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Hotter Than a Match Head von [Boone, Steve, Moss, Tony]
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"Damn if you won't be unable to put the damn thing down . . . People send me these books all the time and I skim them and toss them. But not Hotter Than A Match Head: Life On The Run With The Lovin' Spoonful, because of those songs." — The Lefsetz Letter

"Whew. It’s a wild ride and Boone’s has some serious storytelling talents (and got himself into some hairy situations) . . . Hotter Than a Match Head tells it all in bright, colorful fashion. I mean, we all believe in magic, right?" — BLURT Magazine

"This book sheds some much-needed light on one of the classic American bands of the 1960s and forces an honest reappraisal of their music … after reading this I'm even more of a fan, which makes Hotter Than a Match Head a great rock memoir in my book." — The Rock and Roll Chemist

"Unlike most memoirs of this type, it pays a lot of attention to the records, songs, and how they were recorded – and not just the hits, but all of the album tracks as well." —


On October 15, 1967, bass player Steve Boone took the Ed Sullivan Show stage for the final time, with his band The Lovin’ Spoonful. Since forming in a Greenwich Village hotel in early 1965, Boone and his bandmates had released an astounding nine Top 20 singles, the first seven of which hit the Billboard Top 10, including the iconic Boone co-writes “Summer in the City” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.”

Little did Steve Boone know that the path of his life and career would soon take a turn for the bizarre, one that would eventually find him looking at the world through the bars of a jail cell. From captaining a seaworthy enterprise to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. from Colombia, to a period of addiction, to the successful reformation of the band he’d helped made famous, Hotter Than a Match Head tells the story of Boone’s personal journey along with that of one of the most important and enduring groups of the 1960s.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 19348 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 339 Seiten
  • Verlag: ECW Press; Auflage: 1 (1. August 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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HASH(0x90e2a4c8) von 5 Sternen Pow! 19. August 2014
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I was a big fan of the Spoonful in the 60s, enjoying their hit singles and albums, particularly witnessing their artistic progression from their debut album through Daydream and Hums. Around the start of 1967, they inexplicably seemed to self-destruct and disappear from radio airplay and the music scene. At the time, I assumed it was a product of the inherent short life cycle of bands, exacerbated (although I didn't know the word then) by Sebastian's increasing dominance as songwriter and lead singer. Only later did the word filter down about a mysterious drug bust in 1966 that resulted in the departure of Zal from the band and the demonization of the group as "finks" and tools of the Man by the emerging counterculture. This book, by bassist Steve Boone (Zal's fellow bustee), tells the true story about that event and its destructive impact on his and Zal's lives and the band's dynamics. Boone pulls no punches, and fesses up to decisions that he made while under legal fire that, in hindsight, may not have been the best. It's also a story of the evolving state of the print media and record business and attitudes about musicians and marijuana by their previously adoring fans. The book also vividly relates the details about the formation, maturation and dissolution of a group that produced some of the greatest music of the 1960s. A good, good read.
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HASH(0x90e2aeb8) von 5 Sternen MUST-READ FOR LOVIN' SPOONFUL FANS 24. Juli 2014
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My first concert experience was in 1966 when I saw the Lovin' Spoonful at Boston Symphony Hall. To this day it's one of the most memorable shows I've ever seen. Those who saw them in their prime will know these guys were one of the best live bands at the time. They were and still are one of my favorite bands. I was familiar with their history but there were a few holes in the story and some contradicting claims between band members. Steve Booone, their excellent bass player and co-writer of many of their best songs, has written an excellent book that clears up some of the confusion and also offers up a bombshell or two about the group's history. Who was Butchie from Butchie's Tune? Now you know. The writing is clear and straight forward, fun to read, as if Steve was sitting next to you telling you the tale. Unlike many books of its kind claiming to tell you the honest behind-the-scenes story, this one truly delivers. Personality clashes, the infamous drug bust, their break-up - it's all here plus some surprising details that knocked my socks off. For Lovin' Spoonful fans and those curious about the Greenwich Village folks scene in the early 60s, this book is a must and you'll absolutely love it. Thanks, Steve, for telling it.
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HASH(0x90e2a954) von 5 Sternen Fast-paced incredible but true story of a rock 'n' roll survivor 19. November 2014
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A fast-paced, tell-all memoir from an unlikely rock star. I am a huge fan of the Lovin' Spoonful, based on the CD reissues of the group's original albums. Steve Boone's tales of life in a rock band ring true, and somehow even the most outlandish details seem plausible. He demystifies events like the infamous drug bust, the recording of "Summer In The City", and spares no one, least of all himself (he wishes a producer would have shaken some sense into him before allowing his lead vocal on "Priscilla Millionaira" to appear on "Everything Playing"). There are so many tragedies in his life, yet also amazingly good fortune, and sometimes both at the same time. For instance, if he hadn't suffered critical injuries in an automobile accident, there's no chance he would have been able to play in the Spoonful down the line. Steve reveals himself in many guises, and at times it almost seems like you are reading some Huckleberry Finn fantasy. He is refreshingly free of pretension, yet serious about what makes good rock 'n' roll music, and he is sure the Lovin' Spoonful made their share.
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HASH(0x90e2af48) von 5 Sternen A LikABLE LOSER 7. Oktober 2014
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It's always interesting to learn the backstory of a vintage rock band, like the Spoonful. Steve Boone writes in a conversational style that's easy to follow - finished the book in a couple days. Besides the informative stuff about the band and the music, his tales of the disastrous mistakes he made throughout his life are incredible. Didn't this fellow ever learn
anything. He made the same misguided blunders over and over. Careless should be his middle name. And Lucky too considering his smuggling history. I'm certain I wouldn't want to go for a sail with him. Not even in good weather. Buy this book, read it, then pass it along. As far as the Fink Incident in San Francisco, I'm sure he & Zal were scared shitless. He didn't want Zal to get deported. Steve might have acted differently if he was the only one busted.
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HASH(0x90e2aef4) von 5 Sternen Fantastic inside view of one of the hottest bands of ... 24. November 2014
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Fantastic inside view of one of the hottest bands of the 1960's American rock and roll juggernaut, and the "wild ride" career of founding member, bassist and songwriter, Steve Boone. He had me at the FORWARD (I won't spoil it here...). Chronicling not only the formation, meteoric rise and bumpy landing of The Lovin' Spoonful, Steve's story also provides a wonderful glimpse into the nascent rock scene of New York's Greenwich Village and the transition of traditional folk music to folk rock and all the wonderful characters they bump into along the way (Dylan, Mike Bloomfield, The Beatles, etc.). A really fun, fast-paced and informative read. I couldn't put it down.
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