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Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician
by Dick Wagner
Foreword by Alice Cooper

Dick Wagner’s Not Only Women Bleed stands tall among a proliferation of memoirs about sex, drugs and rock and roll. Supported by an edgy and ironic wit, Wagner creates rich visualizations that transport and envelop the reader in place and time. An agile and intuitive writer, Wagner’s phrasing is both colorful and literate. He delivers tales of reckless behavior and intimate debauchery with an emotional reverberation that will resonate with a wide reading audience.

A man whose fans and friends refer to as “The Maestro of Rock,” Wagner shares a lifetime of experience as a songwriter, lead guitarist and producer/arranger with top international performance and recording artists, including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Air Supply, and dozens more.

Early encounters with such legends as Little Richard, Roy Orbison, BB King and Les Paul highlight moments of achievement in personal musical growth. Poignantly recounted stories of youthful days on the road and years of hit recordings, contrast with emotional tales of drug abuse and addiction that led to near fatal health issues. After physical adversity left him disabled and “drying up in the desert,” Wagner finds enlightenment in the intensive care unit and takes the reader on a miraculous journey of courage and commitment. His return to live performance is an inspirational celebration of packed venues, overjoyed fans and critical media acclaim.

The hands-on, day to day collaboration with his editor, Susan Michelson, struck a rare balance, creating a great read that preserves all that is fresh and different about Wagner’s book. No ghost writing here…no heavy handed “fit-the-mold” editing and rewriting. The result is a hard-driving, heart-driven life scripture, vividly and joyfully conveyed. In the pages of this book you will find reflections of family and personal dynamics, uncovering pure and unexpected emotion. Wagner’s collection of vignettes takes you on a literary journey that is an easy, compelling read.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013797925
Publisher: Desert Dreams Productions, LLC
Publication date: 12/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 998,991
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Dick Wagner: Hit Songwriter, Legendary Lead Guitar Player, Producer

DICK WAGNER’S songs and lead guitar have been featured on more 200 renowned albums, garnering more than 35 Platinum and Gold records, BMI songwriter awards, Emmys and numerous prestigious international awards.

The Detroit area native helped define an era in rock history by playing lead guitar and writing songs for Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Kiss, Lou Reed, The Frost, The Bossmen, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Guns N’ Roses, Ringo Starr, Tina Turner, Etta James, Air Supply, Hall & Oates, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lita Ford, Nina Simone,Frank Sinatra, and many more.

Legendary for his groundbreaking collaborations with Alice Cooper—for whom he was musical director, lead guitarist and co-writer of the icon’s biggest hits, including Only Women Bleed, You and Me, and Welcome To My Nightmare, Wagner was Cooper’s right hand man on such groundbreaking albums as Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell, Lace and Whiskey, From the Inside, The Alice Cooper Show and Da Da. Together, Cooper and Wagner co-wrote the majority of Alice Cooper's top selling singles and albums, including more than 50 songs that are featured on 57 Alice Cooper albums worldwide.

September 2010: GIBSON.COM selected the guitar duo of Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter as #25 out of 50 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time” for their sizzling and legendary guitar work on Lou Reed’s live album, Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal.

The youth of Michigan and the mid-western United States first took notice of Wagner’s talent in 1964, when he formed his wildly popular band THE BOSSMEN, whose songs like Baby Boy were #1 radio favorites. In the late 1960s, as Wagner's work became more complex and featured a harder edge, he formed the THE FROST, recording three Billboard charted albums and drawing enthusiastic crowds to hear songs like Mystery Man and Rock N' Roll Music.

Nearly fifty years after launching his storied and dynamic career, hit songwriter, guitar virtuoso, producer and arranger, Dick Wagner, remains a brilliant and vibrant force on the pop/rock landscape he helped create.

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