As one of the most successful rock promoters of all time, Barry Fey has sold more concert tickets than any other independent promoter in history. Loved by rock stars and adored by audiences, Fey's notorious hot-headed, take-no-prisoners attitude earned him the nickname "The Rockfather."
At an extravagant Luau at Barry Fey's Colorado home, Mick Jagger and a 320 pound Fey chat about life on the road following the Stones performances in Denver on June 14, 1972 -- they were two of the seventeen sold out shows with the band that year. (Photo Credit Dan Fong (C) 2011)
Now Fey, who dominated the concert promotion industry from the late '60s until his retirement in 1997, pulls back the curtain of his storied career with BACKSTAGE PAST, a memoir revealing intimate, shocking and previously untold tales of Rock and Roll's greatest legends.
With forewords by Pete Townshend and Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, BACKSTAGE PAST takes fans into the dressing rooms and behind the scenes to expose the memories, the madness and the music - in colorful fashion as only Fey could tell it.
Says Sharon Osbourne, "He's one of the best promoters worldwide and when combined with his naughty personality – he's wickedly funny – it's the perfect recipe." Adds Ozzy, "He's among a handful of very special people in my life."
His stories and tales of the classic moments, warts and all, are finally revealed in BACKSTAGE PAST.
When he saw Jim Morrison inhale fumes from a vat of floor wax; when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards taught him how to snort cocaine; when he was given a jar of blood for Ozzy Osbourne, Fey knew he was living an extraordinary life.
According to President Bill Clinton, "Dozens of the artists who are now in rock's pantheon were first booked by Barry. Music lovers all across America and all around the world have been the beneficiary of Barry's good instincts, his hard work and his creativity."
Fey remarks, "Nothing in my early life would have suggested that I'd become friends with Bono (introducing him to a then unknown Brad Pitt in 1987) or any of the dozens of other rock legends…I got lucky."
On sale now at Barnes & Noble's Nook, Amazon, and www.barryfey.com this book is sure to become a "must read gift" for the holiday shopping list.
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By Barry Fey
Forewords by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and by Pete Townshend
Published by Lone Wolfe Press, a division of Richcraft
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