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Rolling Stone Raves: What Your Rock and Roll Favorites Favor

Rolling Stone Raves: What Your Rock and Roll Favorites Favor

by Anthony Bozza
     
 
What influences the people who influence us? To answer that question, Rolling Stone created the "Raves" column, a forum for popular recording artists to discuss their influences, favorite movies, books, bands, foods, clothes, countries, stories and albums (and that's just a short list of subjects). Raves: What Your Rock & Roll Favorites Favor is a compulsively

Overview

What influences the people who influence us? To answer that question, Rolling Stone created the "Raves" column, a forum for popular recording artists to discuss their influences, favorite movies, books, bands, foods, clothes, countries, stories and albums (and that's just a short list of subjects). Raves: What Your Rock & Roll Favorites Favor is a compulsively readable collection of anecdotes, rants, rages, gushes, and testimonials from the artists who, for better or worse, have shaped our times. Raves is divided thematically into chapters such as "The Show That Rocked My World" (Henry Rollins on Led Zepplin; Billy Idol on the Sex Pistols; Dave Matthews on Tom Waits; Heavy D. on New Edition), "What's Cookin'?" (Joan Jett's falafel; Erykah Badu's Love Tea), and "Every Day I Read the Book" (David Bowie on William S. Burroughs; Stevie Nicks on Aleister Crowley). And there are many more entries from over 300 of our favorite (or not-so-favorite) artists, including hundreds of raves from the Rolling Stone archives and from compiler Anthony Bozza's unexpurgated interviews. In addition, there are over forty photographs, and twenty original, never-before-published self-portraits by artists such as Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, and Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray. Whether you're looking to get turned on to a great singer, movie, or book, or just curious about what inspires everyone from Bo Diddley to Bob Dylan to Ozzy Osbourne to Puff Daddy to Björk, Raves is a must for anyone who, to paraphrase MTV veejay Matt Pinfield's preface, wants to feel a spiritual and soulful connection to the artists who touch our lives with music.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688163044
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.88(d)

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Everyone's got to start somewhere. Even Brian Wilson. Even Ann Wilson. Instruments cost money and those bar gigs never pay much. Nothing wrong with a job on the side -- it doesn't mean sacrificing an iota of artistic integrity. Plus, four out of five studies show that crap jobs kick careers in gearfaster than hefty advances.

stephenmalkmus of Pavement
I painted curbs in suburbia. It was totally under the table -- the guy didn't have a real business license. That was fun -- my high school summer job on the hot streets of Stockton, California. 1997

billyjoel I went to the West Coast. I just disappeared. I really didn't want to leave, but I had to get out of these contracts [with Ripp and Paramount], and I didn't want these people to know what I was doing. I used the name Bill Martin and got a gig in a piano bar for about six months. It was all right. I got free drinks and union scale, which was the first steady money I'd made in a long time. I took on this whole alter identity, totally make-believe; I was Buddy Greco, collar turned up and shirt unbuttoned halfway down. The characters that Steve Martin and Bill Murray did as a goof, I was doing too, only people didn't know I was kidding. They thought, "Wow, this guy is really hip!" 1980

perryfarrell of Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros
I worked delivering liquor, and that led to a job at a strange private club in Newport Beach. They asked me to "model and dance." They were also pushing prostitution. I had to wear a Speedo. It was pretty sleazy stuff I bullshitted my way into being the star attraction everyweekend. Then I wanted to try singing, because there's not many things I'm better suited for. I don't know -- I just look like a singer. I feel like I'm a prostitute or an erotic dancer -- I go out there and the vibe is really a sex vibe. 1991

billyidol In England I worked as a postal worker at night in between college. It was pretty easy, and I liked working at night. But basically, all jobs seemed unromantic, undramatic dead ends. One night I was singing to myself "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley or a Lou Reed song, "Vicious" or something, and a bloke said the classic, "Don't ever try singing for a living." Eleven albums and a career spanning the world and I can still hear him saying it to me. Ha ha! 1998

andypartridge of XTC
The first job was in a newspaper office running messages from desk to desk. Most of day was spent getting hangover cures for the reporters. The last job I had was painting posters in a department store. At the time we were already touring around Britain. I'd be in Dundee or something and call in and say, "I've got acold." It just got to be too much; I couldn't come up with any more illness excuses. But, then again, it wasn't a stressful job. I'd sit there painting posters, drinking beer, listening to music. And trying to seduce the young girls in the window-dressing department. One day two men came in, they were reps trying to sell some product. About ten minutes later, one of these beautiful girls from window dressing came up and said, "There's a man in my office having a shit in my waste paper bin." And we were like, yeah, right. She came back five minutes later and said, "Honestly, he's gone now, but he's had a shit in my waste paper bin, one of these men in the suits." And sure enough, one of them had walked into her office and shit in her bin.

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