"Damien Shields has taken on the task of researching some of these songs and the stories behind their creation, and for that I thank him," says Forger. "There are so many lessons to learn from a creative genius like Michael Jackson. Just as Michael said 'study the greats and become greater,' we are now left to study how he, a poor child from a Midwestern American town, rose to be the most popular entertainer on the planet. These stories are a detailed examination of how some of the songs unreleased in his lifetime came into existence.
It is important to document the process and tell the story, not only because it s history, but also to pay tribute to a person who loved storytelling and would want the story to be told."
For the first time--featuring exclusive never-before-told stories--Xscape Origins puts all the pieces of the puzzle together to reveal how the King of Pop and his collaborators conceived and developed the original versions of "Love Never Felt So Good," "She Was Loving Me" (a.k.a. "Chicago"), "Loving You," "A Place With no Name," "Slave To The Rhythm," "Do You Know Where Your Children Are," "Blue Gangsta," and "Xscape" (a.k.a. "Escape").
Compiled from exclusive interviews with:
Michael Prince(Engineer, 1995-2009)
Matt Forger (Engineer, 1982-1997)
John Barnes (Composer, arranger, musician, 1983-2009)
Cory Rooney (Songwriter, producer, A&R, 1999-2001)
Fred Jerkins III (Songwrtier, producer, 1999-2001)
Brian Vibberts (Engineer, 1994-1999)
CJ deVillar (Engineer, musician, 1998-1999).
And exclusive first-hand insights from:
Rodney Jerkins (Producer, songwriter, 1999-2001)
Brad Buxer (Composer, arranger, musical director, 1989-2008)
Kathy Wakefield (Songwriter, 1973-1984)
Dr. Freeze (Songwriter, producer, 1998-2001).
Transformer is the only complete and comprehensive telling of the Lou Reed story.
Legendary songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed passed away on the 27th October 2013, but his musical influence is assured. Now discover the true story of the Velvet Underground pioneer in this update of Bockris’s classic biography.
Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story follows the great songwriter and singer through the series of transformations that define each period of his fifty year career. It opens with the teenage electroshock treatments that dominated his memories of childhood and never stops revealing layer after layer of this complex and often anguished artist and man. Transformer is based on Lou’s collaborations with the hardest and most romantic artists of his times, from John Cale, Andy Warhol, and Nico, through David Bowie, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson and the ghost of Edgar Alan Poe. Rippling underneath everything he did are Lou’s relationships with his various muses, from his college sweetheart to his three wives (and one drag queen).
Leading Lou Reed biographer, Victor Bockris - who knew Lou throughout the Rachel Years, from Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal to the Bells - updates his original biography in the wake of Lou’s death. Through new interviews and photos, he reveals the many transformations of this larger-than-life character, including his final shift from Rock Monster to the Prince Charming he had always wanted to be in the twenty years he spent with the love of his life, Laurie Anderson . Except with Lou, you could never really know what might happen next...
Including previously unseen photographs and contributions from Lou’s innermost circle and collaborators that include similarly esteemed artists such as Andy Warhol and David Bowie, Transformer is as captivating and vivid a read as befits an American master.
A touching, funny, heart-wrenching, and triumphant memoir from one of the biggest names in radio, the host of The Bobby Bones Show, one of the most listened-to drive time morning radio shows in the nation.
Growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, Bobby Estell fell in love with country music. Abandoned by his father at the age of five, Bobby saw the radio as his way out—a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station broadcasting as Bobby Bones, while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105.9 KLAZ. Bobby’s passions were pop, country music, and comedy, and he blended the three to become a tastemaker in the country music industry, heard by millions daily. Bobby broke the format of standard country radio, mixing country and pop with entertainment news and information, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business, including Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean.
Yet despite the glamour, fame, and money, Bobby has never forgotten his roots, the mom and grandmother who raised him, the work ethic he embraced which saved him and encouraged him to explore the world, and the good values that shaped him. In this funny, poignant memoir told in Bobby’s distinctive patter, he takes fans on a tour of his road to radio. Bobby doesn’t shy away from the curves he continues to navigate—including his obsessive-compulsive disorder—on his journey to find the happiness of a healthy family.
Funny and tender, raw and honest, Bare Bones is pure Bobby Bones—surprising, entertaining, inspiring, and authentic.
“Damien Shields se ha enfrentado a la tarea de investigar algunas de estas canciones e historias detrás de su creación y le doy las gracias por ello”, dice Forger. “Hay muchas lecciones que aprender de un genio creativo como Michael Jackson. Como Michael decía: ‘Estudia a los grandes y te convertirás en el más grande’. Ahora ya sólo nos queda estudiar a un niño pobre de una ciudad del medio oeste americano que llegó a ser el artista más popular del planeta. La siguiente crónica es un examen detallado de cómo algunas canciones –no publicadas en su momento- llegaron a nacer.
Es importante documentar el proceso creativo y contarlo, no sólo por el hecho histórico en sí, sino para rendir homenaje a una persona que adoraba contar historias y habría querido que la historia fuera contada”.
Por primera vez, presentando en exclusiva historias jamás contadas, Xscape Origins reúne todas las piezas del puzzle para revelar cómo el Rey del Pop y sus colaboradores concibieron y desarrollaron las versiones originales de: “Love Never Felt So Good”, “She Was Loving Me a.k.a. Chicago”, “Loving You”, “A Place With No Name”, “Slave to the Rhythm”, “Do You Know Where Your Children Are”, “Blue Gangsta” y “Xscape a.k.a. Escape”.
A partir de entrevistas exclusivas con:
Michael Prince (Ingeniero, 1995-2009)
Matt Forger (Ingeniero, 1982-1997)
John Barnes (Compositor, arreglista y músico, 1983-2009)
Cory Rooney (Compositor, productor y A&R, 1999-2001)
Fred Jerkins III (Compositor y productor, 1999-2001)
Brian Vibberts (Ingeniero, 1994-1999)
CJ deVillar (Ingeniero y músico 1998-1999).
E información exclusiva de primera mano de:
Rodney Jerkins (Productor y compositor, 1999-2001)
Brad Buxer (Compositor, arreglista y director musical, 1989-2008)
Kathy Wakefield (Compositora, 1973-1984)
Dr. Freeze (Compositor y productor, 1998-2001).
“Damien Shields ha investigado en profundidad para ofrecernos una colección de historias, sin contar hasta ahora, detallando el origen y desarrollo de las canciones del álbum Xscape. Este libro satisfará con seguridad a toda la gama intelectual de fans de Michael Jackson, sedientos de conocer más cosas acerca de su genialidad y creatividad”. Michael Prince, ingeniero de Michael Jackson, 1995-2009.
“Xscape Origins está repleto de investigación, pero esto no es lo único que sirve para contar una historia. Además, Damien Shields ofrece valiosa información de fondo, al mismo tiempo que va llevando al lector por un viaje emocional”. Brad Sundberg, director técnico de Michael Jackson, 1985-2002.