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For Those About To Read & Rock...

Join host Eric Senich for deep dive discussions of the greatest artists, albums, songs and moments in rock history with the authors who've written all about them and those who were there when it all happened!

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For Those About To Read & Rock...

Join host Eric Senich for deep dive discussions of the greatest artists, albums, songs and moments in rock history with the authors who've written all about them and those who were there when it all happened!

WEBSITE: www.BOOKEDONROCK.com

    Alex Van Halen's Autobiography 'Brothers': A Discussion with Van Halen Authors Greg Renoff & Chris Gill [Episode 182]

    Alex Van Halen's Autobiography 'Brothers': A Discussion with Van Halen Authors Greg Renoff & Chris Gill [Episode 182]

    Since his brother Edward’s passing on October 6th, 2020, Alex Van Halen has remained mostly silent. Aside from brief statements to commemorate his younger brother’s birthday and his passing posted to social media, we have yet to see or hear Alex speak. Instead, he’s decided to break his silence with his autobiography Brothers due out on October 22nd.

    I’ve asked two special guests to join the podcast to discuss Alex's upcoming book - Greg Renoff and Chris Gill. Greg Renoff is the author of the critically acclaimed books Van Halen Rising: How A Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal from 2015 and Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music from 2020. Along with Brad Tolinski, Chris Gill wrote the critically acclaimed 2021 book Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. In this episode, we discuss Alex’s upcoming book. What do they expect to read in the book? What do they hope to read? What will he have to say about his former bandmates David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, and Michael Anthony? We also speculate as to whether or not we’ll ever see Alex Van Halen perform on stage again.

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    The Turtles From A-Z (AM Radio to Zappa) [Episode 181]

    The Turtles From A-Z (AM Radio to Zappa) [Episode 181]

    Mark Arnold and Charles F. Rosenay are the authors of the brand new book Not Just Happy Together: The Turtles from A-Z (AM Radio to Zappa).

    Discover the songs and the history of one of the most successful pop rock bands ever, The Turtles, who had countless Top 40 hits including “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “Let Me Be,” “You Baby,” “She’d Rather Be with Me,” “You Know What I Mean,” “She’s My Girl,” “Elenore,” “You Showed Me” and of course, the iconic “Happy Together!”

    Authors Mark Arnold (Long Title: Looking for the Good Times; Examining The Monkees Songs, One by One and Headquartered: A Timeline of The Monkees Solo Years) and Charles F. Rosenay!!! (The Book of Top 10 Beatles Lists and The Book of Top 10 Horror Lists) have joined forces to cover the entire careers of The Turtles from their early days as The Crossfires, through their hit-filled years, into their break-up that led to most of The Turtles’ members joining forces with Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, to Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan’s years as solo artists under the guise of Flo & Eddie, and even their forays into children’s records. I'm so happy Mark and Charles are together with me today to talk all about this excellent new book!


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    • 53 min
    1972: When Progressive Rock Ruled The World [Episode 180]

    1972: When Progressive Rock Ruled The World [Episode 180]

    Kevan Furbank is the author of 1972: When Progressive Rock Ruled The World. The year 1972 was when Progressive Rock came of age, when bands and artists still revered today produced some of their most ground-breaking, inventive, and enduring musical creations. Furbank looks at some of the artists and albums that made 1972 such a watershed in musical achievement. He follows their development from the first tentative notes and chords to the full-blown recordings that, more than 50 years later, are still seen as the masterpieces of the genre, and the gold standard by which all Progressive Rock is judged. He’s here to share what's inside his brand new book and the legendary bands covered including Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd and more.

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    The Post-Punk Exorcism of The Wild Swans' Paul Simpson [Episode 179]

    The Post-Punk Exorcism of The Wild Swans' Paul Simpson [Episode 179]

    Paul Simpson's story is one wild ride and it's all revealed in his memoir titled Revolutionary Spirit: A Post-Punk Exorcism.

    Part memoir, part social history, Revolutionary Spirit is the poignant, often hilarious story of a cult Liverpool musician’s scenic route to fame and artistic validation. If Morrissey was the Oscar Wilde of the 1980s indie scene, Simpson was its William Blake, a self destructive genius so lost in mystical visions of a new Arcadia that he couldn’t meet the rent.

    Simpson’s career goes back to 1976, when he finds himself at the birth of Liverpool’s second great musical explosion. Along the way, he co-founds and christens the neo-psychedelic pop group The Teardrop Explodes, shares a flat with a teenage Courtney Love, and forms The Wild Swans, who burn bright and brief, in the process recording one of the all-time great cult hit singles, ‘Revolutionary Spirit’.

    Marriage, fatherhood, and tropical illness follow, interspersed with artistic collaborations with Bill Drummond and members of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, among others. Eventually Simpson discovers that seven thousand miles away, in the Philippines, he is considered a musical god. Presidential suites, armed guards, police escorts—you couldn’t make it up, and, incredibly, he doesn’t need to. Here’s here today to tell his story.


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    • 59 min
    The Remarkable Life Of Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac) [Episode 178]

    The Remarkable Life Of Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac) [Episode 178]

    Jeff Apter is the author of Don’t Dream It’s Over: The Remarkable Life Of Neil Finn. Don't Dream It's Over is the first biography to focus exclusively on Neil Finn, the man who wrote the timeless hits of Split Enz and Crowded House.

    In February 1980, 21-year-old Neil Mullane Finn penned the hit song 'I Got You' for Kiwi band Split Enz, co-founded by his older brother Tim. Over five decades, Neil created multiple hits for Split Enz, his band Crowded House and as a solo artist including “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, “Better Be Home Soon”, “One Step Ahead”, and “Into Temptation”. In 2018, he added one more impressive gig to his resume by joining Fleetwood Mac. Despite his success, Neil faced various challenges. He’s had conflicts with his brother Tim and had to cope with the tragic death of Crowded House bandmate Paul Hester. He had tough early days with Split Enz in England, surviving on welfare.

    With a Catholic upbringing and a 40-year-long marriage to his wife Sharon, Neil's life has not been easy. Yet his story remains one of the most inspiring musical sagas in recent history. It’s all covered here in Jeff’s new book and he's here to share what's inside if his latest book!

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    Navigating Digital Evolution - A Conversation with Musician Alan Chapell on Songwriting & More [Episode 177]

    Navigating Digital Evolution - A Conversation with Musician Alan Chapell on Songwriting & More [Episode 177]

    It’s another chapter in The Dialogue Series - A chill ‘n chat with authors, fellow podcasters, musicians, and more. New York City singer/songwriter and attorney Alan Chapell is our guest.

    Alan is a solo artist while also performing and recording with his band Chapell, whose 2016 album The Redhead’s Allegations was produced by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. In 2022, Chapell’s music was streamed 1.5 million times in 2022. They’re about to release a brand-new album in March titled The Underground Music Show. Alan is also a highly-regarded privacy rights attorney. His dual role as musician and attorney inspired a character created for the HBO series Silicon Valley.

    We’ll talk about Alan's career in music, the songwriting process, the bands and artists he’s a fan of, and his favorite books on rock. I also get Alan’s perspective on streaming services and the current use of Artificial Intelligence aka “AI” in music.

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17 Ratings

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The Podcast for Music Fans That Gets You in Deeper Than a Bookworm

Eric Senich gets music and draws out of great authors who also gets music. Senich has you “covered” driving deep into stories of bands, albums, and songs and giving you that backstage pass that’s truly behind the music, no VH-1 pun intended. Senich is a true music connoisseur and brings you from one end of the spectrum to another with bands such as Sisters of Mercy to Led Zeppelin, to The Doors, to Tom Petty, to KISS, to The Cure, and to his near and near Eddie Van Halen. I find myself “chatting” with Senich during the podcast bringing up points, trivia, or insights the he ends up immediately echoing. Listening to Booked on Rock is a conversation of rock-n-roll at its best that educates and delights. It will make you smile and you will DISCover something new with every episode.

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Great podcast

Really good podcast, which usually helps me decide whether or not to buy a book on music.
Eric used to do another podcast which I really loved where he would breakdown a bands history, very insightful and good production values. Miss that!

Fgilly ,

Eric is a Massively Skilled Interviewer

I’ve known Eric since 1999 and his journalistic talent was tremendous then! It’s no surprise that his interviewing prowess is on par with the best in the business!!

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