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Joe Perry Signing at Book Passage in SF, 10/17

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 2, 2014 02:57pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is thrilled to partner with Book Passage for Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's signing of his Joe Perrynew book, Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith, at Book Passage Ferry Building in SF on Friday, October 17th at 6:00pm.

In Rocks, Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild, inside story of his life in the legendary band he cofounded in 1970, which is still going strong today. Before the platinum records or the Super Bowl half-time show or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Perry was a boy growing up in small-town Massachusetts. He idolized Jacques Cousteau and built his own diving rig that he used to explore a local lake. He dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. But Perry's neighbors had teenage sons, and those sons had electric guitars; the noise he heard when they started playing would change his life.

The guitar became his passion, an object of lust, an outlet for his restlessness and his rebellious soul. That passion quickly blossomed into an obsession, and he got a band together. One night after a performance he met a brash young musician named Steven Tyler; before long, Aerosmith was born. What happened over the next forty-five years has become the stuff of legend: the knockdown, drag-out, band-splintering fights; the drugs, the booze, the rehab; the packed arenas and timeless hits; the reconciliations and the comebacks.

Rocks is an unusually searching memoir of a life that spans from the top of the world to the bottom of the Rocks My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, Joe Perrybarrel--several times. It is a study of endurance and brotherhood, with Perry providing remarkable candor about Tyler, as well as new insights into their powerful but troubled relationship. It is an insider's portrait of the rock and roll family, featuring everyone from Jimmy Page to Alice Cooper, Bette Midler to Chuck Berry, John Belushi to Al Hirschfeld. It takes us behind the scenes at unbelievable moments such as Joe and Steven's appearance in the movie of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (they act out the murders of Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees).

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Weekly Wednesday Steal: Aerosmith's 'Night in the Ruts'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 24, 2014 08:41am | Post a Comment

aerosmith night in the ruts lpThis week's Weekly Wednesday Steal, is Aersosmith's sixth album, Night in the Ruts, for $10 on vinyl (regularly $24.98).

The 1979 album marks Aerosmith's transition from its earlier hard rock to the slicker, more radio-friendly sound they would make in the '80s and beyond. It includes the singles "No Surprize" and "Chiquita," along with covers of "Think About It" by The Yardbirds and "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" by The Shangri-Las.

A new item is featured on Amoeba.com every Wednesday for $10, while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer, and the deal is only available on the website. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States.

Music History Monday: August 18

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 18, 2014 10:42am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 18, 1956 - "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for 11 weeks. It is third chart-topping single for Presley. Penned by songwriter Otis Blackwell ("Great Balls Of Fire," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender"), the track is recorded at RCA Studios in New York on July 2, 1956, with the master version being the 28th take. The single is released 11 days later on July 13th and is an immediate smash. Technically the B-side of the single, it will be listed along with "Hound Dog" beginning the week of August 11,1956 when it reaches #2, then topping the chart the following week. The double A-sided single's run at the top of the charts is unprecedented in the era. The record will remain unbroken until 1992 when "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men holds the number one spot for 13 weeks. "Don't Be Cruel" is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2002.
 


On this day in music history: August 18, 1978Who Are You, the eighth studio album by The Who is released. Produced by The Who, Jon Astley, and Glyn Johns, it is recorded at Rampart Studios in Battersea, London; Olympic Studios and RAK Studios in St. John's Wood, London; and Pete Townshend's home studio in Going-on-Thames, London from October 1977 - April 1978. Issued three years after their last studio album The Who By Numbers, it will be the final album to feature original drummer Keith Moon, who will die of an accidental drug overdose just three weeks after its release. It will spin off two singles including "Trick Of The Light" and the title track (#14 Pop). In 1996, the album will be remixed and remastered (by Jon Astley), with the reissue containing five bonus tracks. Who Are You will peak at number two on the Billboard Top 200, number six on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: January 13

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 13, 2014 12:12pm | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 13, 1962 - "The Twist" by Chubby Checker hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Hank Ballard, it is the biggest hit for the Philadelphia-born singer (real name Ernest Evans). The song and massively popular dance will find popularity initially with teenagers when it is first released in 1960, hitting number one for one week in September of that year. A little over a year later, the dance will find renewed popularity with adults, putting the record back on the pop singles chart. Re-entering the Hot 100 at #55 on November 13, 1961, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. "The Twist" will be the only single in Billboard chart history to top the pop chart twice in two entirely separate chart runs.
 


On this day in music history: January 13, 1964The Times They Are A-Changin', the third album by bob dylan the times they are a-changinBob Dylan is released. Produced by Tom Wilson, it is recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City from August 6 - October 31, 1963. Right on the heels of the successful and acclaimed The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the prolific songwriter and musician will return to the studio a few months later to record the follow up. The album is Dylan's first to feature all original material written by him. The songs are more serious and are starkly arranged featuring Dylan accompanied only by his own acoustic guitar and harmonica playing. The album will yield some of his best known and loved songs including "North Country Blues" and the anthemic title track. The Times They Are A-Changin' will peak at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Music History Monday: April 8

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 8, 2013 04:12pm | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: April 8, 1963 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Julian Lennon (born John Charles Julian Lennon in Liverpool, UK). Happy 50th Birthday, Julian!!
 


On this day in music history: April 8, 1975Toys In The Attic, the third album by Aerosmith is released. Produced by Jack Douglas (Cheap Trick, John Lennon), it is recorded at The Record Plant in New York City from January - March 1975. After working with Douglas on their previous album Get Your Wings, they will return to the studio with him in the Winter of 1975 to record the follow up. The end result will be the Boston-based rock bands' commercial breakthrough (and highest selling studio album) in the US, spinning off three singles including "Sweet Emotion" (#36 Pop) and "Walk This Way" (#10 Pop). "Walk" is initially issued as a single in August of 1975 and does not chart. It will be re-released in November of 1976 (following the successful Rocks album) and becomes their first top 10 hit. Toys In The Attic will peak at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA.
 

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