Becoming Almost Famous: My Back Pages in Music, Writing, and Life

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(Book). This volume collects many of the best articles from veteran Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres. While many will recognize Ben as he was portrayed in Cameron Crowe's hit film Almost Famous , his thoughtful and engaging stories have been providing a backstage view for over 30 years. This book features a slew of entertaining and informative music and pop-culture pieces, as well as personal essays about growing up Asian-American and about Ben's interest in radio broadcasting. Through insightful introductions to every article, Fong-Torres
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Overview

(Book). This volume collects many of the best articles from veteran Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres. While many will recognize Ben as he was portrayed in Cameron Crowe's hit film Almost Famous , his thoughtful and engaging stories have been providing a backstage view for over 30 years. This book features a slew of entertaining and informative music and pop-culture pieces, as well as personal essays about growing up Asian-American and about Ben's interest in radio broadcasting. Through insightful introductions to every article, Fong-Torres offers an inside view of the writing and editing process, from getting an assignment and developing an idea to an article's completion in printed form.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879308803
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Supersession : Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 1
Joe Cocker is not a mad dog 13
Janis : the scene in Larkspur 21
The Rolling Stone interview : Grace Slick and Paul Kantner 25
Cruisin' with Cheech & Chong 41
Al Green : "I've got to be free, and then I can sing" 49
The Band with Dylan : "it's right on the dot" 55
Lounging with the wicked Mr. Pickett 61
Emmylou Harris : whole wheat honky tonk 65
Steve Martin : more than just a pretty face 75
Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones 83
Paul McCartney : "what I meant was ..." 91
Michael Nesmith shakes the Monkee from his back 95
Groupies of the '80s : still grabbin' for the stars 105
Why Linda Ronstadt spent Valentine's Day alone 113
Hank Ballard's fistful of hits 121
Lou Reed : the prince of darkness lightens up 127
A mind-blowing array of music : the summer of love 133
Land of the Dead : San Francisco, where it all began 139
I don't wanna hear your body talk! 143
Sinatra : night and day 147
Dusty Springfield : "that noise is the joy" 157
George Harrison : a love-Haight relationship 165
Sheryl Crow : "I'm where I'm supposed to be" 171
Al Green, soul savior 177
Rhythm 'n' whites 183
The night rock 'n' roll woke nobody 189
My hour in the top 40 hot seat 193
The gawk 'n' roll hall of fame 199
A banquet on a ping-pong table 203
Larry Ching : till the end of time 207
Cycling through China and going home 213
Barry, my brother ... 221
Being almost famous 229
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