rock music

WAMC's Ian Pickus and guest Jeremy Simmonds examine the always growing list of dead rock stars. A BBC television writer and producer, Simmonds is the author of The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, Ham Sandwiches, now out in its second edition from Chicago Review Press.

The fast-paced life of rock and roll has led to untold numbers of untimely deaths, from the tragic to the tragic-comic. The accidents, suicides, murders and overdoses have inflated the genre with an aura of mystique and melancholy, from the day the music died in 1959 to Amy Winehouse.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Dylan Jones, the British GQ editor and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music: From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop.

Jones doesn’t pull punches in his thoughtful, often hilarious and sometimes biting new book, an 800-something-page survey of all things pop that he finds worthwhile – and many he doesn’t.

John Taylor from Duran Duran joins us to talk about his new memoir, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with leading Jimi Hendrix scholar Steven Roby, who has uncovered and collected several forgotten or lost interviews the riotous guitarist gave during his too-short heyday in his new book, Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix, published by Chicago Review Press.

Several themes that defined Hendrix’s life emerge in its pages: isolation, his tough childhood, an always shifting biographical timeline, diffidence, and often a good sense of humor.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Grammy-winning producer Denny Somach about his new book, Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World, which arrives on shelves just as the band releases its 2007 one-off reunion concert.

Part of the lasting intrigue of Led Zeppelin is the band’s now-mythic backstory. Formed from the ashes of the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin was an intensely focused and visionary group that became the defining band of the 70s, buoyed by its creative independence and the mastery of its leader and guitarist, Jimmy Page.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Guitar World editor-in-chief Brad Tolinski, whose new book is Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page.

Dating from their earliest reviews, which were often harsh and misinformed, the members of the legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have always had a complicated relationship with the press.

Peter Criss, the founding drummer of KISS, has written and new memoir, Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss and he joins us to talk about it.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with rock legend Randy Bachman, who has both shaped the sound of popular music over the past 50 years and served as one of its leading fans and curators, a living torchbearer for a many eras of rock and roll.

A guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer who penned countless hits for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner-Overdrive, Bachman has been the host of Vinyl Tap on satellite radio since 2005, where you can hear his stories of a lifetime in music and the songs he treasures.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Steve Earle, whose solo acoustic tour visits the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on September 30 at 7 p.m.

Earle has long touched his fans with his heartfelt lyrics and versatile voice, and the guitar-wielding son of the South has effortlessly glided between genres over his long career.

Grammy award-winning rockers, Evanescence, play at Tanglewood tomorrow night. The multi-platinum hard rock band, led by Amy Lee’s operatic, passionate vocals, has had the major hits, "Fallen" and “Bring Me To Life,” which snagged the band a Grammy for best hard rock performance. Amy Lee joins us.