Paul Myers - A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the StudioPaul Myers' comprehensive book of Todd in the studio A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. It's due out October 1, 2010. Paul is blogging parts of the book during the month of September. See his blog The Pulmyears Music Blog.
Second Installment of Todd Rundgren Biography To Be Published
12/10/2009 - Asheville, NC - After a seven year gap, much to the anticipation of Todd Rundgren fans worldwide, A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story of Todd Rundgren vol. 2 is to be published by Golden Treasures Publishing on December 15. 2009. There is no more consumate musician than Todd Rundgren. There is no more complete collected account of his sonic accomplishments than A Dream Goes on Forever. This second volume of the biographic series tracks his history from the triumphant mid-'70s atop the golden pyramid to the challenging mid-'80s when he faced the demise of Utopia. Follow the album-by-album coverage from Todd's landmark 1977 production of Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell through to the persistence of vision which allowed him to continue creating music after the end of his video studio, record label and band. From Utopia to Oblivion and beyond.
No account of Todd Rundgren's second decade of creativity would be complete without extensive coverage of his pioneering efforts in music video. From his first forays into live TV to the founding of his state-of-the-art $2 million studio, Todd poured as much energy, money and talent into the advancement of music video as he did for his audio adventures. Relish the highs such as when "Time Heals" becomes the second video ever played on MTV, or Utopia presides over the channel's first birthday celebration with Nina Blackwood. Be there as Martha Quinn and Todd announce results of a Basement Tapes session, and when the band produces award-winning videography for "Feets Don't Fail Me Now". Follow along on the rollercoaster ride as Utopia's TV show plans get foiled by lost RCA satellites, and the studio ultimately and tragically goes up in flames.
Learn how, despite it all, Todd continues to forge ahead producing his own landmark solo albums along with pop gems like Skylarking by XTC and Forever Now by the Psychedelic Furs. It's all here, disc by disc, frame by frame, covering all the developments in unparalled detail. It's the continuing story of the one - the only - Todd Rundgren marching boldly through the Utopia years.
A Dream Goes On Forever vol. 2, featuring a foreword by Utopia member Kasim Sulton, is available through Amazon as well as directly through Golden Treasures Publishing (who, along with publishing the first volume of the Todd Rundgren biographic series, has released Beyond & Before - The Early Years of YES by Peter Banks).For more information:
Glass Onyon PR
Wanted to make you aware that in my new book (out May 1, 2005) called Elvis Presley Passed Here... Even MORE Locations of Pop Culture Landmarks from Santa Monica Press, in the Music Chapter I include a visit to the former loft where The Secret Sound was located in NYC. This to me is a very relevant pop culture landmark given the incredible music that was created there. A very strange experience taking the elevator ride up to the top floor to the old loft. It looks to be configured pretty much the same as back then, except now a candy company occupies the space. Where once Utopian amps, keyboards and guitars were arranged, where Wizard, Todd and War Babies were recorded, there are now boxes of chocolate stacked up. Current owners had no real idea of the place's history. Anyway, that's one of about 700 other places included in the book, which you can see on amazon here
or at my author's site: www.chrisepting.com
A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story of Todd RundgrenUpdate 4/11/2003 - The most recent issue of MOJO (A rock mag in the UK) has a review of the book
Update 2/9/2003 - Fans who wish to submit a review can send it it . Reviews collected so far are found at A Dream Goes On Forever.
On a side note, I just finished the book yesterday, and would not hesitate to recommend it to any TR fan.
Update 1/21/2003 - The book "A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren vol. 1" is now available and shipping.
The book is approximately 500 pages with 16 page color section, and tons of photos throughout. Volume 1 chronicles TR's life from birth to 1976 (right after John Siegler quits Utopia).
Please tell the world Utopia Is Here!!!!
Update 11/3/2002 - The book now looks on target for a December release. The book changed typesetters about 2 months
ago and Calvin Shenkle, the guy who did most of Zappa's cool covers in the 70s (Grand Wazoo, Overnite Sensation - many others..)
is doing the whole thing - looks like he's almost done - this should put volume 2 close behind.
Update - Due to printer delays, the book is now scheduled for a September release. Now available for pre-order! $29.95 soft cover, $39.95 hard cover. 500 pages with a 16 page color middle photo section. Billy James has written a book on TR, which is scheduled for release though Golden Treasures Publishing in September 2002. The forward for volume 1 was written by Roger Powell.
Update 1/28/2002 -
- Multiple volumes are anticipated, two maybe three
- The cover is a Lynn Goldsmith picture of Todd in the infamous peacock outfit from the Midnight Special
- Billy now has almost every player from the Utopia bands participating
- Volume one will cover Todd's early career up to the pre-Kasim Utopia era
- U.K. Industry mag Mojo will likely run a promo about the time of the S/A? 30th anniversary
Beatles UndercoverKristofer Engelhardt has recently published "Beatles Undercover" which includes a chapter on Todd. It's available at a discount from Amazon.com.
Music for the EyeTodd (with David Levine) has a book out from Ten-Speed Press in Berkeley CA. It's called Music for the Eye and lists at $19.95. It's a collection of images from FlowFazer and GrokGazer. It's on the bookstore shelves now.
Although it's currently out of print, Amazon.com offers a special notification service when it's once again available.
Here's the associated advert text:
'Often called a visionary, Todd Rundgren has continually been on the cutting edge of multimedia technology through the integration of his music and art in video. 'Music For The Eye' is a scintillating collection of electronically produced imagery, combining current 'cyber-punk' form with echoes of psychedelia.
Over 100 incredible and colorful images throughout the book are coupled with the musician's words and excerpted song lyrics.'
$19.95 paper, 96 pages, 8.5 x 11 - isbn 0-89087-752-1
Multimedia Sound and Music StudioApple has sponsored a book/CD series with Random House and New Media Magazine and the newest title features an interview with Todd and some clips from the "I" on the CD component. Entitled "Multimedia Sound and Music Studio" (The Definitive Guide for Creating Sound and Music on Macintosh and Windows Platforms) by Jeff Essex, it should be available in most large bookstore chains imminently. Priced at $45.00 U.S., the ISBN # is 0-679-76191-8. It also features interviews with other notable interactive music artists and industry insiders regarding actual production issues, trends, and other useful hands-on production information. It's available at Amazon.com for a discount as well.
Power Pop!A book is out by Ken Sharp and Doug Sulpy called "Power Pop!" The 350 page book showcases 28 extensive and revelatory interviews with the following:
SMALL FACES THE MOVE THE NAZZ THE RASPBERRIES BADFINGER BIG STAR EMMIT RHODES THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES CHEAP TRICK RICK SPRINGFIELD SHOES BAY CITY ROLLERS DWIGHT TWILLEY HUDSON BROTHERS SQUEEZE THE RUBINOOS 20/20 THE KNACK THE BEAT THE PLIMSOULS THE BANGLES THE GO GO'S MARSHALL CRENSHAW THE RECORDS THE THREE O'CLOCK JELLYFISH THE POSIES ENUFF Z'NUFF--The book also features an exclusive front cover painted by Cyril Jordan of The Flamin' Groovies
To order send a check or money order for $23 (postpaid) to:
Willow Grove, Pa 19090
(Checks or money orders made payable to Ken Sharp/Doug Sulpy)
OVERSEAS ORDERS ADD $13
If you're a fan of power pop, this book is a must.
Any question please feel free to e-mail me at SHARPK@aol.com