Two quick items about our forthcoming (September) book about the Fleshtones:
1. The book has a pretty cool myspace page. You should make friends with it, if you’re of the myspace inclination.
2. A great pre-publication review from the estimable Library Journal:
Imagine the myth of Sisyphus recast as a garage band—and a good one—and you have the story of the Fleshtones. One of the latter-day CBGBs bands, championed by REM and critically adored for their explosive concerts, the ‘Tones shoulda been contenders. But what happened? First-time author (and fan) Bonomo tells their cursed story with religious fervor and a near-lyrical quality to his prose. Bonomo expands on a history that would otherwise be summed up by a pithy entry in All Music Guide over a sprawling 400 pages, packed with new interviews and anecdotes. In cataloging a decadeslong litany of indignities and misfortunes that did little to deter the Fleshtones’ passion, the book raises deeper questions about what making it in music means. Does the distinction of being the only CBGBs-era band to keep going without an inactive year count for anything? Consider this the mad-eyed older brother of James Greer’s biography of the indie-rock band Guided by Voices or Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life. This is the secret history that even NYC punk histories like Please Kill Me couldn’t handle.