Thursday, July 2, 2015

Steve Katz from Blood Sweat And Tears

They helped shape the 70's with a horn section that never competed against the group Chicago. In fact Steve said radio had it all wrong. The two bands were a brotherhood not competition, With such a big sound. What was it like to move your music from AM to FM radio? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the front man of Blood Sweat and Tears Steve Katz. On paper Steve Katz’s career rivals anyone’s except the 1960s’ and ’70’s biggest stars: the Monterey Pop Festival with the legendary Blues Project, Woodstock with Blood, Sweat & Tears, and even producing rock’s most celebrated speed addict, Lou Reed. There were world tours, and his résumé screams “Hall of Fame” — it won’t be long before BS&T are on that ballot. He has three Grammies (ten nominations), three Downbeat Reader’s Poll Awards, three gold records, one platinum record, and one quadruple platinum platter (the second Blood, Sweat & Tears album), not to mention three gold singles with BS&T. All together, he’s sold close to 29 million records. He had affairs with famous female folk singers, made love to Jim Morrison’s girlfriend Pam when Jim was drunk and abusive, partied with Elizabeth Taylor and Groucho Marx, dined with Rudolf Nureyev, conversed with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tennessee Williams, hung out with Andy Warhol, jammed with everyone from Mose Allison to Jimi Hendrix, and was told to get a haircut by both Mickey Spillane and Danny Thomas. But his memoir is more Portnoy’s Complaint than the lurid party-with-your-pants-down memoir that has become the norm for rock ’n’ roll books. It’s an honest and personal account of a life at the edge of the spotlight—a privileged vantage point that earned him a bit more objectivity and earnest outrage than a lot of his colleagues, who were too far into the scene to lay any honest witness to it. Set during the Greenwich Village folk/rock scene, the Sixties’ most celebrated venues and concerts, and behind closed doors on international tours and grueling studio sessions, this is the unlikely story of a rock star as nerd, nerd as rock star, a nice Jewish boy who got to sit at the cool kid’s table and score the hot chicks.

Beatriz Williams Tiny Little Thing

For three summers in a row. She's had the best read. This year there's a twist in Camelot. It involves politics and an age of America where fantasies still exist. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the extremely popular Beatriz Williams. Williams’s evocative 2012 debut, Overseas, celebrated those heroic virtues in an inventive time-leaping narrative, made romantics out of cynics, and won awards even before it was published. A year later Williams recreated 1938’s real-life cataclysmic hurricane in A Hundred Summers, an enthralling and literate summer read that became a New York Times bestseller and went back to press five times in paperback. In 2014, she delivered The Secret Life of Violet Grant, an intricately-constructed saga spanning two continents and five decades among the Schuyler family of Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side. Target selected The Secret Life of Violet Grant as their Book Club Pick for May 2015. TINY LITTLE THING is infused with evocative period detail, brimming with wit and insight and indelible characters, and explores a host of issues, from the complexity of human relationships, to the rise of celebrity politics at the dawn of television, to the penetrating effects of war on those who return not quite whole. About TINY LITTLE THING: In the summer of 1966, Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life: her volatile sister Pepper, an envelope containing incriminating photograph, and the intimidating figure of Frank’s cousin Vietnam-war hero Caspian, who knows more about Tiny’s rich inner life than anyone else. As she struggles to maintain the glossy façade on which the Hardcastle family’s ambitions are built, Tiny begins to suspect that Frank is hiding a reckless entanglement of his own…one that may unravel both her own ordered life and her husband’s promising career. www.beatrizwilliams.com Follow Beatriz on Twitter: @bcwilliamsbooks Follow Beatriz on Facebook: www.facebook.com/beatrizwilliamsauthor ABOUT THE AUTHOR A Stanford University honors graduate with an MBA in finance from Columbia, Beatriz Williams lives in Connecticut, with her husband and children. She is the author of the international bestsellers Overseas, A Hundred Summers, and The Secret Life of Violet Grant. Summer Tour Cities: Brooklyn, NY Woodstock, GA Vero Beach, FL Asheville, NC Greenwich, CT Narragansett, RI Madison, CT Sandwich, MA Brewster, MA White Plains, NY West Hartford, CT Boonsboro, MD

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kelly Hansen from Foreigner

Growing up in the 1970's. The force of music named Foreigner was my Lennon and McCartney. People used to laugh until the Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducted Mick Jones and Lou Graham. The energy. The harmonies. The endless riffs and concert scenes have flooded the nation this summer. Kelly Hansen didn't join a band. He's helped revolutionize the term long distance and forever Foreigner. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with front man Kelly Hansen.

Lee Grant I Said Yes To Everything

She was one of the first women of Hollywood to hold her own. It opened the door for her to reach beyond acting and straight into directing. But what happens when Hollywood is accused of being connected to Communism? Her life suddenly went silent. But the fight to succeed didn't. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Hollywood legend Lee Grant. I SAID YES TO EVERYTHING is both a compelling memoir of a singular life and an affecting universal story of a tenacious woman overcoming considerable obstacles to come into her own. It offers a revealing and highly personal glimpse into some of the most fraught days of America’s political history, as well as a time when women were just beginning to assert their own worth and to break into the top levels of the film business. Through it all, Lee Grant navigates her travails, triumphs, and romances with heart and humor, embracing kismet and celebrating life. About the Author: Lee Grant won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Shampoo and directed the Oscar winning Documentary Down and Out in America. She has appeared many times on Broadway and in such memorable films as Detective Story (for which she received her first Oscar nomination and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival), In the Heat of the Night, Valley of the Dolls, The Landlord, Plaza Suite, Portnoy’s Complaint, Voyage of the Damned, Airport 77, and Defending Your Life. She has also appeared on many television shows, including, Peyton Place (for which she won an Emmy), The Neon Ceiling (her second Emmy win), and the innovative 1970s series Fay. She has directed Nobody’s Child (winner of a Director’s Guild Award), The Stronger, Tell Me a Riddle, What Sex Am I?, The Willmar 8, When Women Kill, The Gun Deadlock, and many other documentaries, as well as more than forty episodes of Intimate Portrait for Lifetime. She founded her production company, Feury/Grant Entertainment, with her husband, Joe Feury. In 1989, Women in Film honored Grant with their first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. An adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, she lives in New York City with her husband.

Lee Greenwood Proud To Be An American

When he sang the song God Bless The USA the nation instantly wove it into our heritage. In 2015 the foundation of the nation and all it stands for is now an incredible book for children. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Lee Greenwood. Throughout his expansive career, international country music star Lee Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards, a GRAMMY for Top Male Vocal Performance on "I.O.U," in 1985, and a multitude of prestigious award nominations. His discography includes twenty-two studio albums, seven compilation albums, seven No. 1 hits, and thirty-eight singles including songs like “Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands,” “Dixie Road,” and “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” among others. His stand-out hit "God Bless The USA," has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also No. 1 on the pop charts after 9/11. Known for his stand-out patriotism and support of the U.S. military, Greenwood has been honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's National Patriot’s Award, and entertained troops on more than 30 USO Tours. In November 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Greenwood to a six-year term as a council member on the National Endowment for the Arts. The California native wrote his second book in 2012, a collection of inspirational essays titled Does God Still Bless the USA; A Plea for a Better America (Tate Publishing). His latest projects include a brand-new fully-illustrated children's book, Proud To Be An American, in stores Memorial Day Weekend, 2015, as well as a seven song EP, I Want to Be In Your World, featuring more songs penned by Greenwood and him on saxophone. Lee and his wife, Kimberly, a former Miss Tennessee, currently reside in Nashville and have two sons. ABOUT HELPING A HERO Houston-based Helping A Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-partisan organization providing support for military personnel, severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members as well as engaging the community to provide services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Thanks to the HelpingaHero.org Home Program, 100 severely wounded heroes from 22 states have been awarded a custom adapted home tailored to restore their independence. HelpingaHero.org is the 2nd largest 501(c)(3) organization building homes for our severely wounded heroes in the nation. And all of this has been accomplished with no paid staff for our first 6 years and now with a bare bones staff. For more information on Helping A Hero and to find out how you can contribute to the cause, please visit helpingahero.org. OTHER LINKS / INFORMATION ON LEE GREENWOOD: http://www.leegreenwood.com/ - OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://websterpr.com/leegreenwood - WEBSTER PUBLIC RELATIONS CLIENT PAGE http://websterpr.com/leegreenwood/1925-lee-greenwood-embarks-on-national-tour - TOUR PRESS RELEASE http://websterpr.com/leegreenwood/1820-alabama-lee-greenwood-phil-vassar-the-grascals-and-ryan-weaver-added-as-performers-for-charlie-daniels-40th-anniversary-volunteer-jam - CHARLIE DANIELS’ VOLUNTEER JAM (AUG 12 2015)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Guy Lawson Arms And The Dudes

Pot heads turning into the world's most famous gun runners. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the man that investigated the true story. Guy Lawson The tale journalist Guy Lawson tells in ARMS AND THE DUDES: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History (June 9, 2015/$27.95 hardcover) is so strange it can only be true. The story became front page news at the time it occurred, but a full account has never been accurately reported until now. The book’s subtitle might sound like a high concept premise for a movie; in fact, ARMS AND THE DUDES is currently being filmed for Warner Brothers by Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover films, with stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. In 2007, three twenty-something kids from Florida—Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, and Alex Podrizk—ended up in charge of a $300 million Department of Defense contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military. Their essential infrastructure in navigating the arcane world of defense contracting consisted of a dive apartment, an Internet connection, a few cell phones, and a steady supply of high-grade marijuana. As part of the deal, the dudes bought cheap surplus Communist bloc ammunition—100 million rounds of AK-47 cartridges originally manufactured in China in the ‘50s and ‘60s. They tried to circumvent a ban on selling Chinese-made arms to the U.S. government by secretly repackaging the rounds in unmarked cardboard boxes and shipping it to Kabul—until they were caught by Pentagon investigators and the scandal turned up on the front page of the New York Times. Or so goes the “official” version of the story The truth behind this official story is far more dark, absurd, and disturbing. As Lawson shows in ARMS AND THE DUDES, as the American government tried to stand up armies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon covertly established itself as the world’s largest gunrunning organization. Using private contractors like the dudes from Florida as middlemen, the American military knowingly purchased weapons from illegal arms dealers—the same men who sell arms to dictators, warlords, and drug traffickers. The United States government hoped to hide this reality in documents sealed in federal court, until Lawson uncovered the whole story. ARMS AND THE DUDES takes readers on an unprecedented voyage into the mysterious and murky world of global arms dealing. The improbable tale of Diveroli, Packouz, and Podrizki includes Russian geopolitical intrigue, a shady Swiss arms dealer, corruption and murder in Albania, and a Pentagon investigation that caused ammunition shortages for the Afghanistan military—all leading to federal indictments for fraud, a Congressional investigation, and a fiasco that shows the American government acting with no respect for international law. It is a tale that the government distorted, manipulated, and tried to bury—until now. ABOUT GUY LAWSON Guy Lawson is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning investigative journalist whose articles on war, crime, culture, and law have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Harper’s, and many other publications. His Rolling Stone article on this story was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters. Visit www.GuyLawson.com

Grant Blackwood Tom Clancy's Under Fire

On the edge with a serious twist of the unexpected. This new Jack Ryan book rewrites what you think you already know. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with author Grant Blackwood. The writer that brought us Tom Clancy's Under Fire Each of Tom Clancy’s eighteen previous novels became a #1 New York Times bestseller, and total sales of his books worldwide are estimated at more than one hundred million copies. In total, Clancy wrote more than one hundred fiction and non-fiction books. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, and then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list in 1984 after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. Four of his novels became the basis for hit movies (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears). Another hit film, 2013’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, was based on an original story about the early CIA days of Clancy’s hero. Clancy’s work spawned a videogame empire, as well, with sales of more than seventy-five million games to date. He passed away in October 2013 Grant Blackwood, who co-authored the critically acclaimed #1 New York Times bestseller Dead or Alive with Tom Clancy, superbly carries on the immensely popular Clancy franchise with TOM CLANCY UNDER FIRE. The New York Times–bestselling author in his own right of the Briggs Tanner series, Blackwood is also the coauthor of The Kill Switch, with James Rollins, and of the Fargo Adventure Series with Clive Cussler. A U.S. Navy veteran, Blackwood spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as an Operations Specialist and a Pilot Rescue Swimmer. Please let me know if you would like an interview with Grant Blackwood.