By Steve Katz

On paper Steve Katz’s occupation competitors anyone’s other than the Nineteen Sixties’ and ’70’s largest stars: the Monterey Pop pageant with the mythical Blues venture, Woodstock with Blood, Sweat & Tears, or even generating rock’s such a lot celebrated velocity addict, Lou Reed. there have been global excursions, and his résumé screams “Hall of reputation” — it won’t be lengthy prior to BS&T are on that poll. He has 3 Grammies (ten nominations), 3 Downbeat Reader’s ballot Awards, 3 gold files, one platinum list, and one quadruple platinum platter (the moment Blood, Sweat & Tears album), let alone 3 gold singles with BS&T. All jointly, he’s offered just about 29 million files. He had affairs with recognized woman people singers, made like to Jim Morrison’s female friend Pam while Jim was once inebriated and abusive, partied with Elizabeth Taylor and Groucho Marx, dined with Rudolf Nureyev, conversed with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tennessee Williams, frolicked with Andy Warhol, jammed with each person from Mose Allison to Jimi Hendrix, and was once informed to get a haircut by way of either Mickey Spillane and Danny Thomas.

But his memoir is extra Portnoy’s Complaint than the lurid party-with-your-pants-down memoir that has develop into the norm for rock ’n’ roll books. It’s a decent and private account of a lifestyles on the fringe of the spotlight—a privileged vantage aspect that earned him a section extra objectivity and earnest outrage than loads of his colleagues, who have been too a long way into the scene to put any sincere witness to it. Set throughout the Greenwich Village folk/rock scene, the Sixties’ so much celebrated venues and concert events, and at the back of closed doorways on overseas excursions and grueling studio periods, this can be the not likely tale of a rock superstar as nerd, nerd as rock megastar, a pleasant Jewish boy who received to sit down on the cool kid’s desk and ranking the recent chicks.

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