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Rock Talk Studio: Reviewing Rock 'n' Roll Books and Documentaries

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Every first Tuesday of the month, ROCK TALK STUDIO gets you caught up on all the latest in rock 'n' roll books, documentaries, and movies...and points out where to go for the good stuff!


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Here’s the latest news about projects on Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and the sequel to a 1984 rock n roll movie classic.This is the bonus episode, a continuation of the conversation about all the latest news to get fired up about. If you’re looking for more news and recommendations on the latest rock n roll books and documentaries check out the main podcast that comes out the 1st Tuesday of every month. Support the show
20 female rockers tell their war stories about the music industry and what they used to overcome every possible roadblock. Plus all the book buzz and doc news including a review of the most disturbing rock n roll book I have ever read! Books and Doc reviewed, previewed, and recommended:Books-She's a Badass: Women in Rock Shaping Feminism by Katherine Yeske TaylorDrums and Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim GordonTurn It Up! by Tom WermanChristine McVie: Songbird by Lesley-Ann JonesAlice Cooper: Staring Alice CooperDocs-Eno- Brian Eno This Is A Film About The Black Keys  -Black KeysLola -The Story of Lollapalooza Contact Big Rick atinfo@rocktalkstudio.comSupport the show
You might not know the players, but you have definitely rocked out to the records they played on. The Immediate Family documentary pulls the curtain back to expose who was responsible for a lot of that 70’s and 80’s sound. There was a huge (the biggest of the year so far) announcement of a new memoir that is coming out in October. Find out about the memoir, a new George Harrison book, get some Tina Turner news, and a review of three new Bob Dylan books. Plus The Who, and a bunch of badass female rockers and more!Support the show
One of rock’s most endearing personalities Geddy Lee, tells the story of one of rocks best three-piece bands. But, will a non-Rush fan find value with this book? The review looks at all sides of what Geddy’s book has to offer and gives up a surprising recommendation. Also included in this episode is all the latest buzz about whats new and what has just been announced as coming soon. Artists featured are Jeff Tweedy, David Lee Roth, Jim Gordon, Brian Eno and Willie Nelson. What is Willy Nelson doing in a rock n roll conversation? Tune in for the details. Support the show
What was the best rock n roll book of 2023? How about the best rock n roll documentary? Found out what came in as the best of the best, in the first annual Rock Talk Studio awards show. Support the show
Springsteen chose to pursue the release of the Nebraska album over Born In The USA. How did he talk his record label into that? And why, after all these years, no one has told the story of this dark masterpiece.  And, could this be one of the best books of the year? Also included in this episode, are the monthly previews, reviews, and recommendations, which include a minor Beatles Fest (3 books and 1 doc about Beatle members) another Bob Dylan must have, and the annual holiday product dump that comes around every time this year. Titles reviewed, previewed, and recommended:Deliver Me From Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska (Book)The Confessions of a Rock and Roll Name Dropper  (Book)Bob Dylan: Mixing Up The Medicine (Book)Paul McCartney- Lyrics (Book) Thurston Moore - Sonic Life (Book)George Harrison - The Reluctant Beatle (Book)May Pang:The Lost Weekend - A Love Story (Documentary) Immediate Family (Documentary)Podcast recommendation:Rock n Roll AutopsyEmail me (requests, comments, suggestions) at info@rocktalkstudio.comSupport the show
What happens when someone spends 20 years performing Led Zeppelin concerts note for note and then Jimmy Page walks in the door and sits down? This one-of-a-kind documentary about Mr. Jimmy, is this month’s spotlight review. Also included in this episode are the monthly previews, reviews, and recommendations which include a look at an over 500 page book on possibly the most underrated rock star of the 70’s, notes on the new 12 minute Beatle documentary, and the announcement of docs from the Stones (about Brian Jones) and Pink Floyd (about Sid Barrett). Wait a minute, haven’t we seen these two docs before? Email: info@rocktalkstudio.com Titles reviewed, previewed, and recommended:Mr. Jimmy (Documentary)Leon Russell - Master of Space and Time's Journey Through Rock n Roll History (Book)Jeff Tweedy- Word Within A Song (Book)James Hetfield- Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield (Book) Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd (Documentary) The Stones and Brian Jones (Documentary)The Beatles: Now and Then (Documentary)Podcast recommendation:Rock n Roll AutopsySupport the show
U2 is in the Sphere, they released a new record, Bono’s memoir is out, what else is there left to do? How about a rock doc? This month’s spotlight review looks at the documentary Bono and The Edge Sort of Homecoming with David Letterman. Plus, rapid fire recommendations on six other don’t miss titles. Support the show
Why did David Bowie's Moonage Daydream documentary take seven years to complete? Being the first authorized release from the Bowie estate, it has to be worth it right? I look at this documentary from all different angle and from all type of fans viewpoints to determine if it's recommended.  This episode also preview and reviews six other titles and leave you with a few choices of where to spend your time and money. Support the show
Spotlight on Lucinda Williams' raw memoir, “Don’t Tell Anyone The Secrets I Told You.” Plus RTS' latest rock n roll books and documentaries recommendations featuring titles from  Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, and Black Sabbath, Carlos Santana, Hipgnosis, and Imagine Dragons.Support the show
New York times best-selling author, Alan Paul, joins me to discuss his new Allman Brothers book "Brothers and Sisters." We also touch on The Grateful Dead, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Billy Graham, Cameron Crowe and a few other artists that play a part in this challenging chapter in Allman Brothers history. Support the show
Mysteries in The Music: Case Closed uncovers the greatest mysteries in rock n roll.  Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Nirvana, The Beach Boys, and The Traveling Willburys are  a few names that get their case files opened, examined, solved, and closed by the rock 'n' roll detective, author Jim Berkenstadt. Check out the books cover artist Zina's  breath taking rock n roll paintings-https://www.instagram.com/______zina____/https://linktr.ee/ZinamusicartHave a question or comment? E-Mail: info@rocktalkstudio.comFollow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok @ Rock Talk StudioThanks for listening! Support the show
Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan documentary, "Brothers in Blues,"  features guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Jackson Browne, and Nile Rodgers. It's touted for featuring never-before-told stories behind their music. Does it live up to the hype? Support the show
Who are the Secret Stars of rock 'n' roll? In this podcast,  I look at how Author Matt Berenson makes a strong detailed case for 10 indie rock bands that, once dissected,  might just leave you with a bunch of new favorite bands. Have a question or comment? E-Mail: info@rocktalkstudio.comFollow me on Instagram, Facebook @ Rock Talk StudioThanks for listening! Support the show
The captivating story of how the greatest live album ever recorded (yeah I said it!) The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East, came about. Support the show
Bono claims this book is one story; I totally disagree. This book if full of many stories, all well-written in a fashion unique to the rock 'n' roll memoir world. Support the show
The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Elton John, and more talk about the world-famous Abbey Road recording studio. What more could you want out of a rock doc?Support the show
Guns and Roses, The Cult, Motorhead, Velvet Revolver- Matt Sorum not only drummed for these bands, but he also just barely survived partying with them. Support the show
What’s all the hub bub about this long awaited and much talked about release of one of Creedence’s last and most heralded live shows? Support the show
This is not a rock and roll book, this is not a rock and roll documentary, and this is not a rock and roll movie. But it’s so rock and roll I just had to do a show on it. Support the show
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