Druggy Stardust & The Empress of Clubland (911 is Disconnected 2)

Druggy Stardust & The Empress of Clubland (911 is Disconnected 2)

By: Adam Bomb (author)Paperback

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The second book release in rocker Adam Bomb's arsenal is an illumination through the dark New York City club scene during it's decadent rock 'n roll heyday. Picking up where his first book, `911 Is Disconnected... So This Is Rock & Roll' left off, `Druggy Stardust' is a cautionary tale describing the ins and outs of the rock music biz, and the ups and downs of falling in love and starting a family in the cocaine glitter palace known as Limelight. The dichotomy of a love story in a musical world fueled by sex and chemicals, this book is Adam's secret diary. It chronicles the behind-the-scene stories of Adam's work with such musical luminaries as Johnny Thunders, John Paul Jones, Chuck Berry, Steve Stevens & Billy Idol, record producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith), Hanoi Rocks and Michael Monroe, touring with Motorhead, Ronnie James Dio, and a long list of other music legends and Hollywood celebrities. It is a star-studded romp through the parties and hotspots of the elite New York City club scene and the gritty London rock discos of the late `80s and `90s. Druggy Stardust is an apologue of the louche, with incredible photos by some of rock and roll's most renowned photographers like Mick Rock, Bob Gruen, Mark Weiss, and Limelight in-house photographer Miss Chickie. Insightful and entertaining, this true-life story is a peek behind the velvet rope and the dressing room doors when rock stars ruled the world.

About Author

In 1982, Bomb quit TKO and moved to LA, to become a solo artist. He shared a room with a pre-GNR Izzy Stradlin, who lived next door to Black N' Blue axeman Tommy Thayer, who gave `em the "Bomb" part of his name, `cuz `Adam Brenner' wasn't gonna cut it in a town full of, well, Izzys and Slash's and Dukey Flyswatters. Adam briefly joined Steeler, replacing Yngwie Malmsteen after he split for that hare-brained Viking solo project of his, but mostly, he spent the next year and half recording songs for the first Adam Bomb record. Adam Bomb signed to Geffen in 1984 (admittedly, not a hard thing for a metal band to do in 1984, but still) and released Fatal Attraction a year later. Word has it that Adam Bomb himself actually played everything on the album, but the back cover credits Billy Idol's bass player Phil Feit, ex-Riot man Sandy Slavin on drums, and ex-Aerosmith fill-in Jimmy Crespo on guitar. There's about 500 other people credited on this `un too, including AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams, who added a little extra chug on I Want My Heavy Metal. Personally, I really don't care who played what. What I do know is that this was Adam Bomb's - the man, the group, the concept, whatever it was - finest hour. Many, many people will argue this point, however. Not that they will steer you towards other stages in AB's career, mind you. No, it's just that lots of "metal" dudes in the 80's hated Adam Bomb. Mostly because of his name, surely, and at least a little because he had a song in metal-radio rotation with the impossibly dim-witted title I Want My Heavy Metal, but believe me, he was not beloved amongst kids with Slayer or Iron Maiden back-patches. But so what? Sure, he wore shoulder pads and had supermodel cheekbones, but the fact is, Fatal Attraction was a plastic-fantastic flash metal gem that neatly sutured 70's glitter-rock with LA preen-metal, creating a cock n' roll sensation that paved the way for glad-rag dandies from the UK and Sweden to make a decent living outta acting like they fuckin' invented the idea of swirling Aerosmith's raunch with Gary Glitter's goofball pomp. Despite suffering from major-label concessions at every turn, the high-flying glitter-metal of Fatal Attraction showed great promise, and even today, tracks like I Want My Heavy Metal and Shape of the World sound like a young, horny Slade with stun-gun guitars, declaring war on phoney rock'n'roll. Which is what all Flash Metal records are supposed to sound like. The hell of it is, although Adam Bomb enjoyed regional accolades and was probably invited to a lot of out-of-control after-parties in LA, Fatal Attractionnever rose above `cult' record, and even then, it wasn't the cool kids forming the cult. Which is quite a tragedy, once you find out what Mister Bomb did with the rest of his time Looking to capitalise on their buzz, Adam Bomb and his band went to England to record a new album, Pure S.E.X. (original title: "Dangerous When Lit"), but it would be another 100 or so years before it would see the light of day. Meanwhile, the band toured with Lords of the New Church, and Bomb himself appeared in Playgirl, in a Mick Rock-shot spread entitled "The Bad Boys of Rock". I don't know who else was in said spread, but I betcha nobody called GG Allin, El Duce, or any members of the Replacements for it. In 1988, Adam Bomb-the-band still had no new record out. Adam-the-man, however, was having a hell of a year. He jammed with Chuck Berry on New Year's Eve. He did a solo three week tour of the UK, using ex-Babysitters drunk-glam legends The Last of the Teenage Idols as his backing band. Then he went to Stockholm and played guitar in the Johnny Thunders band for two months. '88 was a good year for me too, man, but not that good. In '89, Adam wrote and recorded songs with Steve Stevens, but you know how it goes with that cat. A year later, Pure Sex was finally released. However, it was on a French label, Musidisc, which was really no help to you and I. Meanwhile, the studio in New York where Bomb and Stevens recorded their new flash metal tracks went bankrupt, and their master tapes went missing. Or so the story goes. A year later, Adam emerged in the UK, where he formed the Last Bandits, with Dogs D'Amour bassist Steve James. They toured England throughout 1991. Then Little Steven asked him join his band. Then Axl told him Izzy almost asked him to join GNR in'84. Then somebody held his master tapes from the Stevens sessions for ransom. Then Adam played a few gigs with Mike Monroe. And so on. It's the craziest goddamn rock'n'roll story you ever heard, and almost all of it is true. And while Adam has mostly stayed a solo act in the past couple decades, he has definitely not kept quiet. In the late 90's, he formed, recorded and toured with the furious Get Animal band. In 1999, Adam Bomb (the man) released a 9/11 themed album called Third World Roar and toured England with Swede sleaze-rock sensations the Diamond Dogs. In 2012, Adam Bomb-the-band released the aptly named Rock On Rock Hard Rock Animal, and just last year he toured the world in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Fatal Attraction. According to his online bio, Adam's goals are to `Promote the electric guitar and keep rock'n'roll alive". And I believe him, brother. That part I know is true. - SLEAZEGRINDER

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781910705872
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9781910705872
  • ISBN10: 191070587X

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