Anthrax's Scott Ian Spins Tales From the Thrash Side

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He's the man who was caught in a mosh: Scott Ian today
Like many men currently in their mid-to-late forties, Anthrax co-founder/rhythm guitarist Scott Ian was a huge, practically obsessive Kiss fan growing up.

"My Kiss window was about '75-'78, when I was 11 to 14 years old," Ian says. "The older kids all hated Kiss because they thought it was only about the costumes and makeup and effects. But I heard and loved 'Rock and Roll All Nite' before I ever saw the band!

"And as someone who was into rock and horror movies and comic books, now I had all that wrapped up into one package," he continues. "And I loved the music."

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Breaking Down Rap's Greatest Albums, Track by Track

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Brian Coleman, the Man to Whom Your Favorite Rappers Revealed All.
Ever wanted to hear your favorite rap artists break down their masterpieces track by track? You're about to get your wish, as this week sees the release of Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique 2. Boasting over 20 track-by-track breakdowns of some of the greatest rap albums of all time, it looks to continue his series of unprecedented documentations of what went into making hip-hop classics. We spoke to Coleman about his new book and what it's like getting rappers to talk about themselves without a beat playing.

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James Brown Was a Complicated Dad, Says New Book

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Dr. Yamma Brown, whose Father was the Godfather. Got that?
James Brown was, of course, the Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. But all that he worked to grab those titles over decades seemed to come crashing down through much of the '80s and '90s.

That's when he derailed into years of drug and domestic abuse, erratic behavior, weapons charges, a carousel of women, and questionable business deals. His name became more a punch line for comedians than a pillar for music writers, the low point being a crazy-looking mug shot and an actual stint in a South Carolina prison (remember the "Free James Brown" T-shirts?).

But his crash and burn was no laughing matter to some members of his family, especially daughter Yamma.

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Excerpts From New Rock Memoir I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig

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Beau Phillips (left) with Robert Plant
By Daniel Kohn

Beau Phillips was a radio programmer at Seattle radio station KISW from 1978 to 1996, and was head of marketing at MTV for a few years. During this time, he was around some of the biggest names in music, when the biz was at its financial apex.

Phillips just self-published a memoir called I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig, which looks back on his career and "all the wildness that went on backstage," as Sammy Hagar says in the book's forward.

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New Book by Jesus Lizard's David Yow Proves Fame Trumps All

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David Yow is known for his role as the lead singer of legendary pigfuck outfit the Jesus Lizard. Throughout much of the 1990's, he terrorized dingy bar venues and major festival stages alike, using an unhinged and borderline demonic energy to command the crowd. Yow's unrelenting showmanship often saw him strip naked and tackle audience members, crowdsurf through mazes of sweaty, grabby hands and withstand harsh bodily trauma on repeated occasions. He's lauded for his vocal style, which is really nothing more than a terse bellow punctuated by shouts and screams that meld perfectly with the Jesus Lizard's thunderous sound.

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Kinks Bio Shows Davies Brothers Brawl So Hard

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Original Kinky Kinks: Ray Davies (vocals/guitar), Dave Davies (guitar), Mick Avory (drums) and Pete Quaife (bass).
God Save the Kinks: A Biography
By Rob Jovanovic
Quarto Publishing Group, 330 pp., $14.95

As battling brothers Ray and Dave Davies continue to go back and forth with each other -- and in the press -- with sometimes wholly different views on what if anything the Kinks will do to mark their 50th anniversary, this new bio offers a fresh and insightful look into the band's music and history.

Jovanovic. who has also written books on the Velvet Underground, Nirvana, Big Star, Kate Bush, and R.E.M., pens a brisk and often hilarious narrative. He utilizes both previously published material including the brothers own books, Ray's X-Ray and Dave's Kink, and the more than two dozen original interviews conducted with band members, business associates, fellow musicians, fans, and journalists.

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The Rolling Stones' Rocky Road to Exile on Main Street

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Two Birds of a Feather: Bianca and Mick Jagger arrive for the first show of the Stones' 1971 "farewell" tour of England in 1971
Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile
By Robert Greenfield
Da Capo Press, 196 pp. $25.99.

Like estranged lovers who can't quite quilt each other, music journalist Robert Greenfield and the Rolling Stones have kept coming back together through the decades...at least in print. His first book on the band, S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones, was his personal, fly-on-the-wall account of much of the band's famously debauched 1972 tour in support of Exile on Main Street.

More than 30 years later came Exile on Main St: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones, the definitive account of the making of what many consider the band's best record. In this slim, third effort, Greenfield takes an even more personal memoir, mostly of his experiences in the band's 1971 "Farewell" tour of England before they became (temporary) tax exiles on France, where they put down much of Exile.

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Paul Stanley's New Book Looks Like the Most Reliable KISStory to Date

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KISS in their '70s prime
Face the Music: A Life Exposed
By Paul Stanley
HarperOne, 480 pp., $28.99

With the publication of this glitter-, greasepaint- and leather-slathered tome, all four original members of KISS have now penned their autobiographies.Not surprisingly, as one astute Web site pointed out recently by comparing the quartet -- their memories and opinions of the same shared incidents don't always coincide. Or even come close to similarity. Lead singer/rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, aka "The Starchild," always seemed like the most level-headed member of the group. Now he has written the best memoir of the four with the most insightful -- and probably accurate -- reading of KISStory.

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Seinfeld Writer Carol Leifer's New Memoir Explains How to Succeed in Comedy

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Carol Leifer grew up loving I Love Lucy like today's comedy fans loved Seinfeld. And as a writer on the seminal "Show About Nothing" (she was responsible for episodes including "The Lip Reader," "The Hamptons" and "The Rye"), Leifer deftly chiseled her experiences into the bedrock of an entertainment career approaching 40 years.

"Jerry [Seinfeld] and Larry [David] afforded each writer an amazing experience," the Santa Monica resident explains. "When it was your episode, they brought you into casting, the run-throughs, down to props and costumes. They consulted the writer of the episode down to editing. Most staff writers never learn how to edit until they're way down the food chain in TV production, but Larry and Jerry involved every writer in every step of the process. That is really unusual in TV, and I feel really grateful."

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Jesus Lizard Extras!

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Tonight, March 26, members of Jesus Lizard will appear with Akashic Books head honch Johnny Temple for a Q&A at WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Last week, we ran a feature story about the band's glorious new Book. Not everything fit. Here now, your Jesus Lizard extras!

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