Author Archives: Jamie Blaine

Jamie Blaine

About Jamie Blaine

As likely to quote Axl Rose as Saint Augustine , J.M. Blaine is a licensed sex and suicide specialist who has worked in libraries, haunted houses, psych wards, megachurches, rehabs, classic rock radio stations and roller rinks.

Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Captain & Tennille’s Toni Tennille

They were known as pop’s most wholesome duo, a husband and wife team beloved for their dazzling smiles, love-conquers-all message and super-cute songs about butterscotch castles, muskrat kisses and Disney girls. But was there more to the story for multi-platinum, Grammy-winning, hit TV stars Captain … Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Eric Spitznagel, author of Old Records Never Die: One Man’s Quest for his Vinyl & His Past

What might possess a person to go looking for their old records? The very same copy of Slippery When Wet that Heather scrawled her phone number on in high school, that Replacements Let it Be from college that still smells … Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ace Frehley Talks Sobriety, Space Travel & Making Peace with KISS

The first time I saw KISS was around second or third grade, just after my parents had split. I went to a K-12 school out in the sticks and there was a senior named Tony Gilley who wore a purple … Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with “Petty: The Biography” Author Dr. Warren Zanes

Jamie Blaine sits down for a fascinating chat with author Warren Zanes about his much-lauded biography of rock n’ roll icon Tom Petty. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Growler

Gene Simmons infamously declared rock to be dead, decrying the lack of upcoming bands able to wear the mantle, let alone the Spandex, once rock’s senior tour of Black Sabbath, KISS, Aerosmith & AC/DC have taken their final encore. So … Continue reading

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Sunshine, Someday, Maybe: An Excerpt from Jamie Blaine’s Midnight Jesus

It’s midnight and I’m knocking on the back door of a seedy strip club off Jefferson and Ninth. A big bald bouncer who looks like a buff Uncle Fester ushers me in and goes to fetch Katy. There’s a Black … Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: The Dirt, The Game & The Truth with Author Neil Strauss

“Get to know yourself in truth, and without fear,” bestselling author Neil Strauss tells Jamie Blaine. “Because if you don’t, you’re not living your own life.” Strauss, who penned off-the-charts hit The Game, and has co-written memoirs with porn star Jenna Jameson and rockers Motley Crue, comes clean about his journey out of the shadows, all covered in his new soon-to-be-bestseller The Truth. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Greg Renoff, author of Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal

So you thought you knew Van Halen? I did. But I had no clue they’ve been around in some form since 1971, or that the brothers basically hated David Lee Roth but let him in because it was cheaper than … Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Def Leppard Guitarist Phil Collen

Def Leppard founder and co-guitarist Phil Collen is one of the only human beings who can say: “My band has sold over 100 million albums.” While most of those sales came in the band’s 80s heyday, the working-class quintet is still rocking, touring, and making records, and Phil has sat down to write a memoir of his own incredible journey. He sits down with our own scribe de rock, J.M. Blaine, to talk about his memoir, his band’s upcoming 11th album, and just how in the hell a 57-year-old vegan kickboxer can get so jacked. Continue reading

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