Over the course of the last several years, the New York Times bestseller list has regularly read more like Billboard’s album charts, circa 1975.
Around this time each year, bookstore shelves and kindles see tell-alls by rock royalty from Eric Clapton to Keith Richards to Neil Young to Pete Townshend fly off shelves and downloaded en masse. As with much in the rock world, the origins to the recent rock-autobio trend can be traced to Bob Dylan’s 2004 tome “Chronicles, Vol. 1,” and, like his successors in the rock world, none have matched, in terms of quality, as the Bard’s trendsetting tome.
Last fall saw Rod Stewart throw his hat in the self-sanctioned tell-all ring with “Rod: The Autobiography.” In terms of new revelations, “Rod,” like Townshend, Young and Richards’ books, is sorely lacking and, in many cases, simply reiterating stories that have already been documented in past, “unauthorized” documentaries and selling them off as the rocker/writer’s own.
Rock bookworms are better served with 2011’s “Had Me a Real Good Time,” a near-500 page chronicle of The Faces, who arguably served as a vehicle propelling Stewart to superstardom in the `70s and giving much-deserved kudos to his former band mates.
Musically, Stewart concluded his decades-plus “Great American Songbook” run and returned to the rock strata in may with “Time.” The 12-song set, which finds Stewart putting in his songwriting two cents on many a track for the first time in more than a decade and a half, topped the charts in his U.K. homeland and graced the Top 10 on this side of the pond upon its release, but had little impact here after that.
Opening for Stewart is fellow British classic rock icon Steve Winwood. In a just world, the Stewart/Winwood billing would be equal to many a classic rock fan.
Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, United Center, 1901 W. Madison, Chicago. $19.50-$159.50. FYI: (312) 455-4500,UNITEDCENTER.COM.
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JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Nov. 16, Metro (18 and older, METROCHICAGO.COM)
Andrew Bird, Dec. 9-11, First Presbyterian Church (JAMUSA.COM)
Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Jan. 10, United Center (UNITEDCENTER.COM)
Fall Out Boy, Nov. 29, Metro (18 and older, METROCHICAGO.COM)
Waco Brothers, Dec. 27-28, Schubas (21 and older, SCHUBAS.COM)
Chuck Inglish, Dec. 5, Reggie’s Rock Club (18 and older, REGGIESLIVE.COM)
Demi Lovato, March 14, Allstate Arena (ALLSTATEARENA.COM)
Tennis, Nov. 16, Lincoln Hall (21 and older, LINCOLNHALLCHICAGO.COM)
Paul Kalkbrenner, Dec. 8, Metro (18 and older, METROCHICAGO.COM)