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“Hollywood Rocks: The Ultimate Guide to the 1980’s Music Scene” by Brian Roccio

Author: Brian Roccio
Title: “Hollywood Rocks: The Ultimate Guide to the 1980’s Music Scene”
Publisher: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 9/2003
Genre: Glam Rock History
Rating: 4/5

No matter how you slice it, the big hair and spandex wearing bands of the Hair Metal Glam Rock scene of Hollywood, Los Angeles were often larger than life characters that delivered music with as much personality as the images they were presenting. The book “Hollywood Rocks” is a veritable tour guide of the scene and the groups that performed on the often infamous Sunset Strip and in its 200 plus pages we are literally taking a trip back in time that is not only proves to be a lot of fun, but also is one that will send the reader looking into cabinets for old vinyl and tapes that they might have long ago forgotten about. The book is loaded with hundreds upon hundreds of killer photos and is segmented into chapters that break it down by bands, flyers, media, venues and fashion. With this in mind we shall examine the sections in a little more detail by presenting the bands that brought this scene to everyone’s attention.
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“Hollywood Rocks: Audio Companion” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Hollywood Rocks: Audio Companion” – Boxed Set
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 6/21/2005
Genre: Glam Rock
Rating: 5/5

Return with me now to the big-haired Hard Rocking 80’s where hair spray and lipstick were in abundance and spandex pants were as far as the eye could see – and I am talking about the guys! Yes, “Hair Metal” was one of those offshoots of the doomy thunder originally created by Black Sabbath and had been tempered to sharpened steel by bands such as Judas Priest. The scene in L.A. was like no other when it first hit us as literally band after band was popping up and securing major label record deals. It was a memorable time for those who lived it, and a historical point of reference for those who found religion based on some of the groups it launched. Resulting from this boom in music the world got Poison, Ratt, Motley Crue, W.A.S.P., Dokken as some of the bigger and more popular names while also making some room for the popular but not as famous King Kobra, D’Molls and Pretty Boy Floyd. It also features contributions from bands whos names you might only recall from interviews with musicians who came from that particular band before joining one who got mega famous. One such band which seemed to be the group many sprang forth from was London and Steeler. London giving us members of Motley Crue while Steeler Yngie Malmsteen. This boxed set was released as the audio companion to the book that bears the same name. “Hollywood Rocks” is a colossal volume loaded with band promotional photos, images of band flyers, ticket stubs and club marquees along with comments from the widest variety of Glam Rock personnel you could imagine.
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