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If You’re Going to Desert Trip, You Want to Read Chris Formant’s ‘Bright Midnight’

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Author Chris Formant has a crazy theory: what if the 27 Club’s Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and Jim Morrison were all murdered? His upcoming novel, Bright Midnight (Highline Editions, November 9, 2016) takes readers on a journey with an aging rock journalist coming across explosive evidence behind the truth of the Myth of 27. His book transports us to a period in time saturated in mystery and modern American mythology. Much of the mystique of the wandering troubadour lives on in the souls of today’s aged rockers. Rock ‘n’ roll music has changed drastically with the emergence of punk, grunge, emo and alternative. Millennials like myself remember the days listening to the biggest hits of the…

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Ricki and The Flash asks, “Where have the veteran female rockers gone?”

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As a teenager in the late ‘90s, I was obsessed with all things 1970s. My generation idolized the peace and love era, from scouring thrift shops for the perfect bell-bottoms to begging our parents for stories about Woodstock. While the world was watching the millennium approach, all we wanted to do was look to the past. And nothing resonated more than the music. Growing up, my parents would blast CCR or Joan Baez, Neil Young and Tom Petty. My first concert was a Crosby, Stills & Nash show in the fourth grade, standing on a stadium seat to see the stage better. While I eventually moved past my love of bell-bottoms, my love of old school rock and roll never…

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4 Classic rock histories with a backbeat

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Have someone on your Christmas list who has a hankering for classic rock? Sometimes, these people are the most difficult to find a gift for. You want to help them indulge their musical passion, but what do you get that special someone when you know they already have all the albums by their favorite artist? Thanks to a spate of new books, you can help that hard-to-shop-for someone do more than just listen to their favorite performers. Within these books can be found these artists’ life stories, the sagas of their incredible careers, and the background behind the hits that have become the soundtrack of our lives. So this year, try rockin’ around the Christmas tree with these books. Yule…

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