In Cold Sweat: Interviews With Really Scary Musicians BOOK review [Tom Wictor]



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In Cold Sweat: Interviews With Really Scary Musicians BOOK review [Tom Wictor]
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Aug 1, 2000, 00:30

IN COLD SWEAT: INTERVIEWS WITH REALLY SCARY MUSICIANS by Tom Wictor; Limelight Editions, 2000

The secondary title of this book could be “Interviews with bass players.” It consists of four interviews with bass players Gene Simmons, Scott Thunes, Peter Hook, and Jerry Casale that were originally done by the author for Bass Player Magazine. Despite the fact that I had never really listened to any of the bands that these people were in and the fact that whole parts of these interviews focused on playing the bass, I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading this book. Each of the subjects has had an interesting career and decent insights into music and life. But, I think the ultimate reason I liked this book was because of the very interesting circumstances of the interviews themselves. These people are almost impossible to get a hold of, let alone interview. After waiting for hours to interview Peter Hook, the interviewer is told that he has ten minutes to conduct the interview and they do it in the kitchen of the club where Hook is going to play that night. The Gene Simmons interview takes place during some studio sessions and contains some interesting behind-the-scenes info for KISS fans. In Cold Sweat is a fast read, and if you are a fan of any of the many bands that have had the dubious distinction of calling one of these blokes their bass player, do check it out.

-Eric Frost

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