Rock 'n' Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends

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It's perhaps the relative modernity of rock 'n' roll that makes the genre a minefield of myths and legends accepted as truth. History hasn't had time to dissect the bunk. Until now.

Discover the real stories behind rock's biggest crocks, how they came to be but why they have persisted. Did Cass Elliott really asphyxiate herself with a ham sandwich? Did the Beatles spark a spliff in Buckingham? Did Willie Nelson do the same in the White House? Did Keith Richards get a complete ...

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Overview

It's perhaps the relative modernity of rock 'n' roll that makes the genre a minefield of myths and legends accepted as truth. History hasn't had time to dissect the bunk. Until now.

Discover the real stories behind rock's biggest crocks, how they came to be but why they have persisted. Did Cass Elliott really asphyxiate herself with a ham sandwich? Did the Beatles spark a spliff in Buckingham? Did Willie Nelson do the same in the White House? Did Keith Richards get a complete "oil change" at a Swiss clinic in 1973 to pass a drug test necessary to embark on an American tour with the Stones?
 
Then there's the freaky (did Michael Jackson own the remains of the Elephant Man?), the quasi-medical (Rod Stewart and that stomach pump?), the culinary (did Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne really do all those things to bats, chickens, etc. onstage?), and the apocryphal (did Robert Johnson sell his soul to the Prince of Darkness in exchange for mastery of the blues?).
 
In all, more than 50 enduring lies are examined, explained, and debunked.

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“The book is filled with fun facts and the debunking of rumors. If you think you already know everything there was to know about your favorite bands, just read this.” - CurledUp.com

“If you’re a rock fan, a gossip lover, or a head banger from way back, Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths will hit the right note.” - Terri Schlichenmeyer’s syndicated book reviews

“The book is surprising deep in coverage, tackling more than 50 myths, urban legends and stories over a cross section of genres, everything from Kiss and Donna Summers to the Ohio Players and Sid Vicious.” - Blurt magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760342305
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 695,690
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Durchholz is co-editor of MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide and co-author of Neil Young: Long May You Run. He has written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. He lives in Wildwood, Missouri. Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist and a regular contributor to the New York Times Features Syndicate, Billboard, Revolver, and other publications, as well as radio stations in Detroit and Milwaukee. He is the co-author of Neil Young: Long May You Run. playitallnightlong.blogspot.comtwitter.com/GraffonMusic

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in Detroit. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Features Syndicate, Billboard, UPI, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Revolver, and other publications, as well as to radio stations in Detroit and Milwaukee. He is the editor of The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z and the series editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guides. He lives in Beverly Hills, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
THE DEVIL INSIDE
1. Did Robert Johnson Sell His Soul at the Crossroads?
2. Did Led Zeppelin Sign a Deal with the Devil?
3. How Did Sabbath Get Their Black On?
4. KISS: Satanic Acronym or Divine Inspiration?
5. Is Slayer Sympathetic to the Reich?
6. Does Marilyn Manson Dance with the Devil?
LIVE AND LET DIE
7. Did Alice Cooper Commit Fowl Play?
8. Was Brian Jones’ Death an Accident—or Murder?
9. Why Was Paul McCartney (Temporarily) Dead in 1969?
10. How Did Gram Parsons’ Corpse Come to Burn in the Desert?
11. Is That the Sound of Murder on “Love Rollercoaster”?
12. Did Sid Vicious’ Mum Spill His Ashes?
13. Did Bobby McFerrin Do Himself In?
14. Was Johnny Thunders’ Death More than Just Junkie Business?
15. Who Killed Kurt Cobain?
16. Have You Seen This Man?
I WANT YOUR SEX
17. Did John Lennon and Brian Epstein Really . . .You Know . . . ?
18. Were Those Really Sharks That Led Zeppelin Caught in Seattle?
19. Did John Paul Jones Mistake a Transvestite for a Female Groupie?
20. Did Mick Jagger and David Bowie Spend the Night Together?
21. Was Donna Summer Self-Lovin’ in the Studio?
22. Does Sting Hold the Secret to Marathon Sex?
23. Was Ciara Ever “Like a Boy”?
24. Lady Gaga Was Born What Way?
I DON’T LIKE THE DRUGS BUT THE DRUGS LIKE ME
25. Was “Puff, the Magic Dragon” One Toke Over the Line?
26. Did the Beatles Get Stoned at Buckingham Palace?
27. Did George Jones Really Drive His Lawnmower to the Liquor Store?
28. Did Hendrix Put LSD in His Headband?
29. Was the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” About LSD?
30. What Were Those Chambers in Jerry Garcia’s Guitars Really For?
31. Was America’s “Horse” a Bunch of Junk?
32. Did Stevie Nicks Have a Bump of “Backdoor” Blow?
33. Did Willie Nelson Really Get Baked at the White House?
IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR
34. Was Frank Zappa the Progeny of Children’s TV?
35. Weird Al Yankovic—Who’s His Daddy?
36. What’s the Story with the White Stripes’ “Brother-Sister” Act?
37. Really? Keith Richards Had a Snort of His Dad’s Earthly Remains?
EAT TO THE BEAT
38. Did Mick Jagger Eat a Mars Bar Lodged You Know Where?
39. Did Mama Cass Elliot Choke to Death on a Ham Sandwich?
40. Did Frank Zappa Drop a Load on Stage . . .and Then Eat It?
41. Does Ozzy Have a Taste for Things with Wings?
42. What’s Up with Van Halen and M&Ms?
DOCTOR, DOCTOR, GIMME THE NEWS
43. Did Keith Richards Really Get the Flush ’n’ Fill?
44. Gene Simmons’ Tongue Bovine-Enhanced?
45. Did Rod Stewart Really Have a Stomach Full of . . . Ewwww!
46. Michael’s Master Manipulations
47. Marilyn Manson’s Spare Rib?
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
48. How Much Time Did Johnny Cash Really Do?
49. Did Charles Manson Ever Monkee Around?
50. Was a Future SNL Alum in Steely Dan?
51. What Was Bob Dylan’s Motorcycle Nightmare?
52. Was Grace Slick’s Daughter Named on Impulse, or Was It Preplanned?
53. How Did Vince Become Alice?
54. Was Pink Floyd Off to See the Wizard?
55. Did Keith Moon Roll That Royce into a Swimming Pool?
56. Did KISS Put a Bit of Themselves (Literally) into Their Comic Book?
57. Did This Alter-Ego Give Prince Extra Starr Power?
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PHOTO CREDITS
SOURCES
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
INDEX

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