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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.
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. Agnes ObelAgnes tells the stories behind some of her most captivating songs and videos, including "Riverside," which has over 20 million views. ScorpionsDo Smashing Pumpkins have a song in tribute to the band? Did they get tight with Kiss? Find out in this Fact or Fiction. Justin Sane of Anti-FlagThe singer-guitarist on the group's songwriting process and the story behind "Brandenburg Gate." RainbowSpot the real stories in this Fact or Fiction from the author of The Other Side of Rainbow Timothy B. SchmitThe longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group. Steve Hogarth of MarillionMarillion's lead singer on their painstaking, SoundCloud-based songwriting, and song meanings from their album FEAR. Tomas Haake of MeshuggahThe drummer/lyricist for these Swedish extreme metallists explains their songwriting process and breaks down some key tracks. DonovanA chat with the man who helped invent psychedelic pop and was "all over" The White Album. Roger McGuinn of The ByrdsRoger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.