TRENTON, N.J. - Plans for pop culture domination; the truths behind long-debated rock 'n' roll legends; the inspirations for, and true meanings of, classic song lyrics; the decisions for leaving and returning to major bands; and the struggles with such un-rock 'n' roll things as fatherhood and maturity: just a few of the revelations contained within the pages of Shooting the Sh*t Volume One: Conversations with Rock Anti-Heroes, Icons & Metal Gods.
Unlike typical collections of rock star interviews, veteran music journalist Vinny Cecolini's first eBook is a compendium of conversations with artists during pivotal moments in each of their careers.
"Fans want to read the artist's words," he explains. "They want to read exact, contextual quotes. They don't care about a journalist's musings and meanderings. If they did, they would immediately flip over to a magazine's reviews or editorial section."
As the title suggests, the author never treats his artist chats as "paint-by-numbers question and answer sessions," but as "friendly, naturally flowing conversations."
"Straight-forward interviews are the kiss of death," he continues. "When promoting something new, most artists are subjected to a 'cattle call' of interviews. And nothing will bore an artist quicker than hearing the same sterile questions over and over again; nothing will frustrate or turn an artist off quicker than watching a 'hack' journalist stammering as he or she fumbles with a list of questions.
"If a journalist lets the conversation flow naturally, it may take him or her in a different direction than expected, but that's fine. Even if given an agenda by a publication [to talk about a new album, DVD or tour], the conversation will eventually find its way back to the topic."
During his 25 year career, Vinny's work has appeared in dozens of publications including Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs and Bikini. And like many veteran journalists, he has accumulated conversations that, for a variety of reasons, have never been published. Shooting the Sh*t is Vinny's opportunity to give these chats "life." It's an idea born as the author lamented over his tape of a chat he had with a pre-American Nightmare Marilyn Manson.
"It was months before the release of the band's 1994 debut, Portrait of an American Family, and I spoke with Mr. Manson for a short 'introduction piece' for Hit Parader Magazine," Vinny recalls. "I used just a few quotes from our conversation, during which I was really impressed with his concepts, ideas and musings on pop culture. I knew he was something special; that he would be a star."
For years, the author believed a long-form version of the chat would remain unpublished. That was until he spoke with another veteran journalist who had started publishing eBooks. Vinny had found his vehicle to give these chats "life."
While preparing the book, the author noticed something interesting. All of the featured conversations were connected. They all occurred as the artists arrived at career crossroads. Readers will not only find it fascinating to travel back in time to when each conversation took place, but to also consider the path each artist has taken since the chats. When Vinny spoke with Meat Loaf, for instance, the singer had decided to end his recording career. Metallica's Lars Ulrich was looking forward to beginning the millennium as a new father, unaware that his band was about to enter its darkest and most challenging period. The events of September 11, 2001 deeply affected each of us, including Ronnie James Dio, who vented through the songs appearing on his Killing the Dragon album.
Featured conversations include Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Meat Loaf, Neil Young, Rush's Neil Peart, Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, Former Eagle Don Felder, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio and Metallica's Lar Ulrich.
The book also features "not for the weak" trivia and a preview of Shootin' the Sh*t's second installment, due early next year.
Shooting the Sh*t
Volume One: Conversations with Rock Anti-Heroes, Icons & Metal Gods
by Vinny Cecolini
Published by BearManor Media
Available for download from Amazon, Google Books, Smashwords and other eBook retailers.
TORONTO - Suicide claimed the lives of more than 40,000 Americans and 80,000 people around the globe last year, according to a CDC report. Now in the midst of National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6-12), SayWeCanFly and the other artists featured on The Conversations Tour are putting a special focus on the topic this Thursday, September 10, for World Suicide Prevention Day.
Designed as a concert that also acts as an open forum for fans to express themselves, The Conversations Tour, which also includes Wind In Sails, Sounds Like Harmony, Casey Bolles and host TheLedaBunny, aims to bring fans together to express their feelings through words and art. Hope For The Day, which is sponsoring the tour along with The Entertainment Institute, is also on hand to provide outreach for anyone in need of support.
This tour represents the first seamless integration of music, suicide prevention and outreach that will present an open conversation about life and directly invest back into the community. Each stop of the tour becomes a safe space experience where all attendees know "it's ok to not be ok" and self-expression is encouraged and embraced.
SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie has built a strong rapport with his fans through social media and has continued to connect with fans as he tours the US, his native Canada and the UK. SayWeCanFly's debut full-length,Between The Roses, was released earlier this year and re-released this summer in a Deluxe Edition via Barrie's own PureWolf label. The record debuted at # 14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #5 on iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Additionally, SayWeCanFly became a featured artist on MTVHits' "Fresh Faces" and won MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition with the first single, "Song of the Sparrow."
Tickets for all dates are available at http://www.thinktei.com/saywecanfly.
The Conversations Tour dates are as follow:
September 10, 2015, Thu. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
September 11, 2015 Fri. Expo Five, Louisville, KY
September 12, 2015 Sat. Rocketown, Nashville, TN
September 14, 2015 Mon. Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
September 15, 2015 Tue. Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
September 16, 2015 Wed. Backbooth, Orlando, FL
September 18, 2015 Fri. Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
September 19, 2015 Sat. U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
September 20, 2015 Sun. Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
September 21, 2015 Mon. Amityville Music Hall, Long Island, NY
September 23, 2015 Wed. Simon's 677, Providence, RI
September 24, 2015 Thu. Palladium (small Room), Worcester, MA
September 25, 2015 Fri. Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY
September 26, 2015 Sat. Koi Music Fest, Kitchener, ON, Canada
September 27, 2015 Sun. Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY
September 29, 2015 Tue. The Basement, Columbus, OH
TORONTO - The Conversations Tour will offer a free tour sampler showcasing songs from SayWeCanFly, Win In Sails, Casey Bolles and Sounds Like Harmony beginning on today.
In exchange for joining the bands' mailing lists, fans will be given a link to download the four-track sampler, featuring SayWeCanFly's "Summer Never Came, Wind In Sails' "Push and Shove," Casey Bolles' "Potential" and Sounds Like Harmony's "Lullaby."
Fans can sign up to receive the sampler at http://saywecanfly.cashmusic.org/.
The Conversations Tour, which is presented by Hope For The Day and The Entertainment Institute, is an unique concept that will bring like-minded music fans together in an environment for discussion and emotional expression.
Hosted by TheLedaBunny, The Conversations Tour will allow fans and musicians alike to connect in a ground-breaking format where they can exchange thoughts and opinions on everything from music to mental health.
Hope For The Day (HFTD) is a grassroots non-profit movement utilizing music and arts for suicide prevention and mental health education. Started in 2011, HFTD's vision is to use music and the arts as platforms for suicide prevention and mental health education. HFTD starts the conversation of prevention from stages in music venues across the globe, schools and online because prevention starts with a conversation. HFTD is a reminder that it's ok not to be ok and help is closer than you think.
The Entertainment Institute (TEI) is a music education platform that gives aspiring artists access to musicians and professionals currently working in the industry through customized workshops, both online and in person. TEI works with gurus from all facets of the industry to create unique educational experiences. These professionals share their first-hand knowledge and experiences directly with artists.
SayWeCanFly's debut full-length, Between The Roses, was released earlier this year and re-released this summer in a Deluxe Edition via Barrie's own PureWolf label. The record debuted at # 14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #5 on iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Additionally, SayWeCanFly became a featured artist on MTVHits' "Fresh Faces" and won MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition with the first single, "Song of the Sparrow."
SayWeCanFly's first EP for Epitaph Records, Darling, will be released this fall.
September 7, 2015 Mon. Reggie's Chicago, IL
September 8, 2015 Tue. Mac's Bar, Lansing, MI
September 19, 2015 Sat. U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC (Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/936337?utm_medium=bks)
September 20, 2015 Sun. Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA (Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02004F0CE8AADEE5?brand=slpconcerts&camefrom=cfc_levinstone)
September 21, 2015 Mon. Amityville Music Hall, Long Island, NY (Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/937063?utm_medium=bks&utm_medium=459899)
DENVER - The Beatles have been the subject of countless books - but none like attorney/award-winning journalist Stan Soocher's new book, Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit (ForeEdge/University Press of New England).
Part Beatles history, part legal thriller, Baby You're a Rich Man delivers a fascinating, inside look at key court battles that shaped the Beatles' music, their personal lives and business ventures. "My goal was to place readers right in the center of the action," Soocher said, "from backroom negotiations to detectives chasing the Beatles through concert halls and hotels with lawsuit summonses, to eye-opening courtroom scenes that revealed the band members' inner thoughts about who they were and what their music meant to them."
Through extensive research into rare court documents and from fresh interviews, Soocher has uncovered significant new information about the most popular group in music history. The book takes a look at everything from early legal problems over Beatlemania merchandise to relationships with the band's first fully dedicated manager, Brian Epstein, and notorious last manager Allen Klein, Paul McCartney's lawsuit to break up the Beatles, John Lennon's immigration fight to become a U.S. citizen, and song copyright-infringement suits filed against Lennon over "Come Together" and George Harrison over "My Sweet Lord."
Baby You're a Rich Man begins in the era when Epstein opened the Pandora's box of rock 'n' roll merchandising, making a hash of the band's licensing and inviting multiple lawsuits in the United States and the United Kingdom. The band's long breakup period, from 1969 to 1971, provides a backdrop to the Machiavellian grasping of new manager Klein, who unleashed a blizzard of suits and legal motions to take control of the band, their music and Apple Records. Unsavory mob associate Morris Levy first sued John Lennon for copyright infringement over "Come Together," then sued him again for not making a record for him. Phil Spector, hired to record a Lennon solo album, walked off with the master tapes and held them for a king's ransom. And from 1972 to 1975, Lennon was the target of a deportation campaign personally spearheaded by key aides of President Nixon (prodded on by a drug-addled Elvis Presley) that wound endlessly through the courts.
In all, what emerges from Baby You're a Rich Man is a stirring portrait of immense creative talent thriving under the pressures of ill will, harassment and greed.
Baby You're a Rich Man hits stores in September 2015.
Stan Soocher is an entertainment attorney and the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the publication Entertainment Law & Finance. He is also Associate Professor of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado's Denver Campus. In addition, Soocher has won national journalism awards for his music law articles in Rolling Stone and The National Law Journal, and is the recipient of the "Texas Star Award" from the State Bar of Texas. He previously authored the book They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court. His website is www.stansoocher.com.
ARIZONA DESERT - Progressive art rock band With Our Arms to the Sun is the second act to sign with the new-launched Fade to Silence Records.
With Our Arms to the Sun is a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by pop formatted bands. The Arizona desert-based foursome crafts a brand of cinematic conceptual music that aims to evoke emotion and inspire thought in listeners. The band's free-flowing style is not easily pigeon-holed, appealing to fans of not just one genre, but to people in general who appreciate music as expression.
"My son and I went to see John 5 perform in East Texas and as luck would have it, With Our Arms to the Sun were the supporting artist," said Fade to Silence founder Paul Bibeau. "Upon taking the stage, the band took complete control of the room and I was locked into every second of their performance. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. It felt has though the band was playing the very last concert ever and wanted to put it all on the table. Their performance was thoroughly pleasing, cinematic in scope coupled with an intense, passionate delivery. I got sucked into each note, each composition and I loved they journey they took me on. I spent a few minutes with them afterwards and we began to talk more and more. I knew immediately, this is my cup of tea."
With Our Arms to the Sun's first release through Fade to Silence will be a reissue of the band's self-released A Far Away Wonder EP on CD and vinyl.
"We were anti-label for the longest time and did everything DIY," said With Our Arms to the Sun vocalist/guitarist Josh Breckenridge. "We recorded and distributed all of our own albums, and even made our own merch. One of the reasons we were not interested in being on a label was that we wanted to retain our sound. We are not interested in changing who we are artistically just to be more 'marketable' or 'commercial.' There are plenty of bands pounding that drum and we want to do something different. Paul immediately understood what we were going for as a band and rather than be a typical industry person, he encouraged our growth towards being a conceptual band. Also the chance at being one of the flagship bands on a new label that has a creative philosophy really appealed to us as artists."
With Our Arms to the Sun - which is completed by Joseph Leary, Joseph Breckenridge Jr. and John Mclucas - has three self-released recordings to their credit. The Fade to Silence re-release of A Far Away Wonder will come later this year. With Our Arms to the Sun is managed by Alan Jones/Slant Business Management and booked by Andrew Goodfriend/TKO.
Get a taste of With Our Arms to the Sun:
With Our Arms to the Sun - "Great Black Divide"
The launch of Fade to Silence Records was announced earlier this month by former Spitfire Records company founder/president and industry veteran Paul Bibeau. The new label, which is distributed via AMPed Distribution worldwide, will focus on establishing a cutting and creative edge driven label brand, a catalog/visual/television imprint and publishing division highlighting the hard rock and heavy metal genre's broad musical spectrum.
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Metro Station - "Married In Vegas"
Say We Can Fly - "I Will Find My Soul"
SayWeCanFly - "Between The Roses"
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