, which he writes about with fascinating insight and comes off very well as your average Joe interacting with the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.
    A basic theme of his auto-biography is the struggle of the successful artist to live beyond the paycheck to paycheck existence.
    Despite playing keyboard as a novice on Like a rolling Stone, being on the Board of Advisors to the Monterey Pop Festival and discovering and producing Lynard Skynard, throughout this book, Kooper details the "what have you done for me lately" nature of the music business.
    I'll say if you want great behind the scenes descriptions of the most creative time in American music history, you'll love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2008

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    damn good book

    one of the most importaint people in music in the past 40 years. i wanted to read it again as soon as i put it down. THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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