Famed book editor Jeremie Ruby-Strauss spoke with Thomas Scott McKenzie, author of the recent “Power Chord: One Man’s Ear-Splitting Quest To Find His Guitar Heroes” about the history and future of the heavy metal memoir trend, about working with Ace Frehley (KISS), and details about the forthcoming memoir from Stephen Pearcy of RATT.
Ruby-Strauss, editor at Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon Schuster, previously worked on Marilyn Manson‘s book and MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s legendary “The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band”. More recently, Ruby-Strauss worked on Frehley‘s “No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir” and he also acquired a future book from Pearcy.
On his experiences with Ace Frehley:
Ruby-Strauss: “I’ll never forget our initial meeting. He told a story of wanting to meet Keith Richards, but neither of them could physically stand up — so they were both propped up by assistants so they could shake hands briefly, before each slumped over. It was also very memorable when he rejected our cover and proceeded to design it himself. But you know, why not? We loved it and went with it, and the book went on to be a huge best seller.”
On what fans can expect from Stephen Pearcy‘s forthcoming book:
Ruby-Strauss: “There will be a ton of sex, mind-boggling amounts of drugs, and, of course, a whole lot of RATT and roll. Hence our current working title, ‘Sex, Drugs, Ratt Roll: My Life In Rock’. There’s also stuff about him breaking both legs as a kid and whatnot, but are you seriously not more intrigued by the sex and drugs?”
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