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Not Fade Away
Becoming Almost Famous
The Rice Room
The Hits Just Keep On Coming
Grateful Dead Scrapbook
This book collects a trove of rare removable memorabilia and evocative images culled from the Grateful Dead Archives at UC Santa Cruz, including never-before-published photos, flyers, fan letters, and other ephemera. Ben Fong-Torres tells the band's story in a fresh way, centering each chapter on a pivotal song that encapsulates a certain era of the band's songwriting, performance, and community. Includes a CD of excerpts of interviews with the Dead, conducted by Ben and others.
The Doors by the Doors
From Publishers Weekly: The Doors burned brightly, burned out and left behind a clouded legacy. The continued fascination with the band has everything to do with Jim Morrison, of course, the charismatic singer who died young. In this photo-rich volume, longtime music writer Fong-Torres has expertly woven together a narrative from interviews with the band members—Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore—as well as Morrison's family and closest friends. Collaboration created the Doors' sound and songs, and the biographies of each musician bring perspective to the more famous Morrison story.
Eagles: Taking It to the Limit
An illustrated biography of the most popular American band of all time. The Eagles have sold some 100 million copies of their albums since their founding in 1971, and, after a 14 year separation, continue to tour to sold out venues wherever they go. Ben Fong-Torres tells their story, from their beginnings playing behind Linda Ronstadt, to today. He adds insights from personal encounters with the band, ranging from a grudge softball game the Eagles played against Rolling Stone magazine in 1978 to a visit with the band in New York in 2005.
The Rice Room (2011)
The Rice Room is reprinted by University of California Press in an expanded edition. Ben Fong-Torres adds a new chapter and epilogue, updating the original 1994 book. Also, for the first time, he is able to include photos ranging from childhood to today, including shots of him with the Jackson 5, Paul McCartney and Linda Ronstadt. See the entry for the original edition, above, for more about this best-selling memoir of growing up in Oakland's Chinatown.