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Blog entries by Greg Prato
Greg PratoA journalist from Long Island, New York, Greg's books include A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, and MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video. Get more info about Greg's books here. You can also follow Greg on Twitter.
Yacht Rock QuizChristopher Cross with Deep Purple? Kenny Loggins in Caddyshack? A Fact or Fiction all about yacht rock and those who made it. George ClintonWhen you free your mind, your ass may follow, but you have to make sure someone else doesn't program it while it's wide open. Pat BooneOn the one change he made to "Stairway To Heaven," and what Little Richard and Fats Domino thought about his covers of their songs. QueenScaramouch, a hoople and a superhero soundtrack - see if you can spot the real Queen stories. Andy KimThe "Sugar Sugar" co-writer talks about life in the Brill Building, and how that song came together. Jonny LangThe guitar hero talks about his new album and explains what it was like singing heartbreakers like "Lie To Me" as a teenager. Kenny Wayne ShepherdThe blues slinger on the shirt that inspired "Blue On Black" and the songs from his album Lay It On Down. Billy Sheehan of Mr. BigThe bass player for Mr. Big and David Lee Roth talks about "To Be With You" and how they got big in Japan (and many other countries). Frankie Banali of Quiet RiotThe Quiet Riot drummer breaks down "Metal Health" and explains how they covered "Cum On Feel the Noize" over Kevin DuBrow's objections. Charlie Benante (Anthrax)The Anthrax drummer/songwriter on the "mainstream mentality" that holds metal back, and Flavor Flav's drum skills. Jonas Bjerre of MewThe frontman for the progressive Danish band explains their backward melody technique. ShreddersTales from the shred guitar masters from Greg Prato's book on the subject.