If you are a lover of ''80s glam rock (oh, come on, admit it, you know you are!) you will get a huge kick out of David S. Grant's newest compilation, Rock Stars: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of 80's Glam Frontmen Into Pop Culture. I have to admit that I still find many of these frontmen drool-worthy, namely Poison's frontman, Bret Michaels, and was thrilled when I discovered this book and even more thrilled with the opportunity to interview the book's creator.
Previous works by David S. Grant include: Corporate Porn, Bleach|Blackout, The Last Breakfast, Happy Hour, Hollywood Ending, and the short story collection Emotionless Souls. David resides in New York where he happily bangs his head and soaks up the righteousness of '80s glam rock!
First of all, could you tell us a bit about Rock Stars? What is the book about, who are the characters, etc.
Rock Stars: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Glam Frontmen Into Pop Culture is a look back and forward with the glam metal singers from the eighties. Accompanied by illustrations of each singer (courtesy of by Joel Gwidt), Rock Stars takes a tongue-in-cheek look at both the careers and music created during this time.
What do you want readers to take away from reading Rock Stars?
This book is meant for the reader to reminisce at the '80s and have a good laugh at a time when the shade of lipstick was equally important as the music.
What was the most fun about writing Rock Stars?
Having to go back and research, mostly through music videos. It’s incredible how over the top hair band videos look compared to rock videos today. Actually, Lady Gaga videos are much closer to Poison than most bands today.