Title: High Notes – A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead

Author: Richard Loren

Pages: 270 Pages

Publisher: Smith Publicity/East Pond Publishing

The Blurb

Loren recalls his journey through the turbulent eras of rock‘s ascendancy in his new book, High Notes: A Rock MemoirWorking with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead. With never-before-told stories, Loren offers a humorous and heartfelt account that illuminates music history and provides telling insights into some of the most notable entertainment personalities of the late twentieth century. Eminently readable and authentic, readers will find Loren’s inside look fascinating and satisfying.

Richard Loren’s story starts with Liberace—the most dazzlingly bedazzled fairy godmother a 23-year-old Italian-American kid from New Jersey could ever ask for—he was given a job booking up-and-coming acts like The Doors and Jefferson Airplane for the Agency for Performing Arts in New York City. So while America was protesting the war, taking part in the Acid Tests, and reacting and adjusting to unprecedented cultural changes, Loren found himself bailing Jim Morrison out of jail, muling dope across international borders for Spencer Dryden, and sipping mimosas with Ted Kennedy. When the heart of American rock moved west, he headed to the Bay Area, befriended Jerry Garcia, and became the manager of the Grateful Dead, masterminding their concert at the foot of the Sphinx in Giza in 1978 and their unprecedented Radio City Music Hall performance in 1980.

These are only a few of Loren’s often surreal, rite-of-passage experiences in the music business, which he colourfully reveals through his new book.

Topics Loren covers include:

How Liberace jump-started his long and successful career in the music business An inside look at working with some of the latter half of the 20th century’s music icons – Jim Morrison and The Doors, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane…and more! Amazing Stories: Bailing The Doors’ Jim Morrison out of jail, drinking mimosas with the Kennedys and producing mystical concerts with the Grateful Dead What he learned about himself both personally and professionally from his experiences in the music business sand much more!

The Review

I have a weird fascination. I like reading books by people who have worked within the music industry. So far, so normal, I hear you cry. Well, yes, but usually these books are by people that I don’t know and probably have never heard of (sorry Richard Loren). And that is exactly the position I found myself in when I read High Notes – A Rock Memoir.

High Notes is a truly fascinating real life account of one man’s rise and fall in an industry that is so very fickle. What comes out of it are great anecdotal stories of bands and artists, drugs and travel, and the general mayhem that is the music industry.

I really enjoyed High Notes – A Rock Memoir, if you like any of the bands mentioned in the blurb then I implore you to read this book. You will sit on the periphery of a time in history when rock music was arguably at its most powerful.

High Notes – A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead by Richard Loren is available now.

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Come Fly with MeThe Blurb

Come Fly With Me reveals Delich’s true behind-the-scenes story of the raw beginnings of Michael Bublé’s struggles and the stepping stones that led to his ascent to the top. “From the very beginning, deep inside his heart and soul, Michael wanted the brass ring and nothing less”, says Delich. “Even facing adversity, his desire for a major label and a major management company were the objectives.”

Michael valued dearly Delich’s professionalism, her belief in him and her dedication – even referring to her as his “safety net”. That was all Delich needed to continue on her decade long journey with him.

In eight warm, engaging and honest chapters, readers will learn how difficult the journey to superstardom was with countless early rejections, many naysayers and doors to the entertainment “moguls” that appeared to be closed. But with Delich guiding the path, the doors were always “slightly ajar.” With her tenacity, encouragement and whole-hearted belief in Michael, Delich did not stop until the record label was in place and industry legend Bruce Allen agreed to manage his next leg of international superstardom.

The Review

I am conflicted about Come Fly with Me by Beverly Delich. On the one hand it is a very interesting read. On the other hand I can’t help but think that the author has used her relationship with Michael Bublé as a cash cow.

Ok so let’s look at this logically. Beverly Delich’s relationship with Michael Bublé did happen. That is not up for question. However, the first few chapters of the book have nothing at all to do with him. They are self indulgent and they seem irrelevant to what the selling point of the book is about.

Beverly Delich spends the first few chapters waxing lyrical about her life. It takes a while before the story of Michael Bublé’s meteoric rise to success even begins. To be fair, even when that does happen, the story is centred on the feelings and emotions of Beverly Delich rather than Michael Bublé. This would not be a problem if Delich hadn’t used Bublé to sell the story.

Here is where further conflict comes into play. Come Fly with Me is really well written. No one can dispute this. For me, the story was just sold in a false way. I thought I was getting a Michael Bublé story but instead I got something different.

Come Fly With Me by Beverly Delich is available now.

Synopsis

Dante Palermo has it all planned out. He plans on opening his own restaurant and proposing to his girlfriend, Abby. However, when Abby breaks up with him and leaves him broken hearted Dante doesn’t think his life could get any worse until he finds out that his soon to be business partner has left the country under suspicion of fraud.

Dante is at the end of his tether. He doesn’t know what to do. It takes some mysterious visits from his dead grandmother to remind Dante to let his food do the healing.

Review

The Broken Hearted Diet is a wonderfully light read. It is a light romance which has you rooting for the characters from beginning to end.

Formaro has cashed in on the whole “celebrity chef” culture that we have at present. He does it so well and I will admit I did find myself salivating over some of the Italian dishes described so high praise has to be dished out (ahem) to Formaro for that. Dante is so likable and even though a series of bad things befall him and his path in life he is not whiney or annoying or hapless. He is what you want in a hero.

One thing that I did find a bit jarring was the weird intrusive narrative. At times the narrator’s opinion or snarky comment would be present. It didn’t disrupt the flow and it wasn’t a huge issue for me when I was reading however, I feel that at times it was hard to differentiate the narrator’s thoughts and feelings from the protagonists. It might have worked better if the story was told in the first person rather than the third.

Overall, The Broken Hearted Diet is a good story. It has funny, heart-warming moments and a cast of relatable characters. You relate to Dante and you want to see him succeed. Formaro has created a believable world with real problems and you can’t help but enjoy his story telling.

The Broken Hearted Diet by Tom Formaro is available now.

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