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Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock #n' Roll Life of Survivor's Founding Member

Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock #n' Roll Life of Survivor's Founding Member


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“Hey, yo, Jim . . . This is Sylvester Stallone. Give me a call . . .”

It was these words that would set Jim Peterik on the road to rock ’n’ roll immortality. After he and his Survivor bandmates recorded “Eye of the Tiger” for the Rocky III soundtrack, the song would go on to earn a Grammy, an Oscar nomination, reach triple platinum status—and become one of the most recognizable tunes in music history.

But there’s much more to the story of Survivor and its founding member, Jim Peterik, than meets the eye. As one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation, Peterik has cowritten songs with some of the most famous bands and artists of our time, including 38 Special (“Caught Up in You,” “Hold on Loosely”), Sammy Hagar (“Heavy Metal”), The Beach Boys, The Doobie Brothers, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, and many more. Now, for the first time, Peterik is sharing his stories.

Filled with tales from Peterik’s life in rock ’n’ roll, Through the Eye of the Tiger documents his early days of success with The Ides of March (“Vehicle”), through the often torturous power struggles within Survivor, and the giddy highs that accompany a trail of worldwide hits. From going to a party in Led Zeppelin’s hotel room (and turning right back out the door) to escorting a disoriented Janis Joplin back to her hotel room after opening her show in Calgary, Peterik’s accounts will surprise and delight.

Through the Eye of the Tiger is more than just a memoir of a songwriting legend; it’s a classic rock ’n’ roll story told through the eyes of someone who has lived through it all—and through the Eye of the Tiger.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940363165
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 843,364
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

What do Survivor, The Ides Of March, .38 Special, Sammy Hagar, and The Beach Boys have in common? The uncommon songwriting, vocal, and production talents of Jim Peterik.

In high school, Peterik put together his first band, The Ides Of March, whose single “Vehicle” hit No. 2 on the Billboard chart. Just out of high school, the band did shows with Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and many more.

In 1977, Jim founded one of the premier rock bands of the ‘80s: Survivor. After two critically acclaimed albums, he received a call from Sylvester Stallone to write a song for an upcoming movie. With worldwide sales now reaching 30 million, the Peterik/Sullivan-penned anthem “Eye Of The Tiger” became the title song of Rocky III and one of the most popular motivational anthems of all time.

Peterik garnered 18 Top 10 hits, including “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up In You,” “Rocking Into The Night,” and “Fantasy Girl.” With Peterik’s Songwriting for Dummies now a bestseller, he is traveling the world doing songwriting seminars. Ides Of March recently celebrated 50 years of making music together.

Lisa Torem has conducted more than 100 interviews with rock personalities, but she is especially excited about the one that ultimately led to her collaboration with Jim Peterik on Through the Eye of the Tiger. Her features, profiles, and reviews have appeared in Popmatters, Windy City Times, New City, The Chicago Reader, and Pennyblackmusic, where she launched “Rock Salt Row,” a debate forum, and “Raging Pages,” for literary reviews.

Lisa's multicultural album, Singlish, has been performed at the Chicago Cultural Center, and her one-act play, Dog Sharing was produced by Love Creek Theater, Manhattan. Her instrumental/vocal music has appeared on educational tapes and in Chicago theaters. A voting member of The Recording Academy, she lives in Chicago with her blues-harpist husband, rock 'n' roll daughters, and quartet of cats.

Table of Contents

Foreword Kevin Cronin 1

I There's a Story in My Eyes…, Introduction Jim Peterik 5

II In the Light of 1,000 Smiles, Introduction Lisa Torem 11

1 Rising Up to the Challenge 15

2 Ever Since the World Began 24

3 Capturing Memories from Afar 31

4 Fortunes of Our Fathers 43

5 A Bad Guitar and a Simple Song 55

6 Great Caesar's Ghost 75

7 Under the Spell of the Hot Lights 92

8 Such Complete Intoxication 99

9 From the Backstreets to the City 120

10 My Wavelength Gets a Little Longer 132

11 Time to Trade Those Dreams 143

12 Two Worlds Collide 157

13 The Child Is Born a Survivor 163

14 The Man behind the Music 172

15 The Dream Gets Changed on Its Way to Reality 176

16 Living for a Dream 184

17 The Currency of Love Changes Hands 191

18 Don't Lose Your Grip 197

19 Storm upon the Skyline 203

20 Keeper of the Flame 208

21 Oceans between Us 213

22 Mean Streets, Blind Alleys 224

23 It's the Singer Not the Song 232

24 On the Road Again 243

25 Venting Years of Frustrations 249

26 Sun Sinkin' but the Fire's Still Burning 256

27 Another Part of the Plan 263

28 The Path from Dark to Light 272

29 Caught in the Game, Again 284

30 Turning My Back on the Thunder 290

31 A Man and His Will to Survive 296

32 The Fire Within Still Burns 305

33 The Search Has Come Full Circle 320

Acknowledgments 331

Chiseled in Stone…Postscript Jim Peterik 335

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