Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

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by Ben Fong-Torres
     
 

From 1969 to 1981, Ben Fong-Torres was one of the first "star" writers on staff at Rolling Stone - the "scruffy rock journal" that metamorphosed into one of the most powerful voices of a generation. Now in this fascinating book, Fong-Torres revisits his most intriguing celebrity interviews and profiles, and - for the first time - tells the revealing stories behind the… See more details below

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From 1969 to 1981, Ben Fong-Torres was one of the first "star" writers on staff at Rolling Stone - the "scruffy rock journal" that metamorphosed into one of the most powerful voices of a generation. Now in this fascinating book, Fong-Torres revisits his most intriguing celebrity interviews and profiles, and - for the first time - tells the revealing stories behind the stories, the stars, his writing process, and life at Rolling Stone.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
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-American--From 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 1970s--including 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.--Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Brackett
Fong-Torres captured the most celebreated rockers of the day (Dylan, the Stones, Jefferson Airplane), but the best of Not Fade Awayis him going where others didn't bother to go: His feature on Three Dog Night explores the inner workings of a Top Forty pop-rock hit machine and is as relevant today as it was in 1972.

Rolling Stone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879305901
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
1,491,034
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.74(d)

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