I Gotta Rock Book Description:
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry put it this way, “The new singer, Cowboy Mach Bell, was a rock’n’roll guy who grew up in the next town over from me (Holliston, Massachusetts) and had a group called Thundertrain. He loved to rave and be in a band.”
I Gotta Rock is based on 20 years of Cowboy Mach Bell’s road journals and diaries.
After the break-up of his pioneering rock group, the Mechanical Onions, Mach Bell sees the Jimi Hendrix Experience play in a tent in Framingham MA. At age fifteen Bell attends the Boston Tea Party debut of the Jeff Beck Group. At 16, Mach hitchhikes to Boulder CO where he finds Tommy Bolin and Terry Reid jamming on a mountaintop. Mach returns east to play gigs with Black Sun and gets invited by Richard Cole to witness Led Zeppelin (’69) at the half-filled Carousel tent.
“As reflected in his diaries, Bell’s life in the mid- 70’s was the ultimate celebration of rock’n’roll. A continuous round of club shows with his band Thundertrain, concerts, rehearsals, parties, travel, recording dates and evenings spent at the Rat, CBGB’s, the Club, Max’s Kansas City and the Paradise. When the Boston Groupie News rolled off the press the next morning, Mach Bell had been where the action was the night before – and he was already writing all about it in his diary.”
In his trademark “you are there” conversational style, Mach tells about his dinner with Monkee Michael Nesmith and why he was held suspect in the kidnap of Patty Hearst. Learn how rocker Bell got involved in a wild homicide cover-up in 1981 and the reason he got fired from his job touring with Circus Vargas.
Musicians, rock stars, strippers, movie & TV stars, cartooonists, designers, morticians, circus performers, writers…
Mach knew them all: people like the Runaways, Cheap Trick, Steven Tyler, DMZ, Barb Kitson, Danny Fields, the Cars, Tom Bosley, Alex Chilton, Leslie Palmiter, Lou Gramm, Reddy Teddy, John Hammond Jr, Jim Harold, David Johansen, Clifford Vargas, Maxanne, Red Buttons, Willie Alexander, Dee Dee Ramone, Oedipus, Mickey Rooney, the Dead Boy’s Stiv Bators, Eddie Kent, Charo, and Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott to mention but a few.
Joe Perry and Aerosmith are a continuous presence in Bell’s narrative. Mach and his sister began following Aerosmith in 1971. Bell studied them as a teen. A decade later he sings, records and rocks with the Joe Perry Project 1982 -’84.
I Gotta Rock is an illuminating social chronicle. Enter the 60’s world of teenage rock bands, crash on the Sunset Strip in 1974. Join Thundertrain onstage in ’76 to record “Live at the Rat” and rock their biggest hit “Hot For Teacher.” Hang at the Thundertrain Mansion in ’77. Go everywhere else with the Wild Bunch and Joe Perry Project in the early 80’s. Bell makes headlines, rocks hard, faces a prison sentence, chases girls, starts riots and fights for his freedom. In these pages, Cowboy reveals what he really thought about everybody. Including his own bandmates. Mach brings you Bobby Edwards, Steven Silva, Joe Perry, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Marc Bolan as you’ve never seen them before.
The much-anticipated new release from the legendary Boston rocker and author.
Ladies and gentlemen: Cowboy Mach Bell
I Gotta Rock
492 pages Nearly 200 photographs)
Publisher:Bowker (October 2, 2021)
Item Weight:1.59 pounds
Dimensions:6 x 1.25 x 9 inches
I Gotta Rock
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