March 4, 2009
Two legendary classic rock acts will be featured in up-coming book releases during 2009, providing fans with the opportunity to indulge their desire for behind-the-scenes details and maybe even a little dirt sprinkled among the pages of the two new releases.
The new Aerosmith book is set to hit bookstore shelves in May and appears ready to deliver a treasure trove of information about the Boston-based rockers. Weighing in at nearly 300 pages, there should easily be enough content to keep fans immersed in its pages for a good number of sessions. Aerosmith fans who recall the early days of the group may want to be sure that the prescription for their reading glasses is up-to-date.
Speaking of the early days, the book encompasses 35 years of group’s history, beginning in 1973 with one of their first extensive interviews. Like so many other rockers who discover fame and fortune, their early years were marked by substance abuse problems and rock star sexcapades that one might expect from a group of guys who earned themselves the nickname “The bad boys from Boston.”
Aerosmith: Essential Interviews will be released through Rockreader Books/Lulu on May 17th.
Moving a few hundred miles south, we shift the focus to New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi, who also agreed to tell their story in book form while marking their 25th anniversary.
Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful is set for release sometime in October and is said to feature never-before-seen photographs and exclusive text from the band. A documentary featuring the group is also being released at the same time – a result of the unprecedented access granted to filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin.
Published by Harper-Collins, the book will contain unprecedented insights into the members’ lives on stage, on the road, and at home, as well as intimate reflections on the highs and lows of their 25 years together.
"We are honored to be collaborating with one of the most successful bands in Rock history," said Marta Schooler, Publisher of Collins Design. "Bon Jovi’s continuing success has been no less than remarkable and we are thrilled to be publishing the must-have book for all their fans."
Over the past year or so we have seen new books coming out featuring other classic artists including Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Def Leppard and the Rolling Stones, which certainly provides classic rock fans with a varied selection of reading material. Can there be much doubt that there will be more to come?