- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Jawbone (19 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911036432
- ISBN-13: 978-1911036432
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 612 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Greg Prato is a writer and journalist from Long Island, New York, whose writing has appeared in such renowned publications as Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, and Vintage Guitar. He is also the author of several popular books, including Shredders! The Oral History Of Speed Guitar (And More), Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History Of Seattle Rock Music, and A Devil On One Shoulder And An Angel On The Other: The Story Of Shannon Hoon And Blind Melon. And you may even have heard him on one of his many radio or TV appearances, which include interviews on The Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show, Eddie Trunk Live, and The Ron & Fez Show.
Admired and respected by musicians and music fans alike, King’s X are one of the most acclaimed hard-rock bands in the business. Since 1988, the band - singer/bassist Doug Pinnick, guitarist Ty Tabor, and drummer Jerry Gaskill - have issued twelve studio albums, including such classics as Gretchen Goes To Nebraska, Faith Hope Love, and Dogman, and achieved MTV/radio hits including Over My Head, It’s Love, and Black Flag. They remain one of rock’s finest live acts.
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It is certainly the defining history of one of rock's most meaningful and consequential bands, presented in a way that one cannot debate the ultimate conclusion.
It is an incredible autobiography of every recorded song the band has ever done. For those of us who find so much meaning and feeling in so many of their tracks that the rest of the world hasn't (quite yet) discovered broadly, this is like a musical therapy guide.
It is an honest and respectful lionization of the almost peerless musical alchemy of these three guys, delivered by a stunning roster of influencers that have already broadly reached a rarefied position in the music world.
It is proof that Greg Prato is a major dude for developing this project, and then getting out of the way to let the story tell itself (outside of his expert work on flow).
And most fascinatingly to me, it shows that three humble guys whose hearts appear to have always been in the right place can be hypocritically written off by the very faith system they grew up in, due to their willingness to be real about their journey and struggles, instead of play-acting some kind of a spiritual caricature.
If you love music, this is a must-read, as it's wonderfully entertaining.
If you love a good authentic story, this is a must-read, as its deeply thought-provoking.
And if you love King's X, this is a must-read, because as you already know, 'life is still of surprise...'
(with mics pointed towards us, of course)
Greg Prato is an experienced, masterful musical biographer. The cast of characters present in the book not only displays Greg's influence and reach, but it also shows the incredible amount of love and respect the guys of King's X hold in the hearts of many musicians who hit it big.
If you have a mild amount of interest in the KX back story then read this book. If you don't know who they are then read this book. If you've never been to a KX show then sell whatever you can, buy a ticket, and make the pilgrimage.