Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Author Spotlight: David Grant and Rock Stars
Rock Stars is a look back and forward with the glam metal singers from the eighties. Accompanied by illustrations of each singer, Rock Stars takes a tongue-in-cheek look at both the careers and music created during this time.
Twenty-eight mini-profiles detailing strengths, weaknesses, and X factors ranging from Kip Winger's hair, David Lee Roth's use of the microphone, to Bret Michaels reality series comeback. Think "Behind The Music" on cocaine.
Read Excerpts from Rock Stars!
"...Wearing tight acid washed jeans, Jon Bon Jovi made no qualms about putting "pop" back into rock. Videos focused on his ass made it appear there was an unspoken jeans rivalry between Jon and Joe Elliot of Def Lepard..."
"...I have to rethink everything regarding Rob Halford since he came out of the closet, turning from ferocious front man of Judas Priest to fierce. In hindsight there were signs. The video for "Hot Rockin" was pretty much just a bunch of guys working out in a gym. Hello!!..."
"...Sebastian Bach and Skid Row made music for the kids smoking cigarettes behind the school. Music for the kids that owned denim jackets, but didn't have the money for fancy patches (instead, forced to scribble SKID ROW across the back with a black Sharpie). Essentially, Sebastian Bach made music for the bad kid in The Breakfast Club..."
Read the Reviews!
“From Aqua Net to appropriate mic handling, to the battle of the jeans between Jon Bon Jovi and Joe Elliott, and the huge role chest hair played in the success of Kiss, glam fans will love this tongue-in-cheek but honest account of a genre that may now be scoffed, but at one time was the war cry of the angsty suburban teenager…Whether you’re a closet glam fan who’s able to laugh at yourself and the icons of your youth, or a naysayer looking for more proof that glam is worth mocking, ‘Rock Stars’ is definitely worth the read.”
- Eccentricity, Metalunderground.com
"I couldn't put it down once I picked it up, and I will definitely be reading it again. Rock Stars was one great walk on the wild side."
- The Book Connection
David S. Grant was born in West Allis, WI. He is the author of Corporate Porn, Bleach|Blackout, The Last Breakfast, Happy Hour, Hollywood Ending, and the short story collection Emotionless Souls. David lives and works in New York City where he continues to bang his head to the glam gods of the eighties.
You can find David online at www.davidsgrant.com and the book’s website at www.rockstarbooks.net.