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Ben Fong-Torres's Reviews

Reviews of Ben’s Work

Grateful Dead Scrapbook.jpg
Oct.27.2009
Published by Milwaukee Express
The handsomely designed, slip covered coffee table book is filled with band photos from the early days through the end, along with psychedelic poster art. The text by longtime...
Grateful Dead Scrapbook.jpg
Oct.18.2009
Published by San Francisco Chronicle
A great gift idea for fans of the band, it compiles previously unpublished photos, promotion flyers and fan letters with commentary from one of America's foremost rock journalists...
The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio
Jan.23.1999
Published by KRT News Wire
Ben Fong-Torres tells how (Omaha radio station owner) Todd Storz and his program director, Bill Stewart, noticed how patrons at a bar kept playing the same few songs on the...
The Doors
Nov.19.2006
Published by San Francisco Chronicle
Veteran rock writer Ben Fong-Torres elicits fresh, personal anecdotes from the pre-Doors days and beyond -- who knew that John Densmore marched in the Rose Parade with his high...
Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons
Dec.08.2002
Published by New York Times
Re: Gram Parsons: All this is quite a résumé for someone who didn't even live as long as Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison. Parsons died from taking too much morphine and...
Feb.06.2000
Published by San Francisco Chronicle
In 1968, Ben Fong-Torres … talked his way into an assignment from fledgling local magazine, Rolling Stone, which was in the process of more or less inventing rock journalism. His...
Feb.10.1991
Published by The New York Times
At the age of 30, with $800 borrowed from his parents, [Berry] Gordy started Hitsville, USA. The company was soon renamed Motown; [Smokey] Robinson’s group was renamed the...