Once in a while, someone writes a book for the sheer love of the subject. They need to put on paper the things they've been feeling. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it becomes a special moment for the reader. Stadium Rock is one of those books, and the author Jeb Wright is one of those people. He runs a site called
ClassicRockRevisited.com, and more than anything in this world, he loves rock and roll. He loves the way it sounds and the way it touches him.
Here he has collected some of his best interviews and presents them for the first time. They were originally up on the site but they've long since disappeared. Reading them back to back is the perfect way to experience them.
You feel part of the conversation, part of the give-and-take that Wright is so terrific at creating with his interviewee.
The pieces here include Kansas; Paul Rodgers; Aerosmith; Sammy Hagar; and eight others. In them, you have a real sense that these various musicians sitting there with microphones stuck in front of their faces are more than happy to be in that environment. Wright is a sort of "Aw shucks" kind of interviewer who feels just as unworthy sitting in front of Joe Perry as any other star-struck fan would.
This is tagged as Series 1, and that means there will be more. That's a good thing. All too often music journalists think they're just a little too hip for or act just a little too removed from the music and the musicians with whom they deal. Not so Jeb. He's as big a fan as anyone, sitting in the front row with his lighter held high in tribute to the rockers who have created the soundscape of his life.