Author Archives: Jamie Blaine

About Jamie Blaine

As likely to quote Axl Rose as Saint Augustine , J.M. Blaine is a licensed sex and suicide specialist who has worked in libraries, haunted houses, psych wards, megachurches, rehabs, classic rock radio stations and roller rinks.

Simple is Best: The Secret of AC/DC’s Success — A Conversation With Biographer Susan Masino

AC/DC biographer Susan Masino, also a longtime band friend, is perhaps the only writer to enjoy the honor of an actual shout-out in one of the band’s early tunes. (See below.) If that doesn’t give a biographer cred, nothing does. Masino’s Let There … Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: The Return of Eddie Trunk

He’s the official ambassador of all things rock and metal; articulate, approachable, the author of not one but two sources of required reading in the form of Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Vol. I & II. Jamie Blaine catches up with Trunk on the eve of his return to VH1 for the 14th season of That Metal Show, dishing on Axl & Slash, Def Leppard, reunions, and who, but who, is gonna fill the shoes of the rock and metal giants who still walk among us? Continue reading

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Metallica Rock City: A Conversation with “Into the Black” Authors Paul Brannigan & Ian Winwood

Metallica have plowed their way to the top, selling over 100 million records worldwide and becoming quite possibly the most successful heavy metal band of all time. Or have they? Monday Metallica Rock City talks the rise, fall and return of East Bay’s finest with the authors of the comprehensive two volume biography, Birth, School, Metallica, Death and Into the Black. (Da Capo Press) Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Marky Ramone

J.M. Blaine sits down with Marky Ramone, the sole surviving member of seminal punk avatars The Ramones, to chat about Marky’s harrowing but heartwarming memoir, a rock odyssey detailing a legendarily dysfunctional quartet that included an addict, a hardcore Republican, and an OCD sufferer, all of whom, with Marky, forever altered the course of pop music, and all of whom loved Cracker Barrel. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Scott Ian of Anthrax

Anthrax frontman and rock memoirist Scott Ian is definitely The Man, and he’s got The Stories. In advance of his rock and roll tell-all, still-going-strong Scott opens up to our own J.M. Blaine about time spent with Run DMC, Metallica, Public Enemy, and KISS, among others. Continue reading

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Rock & Roll Coffee: A Conversation with Anson Williams

SECOND GRADE. Every day after school I watch Happy Days reruns with my neighbor, Steffie Dougal. “Fonz is the coolest,” I tell her. “Not even,” she replies. “Fonzie’s always bragging and trying to act tough.” “Pff,” I scoff. “Who’s cooler … Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Jimmy Wayne — Good Things Coming from Hard Times

Abandoned by his jailbird mama in a Greyhound bus station at age 13, singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne seemed destined for destitution and an early grave. But through the kindness of strangers – “God sends strange angels,” he says – Wayne rose to become a hit songwriter, author, and advocate for the homeless. J.M. Blaine gets some down-home philosophy from Wayne, plus tidbits about Ozzy, the Nashville song mill, and Daryl Hall’s indoor pool. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Joe Perry of Aerosmith

Intrepid scribe J.M. Blaine chats with rock icon Joe Perry, lead guitarist and co-mastermind – with Steven Tyler – of Aerosmith, and it’s a helluva ride. Perry’s long-awaited memoir “Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith” drops this week, and the soulful brooder gives us all a sneak peek at his amazing, drug-addled, miraculous, and glitzy tale, which also includes advice on how to stay married for three decades, which may be his most amazing achievement of all. Continue reading

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The Road to Exile: Biographer Robert Greenfield on Life with The Stones in the Early Seventies

In 1971, the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World was bulletproof, and biographer Robert Greenfield was there, reporting well and truly on the continued rise of the decadent, determined, devilish Rolling Stones. Our own J.M. Blaine chats with Greenfield about his never-boring third installment of Rolling Stones reminiscences and interviews, “Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye.” Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Legendary Rock & Roll Journalist Lisa Robinson

Rock scribe Lisa Robinson walked among the giants – Springsteen, Jagger, Michael Jackson, Eminem, Gaga – and not only lived to tell the tale, she wrote about it all, using unprecedented access to bring readers cheek-to-cheek with pop icons. In this interview, our very own J.M. Blaine turns the tables on Robinson, giving us a peek into her long-anticipated memoir There Goes Gravity. They dish on everything from Jagger’s tacky shoes to Stevie Nicks’ cocaine blues. And much more. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: Interview with Michael Sweet of Stryper

Jamie Blaine sits down with Stryper’s Michael Sweet and talks about what really went on behind the scenes of the Sunset Strip’s most famous Christian metal outfit. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: An Interview with Rock Photographer Lynn Goldsmith

Jamie Blaine speaks with legendary rock photographer Lynn Goldsmith about the craziest musicians she’s captured, her underwhelming introduction to U2 and what really happened with Bruce Springsteen at the “No Nukes” concert. Continue reading

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