What You Want Is in the Limo

What You Want Is in the Limo

On the Road With Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and The Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born

Book - 2013
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"Walker revisits [three history-making tours in 1973] in memorable, all-access detail: he goes backstage, onto the jets, and into the limos, where every conceivable wish could be granted. He wedges himself into the sweaty throng of teenage fans (Walker himself was one of them) who suddenly were an economic force to be reckoned with, and he vividly describes how a decade's worth of decadence was squeezed into twelve heart-pounding, backbreaking, and rule-defying months that redefined, for our modern times, the business of superstardom"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812992885
0812992881
Characteristics: xviii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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WillNotStanding
Mar 12, 2014

This author fails to deliver the promised sociological study of a tantalizing subject: the Seventies phenomonen of big name rock music acts grown so huge that they took popular music one giant leap foreatd from mere Beatlemania. Sticking strictly to three rock bands touring in the year 1973 - Led Zepellin, The Who and Alice Cooper - the author merely dishes up a not-so-colorful itinerary for each group. We don't really see what's so epochal "in the limo"/jet/hotel suite.
Instead, we get a running commentary on zany hijinks of these suddenly-rich and famous long haired artists.
We watch from a distance as the the groups play to vast-and-vaster sports stadium venues. They rent limos singley - one for each band member - and they fly their petsonal entourages of friends, handlers and groupies criss-crossing the continents. They drink and take drugs. Nothing new there. No thoughtful analysis of the mega-rock group phenomenon. This book reads like a TMZ report.
Quite shallow. And boring.

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