Illustrated History of Aerosmith

September 26, 2011

“Cream, the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin…They were all so classy and powerful sounding. We couldn’t think of an American band like that. We wanted to be the first one.”

—Tom Hamilton, Aerosmith bassist, quoted by David Wild in Rolling Stone, April 1990

For over 40 years, Aerosmith delivered flat-out, four-on-the-floor blues-based rock unlike any band before. Referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston,” they combined memorable songwriting with a showmanship unlike any band on the planet.

Forty-plus years later, the band holds a spot in the rarified air of American rock royalty as one of the greatest—and most mercurial—rock ‘n’ roll bands of all-time.

This massive, illustrated celebration is the first of its kind to provide a front-row seat to the Boston Bad Boys’ entire career: scrapping their way cross-country in the 1970s, scrapping their way back to the top of the heap in the late 1980s, and scrapping with each other the entire way. Music journalist Richard Bienstock’s lively history of the band’s rise, fall, and rebirth is illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and collectibles, including gig posters, backstage passes, ticket stubs, 7-inch picture sleeves, and vintage T-shirts.

Aerosmith also includes an extensive discography and assessments of each of the band’s studio albums, written by such distinguished rock scribes as Daniel Bukszpan, Neil Daniels, Chuck Eddy, Bill Holdship, Greg Kot, Martin Popoff, Bud Scoppa, Phil Sutcliffe, and Jaan Uhelszki. The result is a visually stunning portrait of the band many have called America’s best.

About the Author
Richard Bienstock
is a senior editor with Guitar World magazine and the executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He is also a musician and journalist whose writings have appeared in numerous U.S. and international publications, including The Village Voice and Classic Rock magazine. He currently lives in New York City.

About Voyageur Press
Based in Minneapolis, MN, Voyageur Press publishes a wide variety of books and calendars on subjects ranging from music to crafts, American heritage, country lifestyle, horses, railroads, and more. Voyageur’s music book offerings have included highly-acclaimed rock bios and illustrated histories, from The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting and Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy’s Tale from the Front Lines of Punk Rock to Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time and Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrate History.

The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Boston Bad Boys
By Richard Bienstock

9.5 x 11.125, Hardcover, 224 pages
250 color & 150 b/w photos
ISBN: 978-0-7603-4106-3
$35.00 / 39.00 CAN / £20.00
Pub date: September 15, 2011


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