A wet and not-so-wild June has allowed me to catch up on reading, and dream of the book I’ll never write.
From the bestselling author of must-have business books Cleaning Up in the Business of Suck: How to Make a Fortune Using Medical Leeches and One Horse Power: Own and Operate a Horse and Buggy comes this patched-together nugget, now in its third edition, which sees Schwartz dispensing deep insider knowledge like, “Getting distribution isn’t as easy as just wanting it.” Includes an interview with Perez Hilton.
By Bill German
Subtitled How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It) , Under Their Thumb is the story of how author Bill German, boy from Brooklyn, got mixed up with the Rolling Stones and lived to tell about it. German plays witness to the type of drug-fueled debauchery you’d expect, but also hits with unexpected tender moments like Keith Richards’ midlife crisis (roughly 106 years ago) and Ron Wood’s countless overindulgences, one of which involved a one-night stand with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders ... which Wood didn’t remember engaging in. Sample anecdote: Upon receiving a reckless driving misdemeanor in Arkansas, Richards tells German he’s gotten off light; the arresting officer missed his huge stash of cocaine. “There was more drugs in that car than car.” No talk of Cyrano de Bergerac in this book, a must-read.
By Countless People Who Overestimate the Importance of Things
August marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, and the parade of swag is in full tilt. If pull quotes from Wavy Gravy, counterculture as commodity and pictures of mud-covered longhairs is your thing, email me. They can all be yours. But I’m keeping Lyrics By Sting . ■
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