Blood, Sweat, and My Rock 'n' Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a by Steve Katz

By Steve Katz

On paper Steve Katz’s occupation competitors anyone’s other than the Sixties’ and ’70’s greatest stars: the Monterey Pop competition with the mythical Blues undertaking, Woodstock with Blood, Sweat & Tears, or even generating rock’s such a lot celebrated pace addict, Lou Reed. there have been global excursions, and his résumé screams “Hall of reputation” — it won’t be lengthy sooner than BS&T are on that poll. He has 3 Grammies (ten nominations), 3 Downbeat Reader’s ballot Awards, 3 gold files, one platinum list, and one quadruple platinum platter (the moment Blood, Sweat & Tears album), let alone 3 gold singles with BS&T. All jointly, he’s bought with reference to 29 million documents. He had affairs with recognized woman people singers, made like to Jim Morrison’s female friend Pam while Jim was once under the influence of alcohol and abusive, partied with Elizabeth Taylor and Groucho Marx, dined with Rudolf Nureyev, conversed with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tennessee Williams, frolicked with Andy Warhol, jammed with every body from Mose Allison to Jimi Hendrix, and was once instructed to get a haircut via either Mickey Spillane and Danny Thomas.

But his memoir is extra Portnoy’s Complaint than the lurid party-with-your-pants-down memoir that has turn into the norm for rock ’n’ roll books. It’s a decent and private account of a existence on the fringe of the spotlight—a privileged vantage element that earned him a piece extra objectivity and earnest outrage than loads of his colleagues, who have been too some distance into the scene to put any sincere witness to it. Set throughout the Greenwich Village folk/rock scene, the Sixties’ so much celebrated venues and concert events, and at the back of closed doorways on foreign excursions and grueling studio classes, this can be the not going tale of a rock celebrity as nerd, nerd as rock megastar, a pleasant Jewish boy who received to sit down on the cool kid’s desk and ranking the new chicks.

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