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Rice Room

Summary

One of America's best-known rock and entertainment journalists describes his journey from his childhood, cooped up in the "rice room" of his family's restaurant in Oakland's Chinatown, where he did chores, to the major role he played as a writer and editor at Rolling Stone. It is a story of teen worship of Elvis, but also of Chinese customs and the tragic murder of his brother, and of the '60s scene in San Francisco, where he found freedom - and his career.  

©1994, 2011 Ben Fong-Torres (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ben Fong-Torres
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Willin'

Summary

The saga of the legendary Los Angeles band Little Feat is one of rock 'n' roll's great stories. Formed in 1969 by ex-members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Little Feat created groove-heavy music that was an irresistible mix of rock, blues, R&B, country, jazz, soul, and funk. Fronted by the charismatic but doomed vocalist and brilliant slide guitarist Lowell George, the band recorded such classic studio albums as Sailin' Shoes and Dixie Chicken, as well as Waiting for Columbus, which many consider to be one of the best live albums of all time. Acclaimed journalist Ben Fong-Torres - working with Little Feat's surviving members, their friends, and associates - wrote Willin' based on hours of brand-new interviews with the key players. The result? The first definitive biography of this beloved rock 'n' roll institution.

©2013 by Ben Fong-Torres (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ben Fong-Torres
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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