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What to Read: When we were the boys, a Review by Frank Wolfe

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October 01, 2014
What to Read
Frank Wolfe

What's On the Bookshelf
Over the years, we’ve had numerous conversations with industry leaders and often one of the topics that we discuss is the latest book read. We thought it would be fun to share some of these booklover conversations with our readers. Here are what our industry leaders are reading.


When we were the boys
Coming of age on Rod Stewart's Out of order Tour, By Stevie Salas, Robert Yehling
[Review by Frank Wolfe, CEO, HFTP]

I have three confessions to make. The first is that in a previous life I spent a bit of time around music stars and working in the concert business. The second is that I have “snuck” into a few places where music legends were performing because I have always been fascinated with the music industry. The third is that I have personally spent some time with the author and find him not only to be a music prodigy but a great guy.

The music industry is an amazing, crazy and fantastical world and Salas does not disappoint in describing it! His story provides readers with a glimpse of what it’s like to be a prodigy rock star amongst a fraternity of talented people who have made it big. The story is also a great read for those who have coveted the rewards of being in the band and those who have just dreamed about a backstage pass that would entitle them to a few pictures with the band and glimpses of the roadies who travel the world to follow their favorite groups.  

Salas provides verbal pictures of hazing and skepticism from people who were much older than he was on the famous “Out of Order Tour,” and describes how emotional discussions with Rod Stewart developed Stewart’s faith in a young man that had started out in the industry as homeless, and how the crazy lifestyle of being on the road can make lifetime friendships.

Salas has worked with a number of super stars including Mick Jagger, George Clinton and Justin Timberlake; has been musical director of six American Idols and is involved in film and television. His solo albums have sold several million albums and he is a great story teller.
 

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