RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

Joe Vitale – Backstage Pass – As Told To Susie Vitale (book)
Hit Records


Rating: B

Joe Vitale is best known as being the drummer for Joe Walsh. He also has performed and/or recorded with Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Frampton, Ted Nugent, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Ronnie Wood, Carl Wilson, Rick Derringer, Van Morrison and many more.

After being told by friends and family that he should write a book, he decided to do so. The result is a charming and honest look back at a life spent in rock and roll.

The book is personal and humorous. Vitale leaves out the sensationalism found in most books of this nature, instead giving insight to the music business, as well as the unique personalities he has been able to get to know over the years.

The best stories all have to do with Joe Walsh. These two are close friends who have shared many funny moments and they are all included here. While Joe V is not a professional writer, his Italian persona comes through loud and clear, as one can smell the spaghetti cooking on the stove while he tells his tales.

This is a lovely book from the heart and soul of a guy who was really there, making it definitely worth a read.