BILLY JOEL's darkest days are set to be exposed in an
explosive new biography, which reveals the longtime boozer was
once found passed out in a closet after guzzling furniture
Newlywed Joel, who has just completed a stay at a
rehabilitation centre to finally kick his alcohol drink demons,
is portrayed as a heavy drinker who once slept with his best
friend's wife in HANK BORDOWITZ's
BILLY JOEL: THE LIFE + TIMES OF AN ANGRY YOUNG MAN.
A source at publishers BILLBOARD BOOKS says, "The book will
recount how Billy moved in with one of his best friends and the
friend's wife when he was living in New York.
"When his friend was out of the house, Billy allegedly
crawled into the wife's bed."
Bordowitz also reveals, "He (Joel) was known as a blackout
drinker, getting so drunk he couldn't remember what he did the
The book also got mentioned in an article on summer reads on CMT.com
(Country Music Television's website).
Coming Soon: Books on Elvis, Cash, Billy Joe
Browsing Through Country Music Titles for Spring and Summer
By: Edward Morris
this story to a friend.
Now that you've plowed through all those country music books you got
for Christmas, it's time to look ahead to the big spring and summer
titles. Elvis, who would have been 70 this year, remains a hot topic
for authors. Additionally, there's another ...
Finally, we have a slew of books about rock 'n' rollers, all of
whom have influenced today's country singers and songwriters. They
include: Magical Mystery Tour: My Life With the Beatles by Tony
Bramwell with Rosemary Kingsland (St. Martin's/Dunne, April); Bob
Dylan: Performing Artist Volume 3: Mind Out of Time, 1996 and Beyond
by Paul Williams (Omnibus, March); Neil Young and the Poetics of
Energy by William Echard (Indiana University, July); Billy
Joel: The Life & Times of an Angry Young Man by Hank Bordowitz
(Billboard Books, July) and Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now by
Mark Bego (Taylor, June).
Now all you need is a beach
NOISE OF THE WORLD
NOISE OF THE WORLD:
NON-WESTERN ARTISTS IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Skull Press, 384 pages) Hank Bordowitz
is an excellent writer and a man of exquisitely ephemeral musical
tastes. His championing of non-mainstream and non-Western artists has
played a large role in bringing much-deserving music to the attention of
people who otherwise wouldn't know better. However, in
Noise of the World,
Bordowitz steps aside, writing maybe a dozen of the nearly 400 pages and
letting the rest be filled with the "A" parts of his many interviews
with those artists who are thoughtlessly stuffed into "world music" bins
across the country.
With a cast of interviewees ranging from
heavyweights like Ravi
Shankar, Fela Kuti and Jimmy Cliff to
less-sung legends like Hassan
Hakmoun, Osamu Kitajima
and Vijay Anand, Bordowitz allows the
musicians to run through their opinions and insights. What's most
surprising is how many of the artists tend to focus in on the
marketing of their music,
rather than the creative processes that go into making it. To be sure,
there's plenty of insight into the musicians' inspirations, but (and
this may be due to Bordowitz's lines of questions) it's shocking to hear
so many of the subjects carp on their unfair treatment outside of their
homelands. "But we're stars in Exotic-land," so many of them seem to be
saying, "so why can't we break through in America?"
That minor quibble aside, reading Ernest
Ranglin give a beautiful and eloquent reggae
history lesson or just knowing
that Fela's chest was puffed to its
egocentric extremes during his interview give
Noise of the World plenty of
between-the-lines context and make it a
Bordowitz generously introduces world music by editing his interviews
with musicians of many cultures to read like statements from them, sans
his questions and comments. The subjects, more than 60 in all, include
very well-known (e.g., Gloria Estefan, Hugh Masakela, Ravi Shankar) and
important but less familiar (e.g., Jimmy Cliff, Fela Kuti, Coxsone Dodd)
Third World performers as well as two Americans (Michael Doucet, Paul
Simon) with stakes in world music. All relate their musical passions and
purposes. Burning Spear (aka Winston Rodney) and Black Uhuru's Duckie
Simpson address the mainstream perception that reggae begins and ends
with Bob Marley, the latter expressing resentment while Spear takes a
spiritual approach to the situation. Nigeria's King Sunny Ade, hyped as
the next world music superstar after Marley's demise, voices no regrets
as he discusses introducing new instruments into his irresistible juju
music. Some pieces are dated, but the meat of the collection--the
artists' conceptions of their work--remains fresh. Great stuff for what
the Rastas might call conscious music collections. Mike Tribby
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
EVERY LITTLE THING GONNA BE ALRIGHT: THE BOB MARLEY READER
This is a little late in coming but Hank wants to send his mad
props to Kate Kazeniac at Da Capo. Kate has gotten Every
Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader into some
excellent press, and it keeps on coming:
FROM THE DECEMBER 2004 ISSUE OF YM:
FROM FUSION MAGAZINE:
Every Little Thing Gonna Be
Alright: The Bob Reader edited by Hank Bordowitz (Da Capo Press)
There are two Bob Marleys. One, born
from commerce and marketing— an image. He is dreadlocks and pot. A
picture on a flag that you might hang in your dorm room. He’s the
fucking Nike swoosh. The other, from poverty and passion. A liberation
largesse. Peace pageantry and other such alliterations. The gentle
preacher, raucous and revolutionary whose sermons spanned continents not
through advertising, but as a revolt against oppression with unity and
spirituality (smoking sacramental spliffs also helps spread the word, as
it was the time of the season). In Every Little Thing Gonna Be
Alright: The Bob Marley Reader, Bordowitz seems to capture the best
of both. Emotive essays by Rita Marley, Alice Walker, and an interview
with the quixotic mota-man himself seem most personal, as the rest of
the book is composed of compelling magazine and newspaper articles.
(This book will most likely appeal to you, as it is a safe assumption
that you are a reader of magazines.) The source selection ranges from
reputable fact merchants such as Natural History Magazine, and
High Times to the Quaalude consciousness of Creem Magazine’s
Lester Bangs. An entire section is dedicated to writings on the division
of the Manley estate, and there is an excerpt from the Marvel comic,
“Marley Tale of the Tuff Gong.” From The Village Voice to
Essence, the book is a vending machine of all things Marley It’s
very filling, but if you still have room, might I suggest a Payday? The
salt of the peanuts alongside the sacralicious golden caramel proves an
exotic palate catalyst. Plus, it cures the munchies, bro.
FROM JOHN SHELTON IVANY'S TOP 21
Book: Every Little Thing Gonna Be
Alright: the Bob Marley Reader
Contributors: Alice Walker, Lester Bangs, Rita Marley & etc.
Editor: Hank Bordowitz
Publisher: Da Capo/Perseus
Bob Marley was born in rural Jamaica, raised in Kingston's
Trenchtown, and rose to international acclaim as the first pop
star of the so called "Third World." He took an isolated indigenous
music and turned it into an international phenomenon that spread a
message of peace as much as it did a simple rhythmic sound.
Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: the Bob Marley Reader
incorporates pieces from publications, ranging from Newsweek to High
Times, from Rolling Stone to the People's National Party Newspaper,
showcasing the expansive reach of Bob Marley, the musician and the man.
Strains of songs like "Get Up, Stand Up" and "No Woman, No Cry" are
heard just as often coming from under the doors of college dorm rooms
today as they were in his prime, and this is the book on a man whose
voice is both musically and politically enduring.
Robert Marley transcended the humility of his rural beginnings to
become not only a million-selling artist and stadium filling
entertainer, but, more importantly, a nearly religious figure whose
pleas for brotherhood and justice achieved universal anthemic status.
BOY DO WE NEED HIM NOW!
FROM KLIATT MAGAZINE
FROM DIRTY LINEN
The Bruce Springsteen Scrapbook
Found this on the Rock 102,
(Springfield Ma) website:
'BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN SCRAPBOOK' OUT NOW
Vintage photos of Bruce Springsteen and important places in
his life are featured in The Bruce Springsteen Scrapbook, a newly
published book from journalist and author Hank Bordowitz. The
174-page Scrapbook includes both famous and rare pictures, while
Bordowitz himself took many of the shots in New Jersey towns such Rumson
and Asbury Park, and of Springsteen's childhood home in Freehold. The
biographical text comes from dozens of articles about and interviews
with Springsteen throughout his career.
Bordowitz is also the author of Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized
History Of Creedence Clearwater Revival, and he edited The
U2 Reader: A Quarter Century Of Commentary, Criticism And Reviews.
two more collections scheduled for publication this year,
Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader,
and Noise Of The World: Non-Western Artists In Their Own Words.
BAD MOON RISING: THE UNAUTHORIZED HISTORY OF
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
Probably the coolest thing about being an author is
getting cited by other authors. It's all about the cred.
What's even cooler is if the work finds its way into an
encyclopedia! So imagine Hank's joy when he found his work
cited in the encyclopedia, the Brittanica itself:
Hank Bordowitz, Bad Moon Rising: The
Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival (1998), is a
conventional, thoroughly researched biography that is somewhat slanted
against John Fogerty. Craig Werner, Up Around the Bend: The Oral
History of Creedence Clearwater Revival (1998), tells roughly the
same story in the words of the people who lived it. Ellen Willis,
“Creedence Clearwater Revival,” in Anthony DeCurtis, James Henke, and
Holly George-Warren (eds.), The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of
Rock & Roll, 3rd ed. (1992), pp. 448–451, is a penetrating essay.
THE U2 READER: A QUARTER CENTURY OF
COMMENTARY, CRITICISM, AND REVIEWS
The U2 Reader has gone into a second printing, with
some (very) minor corrections.
One of the things that has kept
Hank hopping is his second term as an adjunct at Ramapo
College. Last term he taught Marketing and Management In the
Music Business, and had a genuinely good time with a terrific class.
This term, he took on two classes, Writing About Music (and Dancing
about Architecture) and Music In Our Time. Be very afraid for
his students! As part of his work there, Hank gave the
following school-wide lecture:
1pm - 2:15pm, Room: A-217
Bordowitz, Adjunct Professor of Music
"Noise of the World: Global Indigenous Pop Music in McLuhan's
Hank has also took on the job of designing and
writing an online curriculum for Music Business and Law for Full
Sail. The course is complete and Full Sail on-line students should
be "enjoying" it soon.
© 2005 Bordowitz Media Werx