Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed! is now called Agents of Fortune:
The Blue Öyster Cult Story and is published out of the UK and is no
longer available as Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed!, which was a
2009 update of the 2005 book.
I did a long rewrite, expansion, re-edit on this thing (plus songs in
double quotes, albums italicized, little up-classing details) with new
interview footage from Eric Bloom, Al Bouchard, Joe Bouchard, Donald Roeser
and the always quotable Sandy Pearlman. maybe a few other citations as well,
plus better writing.
Less pictures than the 2009 book and for obvious reasons, I’m not crazy about
the front cover! But where it really matters, the writing... well, this was my
best band biog ever and now it’s even way better, with expanded examinations
of many of the songs and an updating of the story, mostly with the continued
writing and recording careers of Joe and Al.
Now also available as ten-and-a-half-hour audio
$19.99, read to you by me:
Blue Öyster Cult… six gold and platinum U.S. albums… classic trax like “(Don’t
Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ for You,” “Astronomy” and “E.T.I.”
Indeed, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Eric Bloom, Allen Lanier, Albert Bouchard
and Joe Bouchard comprised one of the great stadium acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
BOC were heavy metal enough to duke it out with Kiss, Rush, Aerosmith, Ted
Nugent and Black Sabbath, yet smart, funny, ironic and jaded enough to please
the tough New York critics, of which more than a couple mingled within their
Agents of Fortune is not a biography as such, but a biography of the
band’s albums, a canon of work I consider one of the finest in rock, and truly
superlative on the lyrical front. Indeed, in radio, print and TV interviews,
I’ve consistently called the band’s lyrics the best in the business, tied with
those of Captain Beefheart and Pye Dubois (Max Webster, Kim Mitchell). And
what’s more, it’s been well-documented that I consider this the most
action-packed, intellectual and highly interesting of the band biographies
I’ve penned. The guys are just really cool, creative and have killer stories.
The book examines the complicated early days of the band, graphically
demonstrating the show biz sweat that goes into making an act an act. The
majority of the book however is centered around the peerless intellectual
quality of the songs, a quality made entertaining by the band’s psychotropic
and ghoulish humor, and by its interest in all manner of conspiracy theories,
cults, monsters, vampires, UFO tales, foul play, arcane spiritualism, alchemy,
love lost and love buried, science fiction and science friction.
Along the way, I talked (in some cases numerous times) with Buck, Eric, Albert
and Joe, along with drummer Bobby Rondinelli, legendary producer of the band
Murray Krugman and BÖC expert Bolle Gregmar. For insight into the band’s
fantastic lyrical world, I went right to the source, the penners of BÖC
classics. Some of the best insights into creativity I’ve ever heard - through
1400 interviews an’ counting - came from Sandy Pearlman (also the band’s
manager during the golden years), Richard Meltzer, Helen Wheels, David Roter
and John Shirley, along with cover artists Greg Scott and Ioannis. Helen
Wheels and David Roter are since deceased—these chats with them are among
their last interviews.
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