Rock 'n' Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends

By Gary Graff, Daniel Durchholz

It's probably the relative modernity of rock 'n' roll that makes the style a minefield of myths and legends permitted as fact. historical past hasn't had time to dissect the bunk. till now.

Discover the true tales at the back of rock's greatest crocks, how they got here to be yet why they've got endured. Did Cass Elliott relatively asphyxiate herself with a ham sandwich? Did the Beatles spark a spliff in Buckingham? Did Willie Nelson do an analogous within the White condominium? Did Keith Richards get an entire "oil switch" at a Swiss health facility in 1973 to cross a drug attempt essential to embark on an American journey with the Stones?
Then there is the freaky (did Michael Jackson personal the is still of the Elephant Man?), the quasi-medical (Rod Stewart and that belly pump?), the culinary (did Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne quite do all these issues to bats, chickens, and so on. onstage?), and the apocryphal (did Robert Johnson promote his soul to the Prince of Darkness in alternate for mastery of the blues?).
In all, more than 50 enduring lies are tested, defined, and debunked.



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