House of Blues

A Backstage Pass to the Artists, Music & Legends

Written By: Daniel Siwek, Dan Aykroyd, Ron Bension
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the House of Blues is an institution in music history. Since opening its doors in 1992 in a converted historical house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it has been home to live music, original folk art, and delta-inspired cuisine. The concert and restaurant chain grew out of a founding ideal to introduce the world to the music of the rural south, including the blues, rhythm and blues, gospel, jazz, and roots-based rock and roll. Today, House of Blues boasts thirteen unique venues across the country. Countless famous musicians have performed on those stages, from the Blues Brothers, Bootsy Collins, Al Green, and Eric Clapton, to Lenny Kravitz, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg. Concertgoers, music fans, and pop culture junkies alike will dig this illustrated account of the story behind the music.

Chapters explore the venues, musicians, performances, and food, providing readers with a backstage pass to everything House of Blues. Personal interviews with company founders and famous musicians tell the story, revealing behind-the-scenes details and outrageous party anecdotes. Vivid photography showcases iconic performers on stage as well as in private moments in dressing rooms. Tucked among the pages are concert memorabilia, including special reproductions of tickets, posters, and menus.
Format: PLC
Publication Date: 10/22/2013
ISBN: 9781608872534
Pages: 192
Trim Size: 9.25 x 12

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Daniel Siwek, Author: Daniel Siwek loves rock and roll. From his favorite venue, the House of Blues, to the Whisky A Go-Go, Daniel loves covering musicians and shows for outlets like Music Connection and the Village Voice Media. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Dan Aykroyd, Contributor: Dan Aykroyd is a Blues Brother, a Ghostbuster, a Conehead, a Grammy and Oscar nominee, in addition to being awarded an Emmy for writing on SNL. He was also vested with the Order of Canada, awarded to prominent Canadians. He co-wrote some of the biggest box office hits in history: The Blues BrothersGhostbustersGhostbusters IIConeheadsDragnet, and Spies Like Us. He also launched the award-winning Crystal Head Vodka in 2005.

Ron Bension, Contributor: Ron Bension is Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation's House of Blues, Clubs and Theaters, the largest collection of live entertainment clubs and theaters in the world. His goal is to have “our legendary properties serve as a home for emerging artists and the place major stars want to get as close as possible to their audiences.” Ron resides in Pasadena, California.