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Rock Book Recommendation: Journeyman Guitarist Dick Wagner’s Smash Hit Memoir

Dick Wagner is a veteran rock guitarist who has enjoyed celebrated stints with rarified rock royalty such as Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and KISS. The Iowa-born axeman spent 40 years living the high flying life of a rock star; playing on some 200 albums and netting 35 platinum and gold records.


Wagner has detailed his often dabaucherous and sometimes emotional professional and personal experiences in his engaging new memoir: Not Only Women Bleed, Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician.


Wagner’s book, which producer Bob Ezrin called “witty, artful,” and “literate,” tells the story of his first becoming a professional musician in Detroit during the Sixties. Much of it however, is centered around his heyday during the Seventies, when he played on classic albums such as Lou Reed’s Rock and Roll Animal, KISS Destroyer and Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare.


While Wagner’s most memorable stint was arguably the one he spent with Cooper, the guitarist ultimately went on to work with the likes Rod Stewart, Hall & Oates, Tina Turner, Meatloaf, Air Supply, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Gabriel, Ringo Star, Etta James and Aerosmith just to name a few!


But Not Only Women Bleed doesn’t just dwell on Wagner’s high flying successes. The book also delves into the guitarist’s problems with drugs, relationships, and even serious health issues that left him near dead just a few years ago.


Not Only Women Bleed has received critical acclaim and spent two weeks on top of Amazon‘s Hot New Releases for Biographies and Memoirs of Entertainers. The book is available for both Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. But we’d recommend that hardcover version that comes with two CDs of music.

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