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 Ed Piskor, Creator of Hip Hop Family Tree

Acclaimed comic book artist Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree series details originator Kool Herc’s revolutionary rec room parties in the summer of ’73 up to the rise of super stars the Beastie Boys and RUN-DMC. Our own JM Blaine catches up with Piskor straight off the Copenhagen Comics Festival to, uh, rap about the past, present, and future the still-growing Hip Hop Family Tree.
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Monday Rock City: The Gospel According to Black Sabbath — A Conversation with Geezer Butler

In a fascinating conversation with our own JM Blaine, hugely influential Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler confirms that, yes, Black Sabbath were – and are – actually more Christian band than “Devil worshippers,” and always have been. Holy shit, indeed! Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Duff McKagan

Bass player of the biggest, most controversial and contentious band in the world becomes… finance expert? Only one name you can attach to that story: Bestselling author, dad, and respected journalist Duff McKagan, a one-of-a-kind rock n’ roll Phoenix. He kicks back with our own J.M. Blaine to talk pinball, martial arts, being a middle aged gym rat, his old band Guns N’ Roses, and his new advice book: How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions). Continue reading

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Simple is Best: The Secret of AC/DC’s Success — A Conversation With Biographer Susan Masino

AC/DC biographer Susan Masino, also a longtime band friend, is perhaps the only writer to enjoy the honor of an actual shout-out in one of the band’s early tunes. (See below.) If that doesn’t give a biographer cred, nothing does. Masino’s Let There … Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: The Return of Eddie Trunk

He’s the official ambassador of all things rock and metal; articulate, approachable, the author of not one but two sources of required reading in the form of Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Vol. I & II. Jamie Blaine catches up with Trunk on the eve of his return to VH1 for the 14th season of That Metal Show, dishing on Axl & Slash, Def Leppard, reunions, and who, but who, is gonna fill the shoes of the rock and metal giants who still walk among us? Continue reading

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Metallica Rock City: A Conversation with “Into the Black” Authors Paul Brannigan & Ian Winwood

Metallica have plowed their way to the top, selling over 100 million records worldwide and becoming quite possibly the most successful heavy metal band of all time. Or have they? Monday Metallica Rock City talks the rise, fall and return of East Bay’s finest with the authors of the comprehensive two volume biography, Birth, School, Metallica, Death and Into the Black. (Da Capo Press) Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Marky Ramone

J.M. Blaine sits down with Marky Ramone, the sole surviving member of seminal punk avatars The Ramones, to chat about Marky’s harrowing but heartwarming memoir, a rock odyssey detailing a legendarily dysfunctional quartet that included an addict, a hardcore Republican, and an OCD sufferer, all of whom, with Marky, forever altered the course of pop music, and all of whom loved Cracker Barrel. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Scott Ian of Anthrax

Anthrax frontman and rock memoirist Scott Ian is definitely The Man, and he’s got The Stories. In advance of his rock and roll tell-all, still-going-strong Scott opens up to our own J.M. Blaine about time spent with Run DMC, Metallica, Public Enemy, and KISS, among others. Continue reading

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Rock & Roll Coffee: A Conversation with Anson Williams

SECOND GRADE. Every day after school I watch Happy Days reruns with my neighbor, Steffie Dougal. “Fonz is the coolest,” I tell her. “Not even,” she replies. “Fonzie’s always bragging and trying to act tough.” “Pff,” I scoff. “Who’s cooler … Continue reading

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