“It’s this generation’s American Graffiti — it’s Happy Days slammed into Resurrection Boulevard.”
“Johnson’s memory for the adventures we shared breaking into show business is seamless.”
—Edward James Olmos
Kids, This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll: A Rockin’ and Rollin’ Memoir Made on the 1960s Sunset Strip in Hollywood
Here is a story that is glamorous, inspiring, and gritty — a marvelous fusion of the ups, downs, and in-betweens of life and music and passion in 1960s Hollywood, California, the place where dreams are made and chased and, sometimes, die.
When Steven “Rusty” Johnson, Eddie Olmos, and Joey Zagarino met in high school in 1962, the sky was the limit and rock ‘n’ roll stardom was a record deal away. These three friends forged a life-long friendship that would take them through triumph and tragedy, victory and defeat, success and failure — all in the pursuit of reaching the rock ‘n’ roll dream.
This is not only the story of three dreamers, it is a true tale that shows that success — and life — is about taking it from the top, catching a good groove, and taking it one beat at a time.
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Steven Jae Johnson has enjoyed life as a musician, an actor, a screenwriter, and now as an author. He and Edward James Olmos have enjoyed a forty year working relationship. They met in high school when they were both young musicians with dreams of stardom. Their friendship and working relationship has continued ever since. Steven is the archivist of their history as struggling musicians and actors in Hollywood through four decades.
At Olmos Productions, Steven and Edward produced several documentaries concerning gangs, drugs, guns, and domestic violence for the United States. It Ain’t Love is their most recent work together. Former President Clinton recorded the introductions for each of these documentaries when they aired on NBC. Steven also was a columnist for Olmos Productions from 1989 to 1996.
From 1984 to 1988 he worked with Michael Landon on the television series “Highway to Heaven” as an actor, a musical cue arranger, and a photo double. Steven has appeared in over seventeen films, twenty-seven television programs, and countless theater productions as an actor, music composer, and writer.
Besides acting in the film A Million To Juan with his friends Edward James Olmos and Paul Rodriquez, Steven composed the music score for the Samuel Goldwyn and Prism Motion Picture. At Paramount Pictures Steve was hired to teach actor Jeff Daniels how to play the drums for the character Daniels was playing in The Butcher’s Wife, which also starred Demi Moore.
Rusty has written music and lyrics for live theater productions at the Los Angeles Actors Theater and has served at the staff composer and lyricists for the MET theater, Dexter Freeman’s company in Hollywood. He has composed music and lyrics for countless live theater production by director Jim Kennedy with Edward James Olmos and Darrell Fetty. He has been the house composer and lyricists for The Cellar Theater. Steve wrote, sang, and acted with Georgia Brown, Steve Allen, and Jim Boothin in the play The Al Chemist Show at the Los Angeles Actors Theater.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bare Bones, host of the marquee morning program “The Bobby Bones Show,” comedian and dedicated philanthropist delivers an inspirational and humorous collection of stories about his biggest misses in life and how he turned them into lessons and wins.
Bobby Bones is the youngest inductee ever into the National Radio Hall of Fame alongside legends Dick Clark, Larry King, and Howard Stern. As "the most powerful man in country music" (Forbes), he has reached the peak of his profession and achieved his childhood dreams. Each weekday morning, more than five million fans tune in to his radio show.
But as Bobby reveals, a lot of what made him able to achieve his goals were mistakes, awkward moments, and embarrassing situations—lemons that he turned into lemonade through hard work and humility. In this eye-opening book, he’ll include ideas and motivations for finding success even when seemingly surrounded by impossible odds or tough failures. He also includes anecdotes from some of his famous friends—Andy Roddick, Chris Stapleton, Charlamagne Tha God, Charles Esten, Brooklyn Decker, Walker Hayes and Asa Hutchinson—who open up about their own missteps.
Bobby’s mantra is Fight. Grind. Repeat. A man who refuses to give up, he sees failure as something to learn from—and the recollections in this funny, smart book, full of Bobby’s brand of self-effacing humor, show how he’s become such a beloved goofball.
Over the last twenty-five years, legendary music producer and record man LA Reid—the man behind artists such as Toni Braxton, Kanye West, Rihanna, TLC, Outkast, Mariah Carey, Pink, Justin Bieber, and Usher—has changed the music business forever. In addition to discovering some of the biggest pop stars on the planet, he has shaped some of the most memorable and unforgettable hits of the last two generations, creating an impressive legacy of talent discovery and hit records.
Now, for the first time, he tells his story, taking fans on an intimate tour of his life, as he chronicles the fascinating journey from his small-town R&B roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his work as a drummer to his fame as a Grammy Award-winning music producer and his gig as a judge on the hit reality show, The X Factor. In Sing to Me, Reid goes behind the scenes of the music industry, charting his rise to fame and sharing stories of the countless artists he’s met, nurtured, and molded into stars. With fascinating insight into the early days of artists as diverse as TLC, Usher, Pink, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber, his story offers a detailed look at what life was like for stars at the start of their meteoric rise and how he always seemed to know who would be the next big thing.
What emerges is a captivating portrait from the inside of popular music evolution over the last three decades. Part music memoir, part business story of climbing to the top, this beautifully designed book, jam packed with photos, showcases Reid's trademark passion and ingenuity and introduces a multifaceted genius who continues to shape pop culture today.