When They Call Out Your Name... Steve Walsh is a pictorial trek through his stellar career with stories from Steve himself, his peers, as well as quotes from radio. The foreword is by famed rock photographer Neal Preston, several of his photos are featured – some never before released. More full color photos from the author, Laurie Larson and other rock photographers.
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The 70’s provided us with many faceless bands. REO Speedwagon, Journey, Foreigner, Kansas and many more. Because we didn’t associate faces with the band, it always came down to the music, and if it moved you. But the real engine was the vocalist. And if you look back at the guys selling the songs to us, the best of the bunch was the guy in Kansas. I could never remember any of their names, well, maybe Steve Perry, but I always loved the guy’s voice singing “Dust In the Wind” and the others. I knew his name was Walsh, because, well, I spent over a decade managing another Walsh…Joe. So then I hear about this book about THAT guy. Steve Walsh. And I read it. Wow, this guy was more than a singer, more than a front guy, more than a keyboard player. He is the real deal. Watching his life soar to upper rock star level, yet staying a humble and down to earth guy, is a story with intrigue, ups, downs and everything in between. I couldn’t put it down. More importantly, I’ll NEVER forget Steve Walsh’s name. He really put a face on one of those faceless bands. – David Spero (Executive at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, manager for Dickey Betts and more. Former clients include Joe Walsh, Michael Stanley, Ian Hunter, Harry Nilsson, Nicky Hopkins, Billy Bob Thornton, Eric Carmen, and more)
I managed to get myself an advance copy of the fabulous new book on Steve Walsh and Kansas from Laurie Larson last week, and I honestly couldn't put it down, I read it all in a day. There is so much great behind the scenes information here, I learned even more than what I knew from various documentaries and such. It really humanizes the band and gives you an insight to the major players that brought all this fabulous music to us. Kansas was one of the first rock bands I listened to as I got into rock back in the late 70's and they really colored my own music composition journey in later years as they revealed what was possible. I highly recommend this book. - Shawn Gordon (President and Founder of ProgRock Records)