Skip to content

View from "my" office at Wharton San Francisco, where I've been working with the teams in MGMT 806, Entrepreneurial Ventures.

21-Jul-17

View from "my" office at Wharton San Francisco, where I've been working with the teams in MGMT 806, Entrepreneurial Ventures.

Reactions to What You Want is in the Limo by Michael Walker

15-Jul-17

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 BornWhat 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 by Michael Walker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Charming and seemingly well-researched accounts of three roughly contemporaneous albums and tours by Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Alice Cooper. The stories come across as independent – they don’t work together to support the author’s point that these 1973 tours marked a distinctive turning point in rock music’s business or the relationship of performers to their fans.

I found the the Alice Cooper story most interesting, probably because it best exemplified the trend of acts’ migrating from raw performance to staged theatrics, perhaps also because I had seen it told less often. The Who came across the least relevant, maybe because all of the tours mentioned are through the US, and The Who were so British (and as the author admits, strangely out of touch with the younger generation of the early ’70s). The Led Zeppelin bits have been gone over ad nauseam elsewhere, but this book captures them quite nicely.

Worth reading if you’re a medium-core fan of any of the bands highlighted, or generally interested in the burgeoning trends toward mega-acts that were certainly taking off in this generation (though the basic argument about a shift in the music industry’s scale and economics would probably have been better depicted with the stories of Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, or even Elton John or the Eagles).

View more of my book reviews on Goodreads here

We love El Farolito in Placentia CA!

14-Jul-17

We love El Farolito in Placentia CA!

Sign in parking garage at John Wayne Airport, Orange County. Always makes me wonder what other kinds of stairways there might be.

14-Jul-17

Sign in parking garage at John Wayne Airport, Orange County. Always makes me wonder what other kinds of stairways there might be.

The legendary Pat Martino playing in Half Moon Bay. Organist Tony Bianchi has one Hammon B-3, but two big Leslie speakers.

09-Jul-17

The legendary Pat Martino playing in Half Moon Bay. Organist Tony Bianchi has one Hammon B-3, but two big Leslie speakers.

Baker's Keyboard Lounge. "The oldest jazz club in the world."

17-Jun-17

Baker's Keyboard Lounge. "The oldest jazz club in the world."