Jay Bergen Talks About Defending John Lennon Against The Mob

Posted June 2022

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Like you, I’ve heard more than my fair share of attorney jokes. However, let me assure you that retired attorney, Jay Bergen, and the story he tells is no joke.

Not in the slightest.

Jay was involved in the landmark case, Big Seven Music Corp. vs. John Lennon, back in 1977. Big Seven was a company owned by Marvin Levy, a record company exec who was long reported to be connected to organized crime. He sued Lennon and others for damages.

Why?

You can find out by purchasing Jay’s book, “Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer.” Jay goes into incredibly interesting detail about the facts and backstories surrounding the case. As luck would have it, I was given an advance copy of the book and the opportunity to interview Jay about the case and the book. Both the book and my interview with Jay are fascinating and worth your investment of time.

The interview is to the right. Below is the press release regarding the book. To order your copy, click on the book cover. Also, you can follow the latest with Jay at his website (here), as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Press Release

John Lennon’s lawyer takes you
inside the courtroom and behind the scenes
at Lennon’s epic lawsuit vs a notorious mobster/music mogul

Screen Shot 2022 05 22 at 9.06.06 PMClick Above To Order Your Co[yLENNON, THE MOBSTER & THE LAWYER
The Untold Story
By Jay Bergen

Lawyer Jay Bergen had a long successful career, but the highlight was the case he handled for the most famous member of the most famous band in the world, The Beatles.

While John Lennon began to settle into private life in 1975, he fought an epic legal battle that flew under the radar. The notorious Mafia-connected owner of Roulette Records, Morris Levy, released Roots, a bootleg version of a rock ’n’ roll oldies album John had been producing. Levy claimed the former Beatle had verbally agreed to market Roots via TV. Capital Records' quick release of John Lennon Rock ’n’ Roll, the official album, resulted in two Levy lawsuits against John—and John’s counterclaims against Levy. The attempted shakedown led to a high-stakes battle in US District Court where Jay Bergen, partner in a prestigious NYC law firm, represented Lennon over the rights to his own recording. Millions of dollars were on the line.

Jay’s memoir/portrait Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer - The Untold Story (Devault Graves Books; May 1, 2022; U.S. $28.95; Softcover) tells the story of the battle against Levy’s misbegotten scheme to get his hooks into Lennon. John’s own words, from the trial transcript, are illuminating and Jay recounts strategy sessions where they worked closely to map out his testimony: How John explained his recording process in poetic, exacting terms for a judge who knew little about The Beatles; John’s recording studio expertise; the finalization of the Rock ‘n’ Roll album; why he chose to do an album of ’50s rock songs he didn’t write; and the damage John suffered as a result of the unfinished cheesy Roots album. The resulting testimony reveals remarkable insights into the creative process of an acknowledged genius of rock music.

With entertaining stories, deep insights into the 1970s rock and roll world, and a cast of characters that includes the late Phil Spector, Yoko Ono, Elton John, May Pang, Jimmy Iovine, the late Jesse Ed Davis, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner, Ed Mottau, Ken Ascher, and Rolling Stone’s Dave Marsh, the pages detail an as-yet untold chapter in John Lennon’s life – a court case he had planned to one day tell about in song.

“An unlikely but true, riveting story of how John Lennon had to take the witness stand and explain how his records were made. Why? To get out of a sleazy mob scam. He won the high-stakes case with the advice and growing friendship of his lawyer, who did not have long hair and who wore a tie.
HBO, where are you?”
—Michael Lindsay-Hogg, TV Film Theatre Music Video Director

“Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer - The Untold Story reveals the
John Lennon I knew as he describes his artistic process and shows his keen
sense of humor. Jay tells many stories of his interactions with John and
what he was like as a person, capturing how much fun it was to be with
John Lennon and Yoko Ono.”
—Bob Gruen, legendary rock and roll photographer, from the book’s Foreword

“John Lennon testified of course….I certainly grew to respect [him]
and the witnesses he called to show the quality of the kinds of things [he
and The Beatles] did in producing what they produced. It was a
very impressive case.”
—Hon. Thomas P. Griesa, US District Court, Southern District of New York 1974-2017

About the Book
TITLE: Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer
AUTHOR: Jay Bergen
PUBLISHER: Devault Graves Books
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2022. Distributed by Ingram
PRICE: $28.95 trade paperback ($9.99 eBook)
PAGES: 324 pp.
ISBNs: 978-1-942531-42-5 (print edition) 978-1-942531-43-2 (eBook)
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CONTROL NUMBER: 20021953348

OTHER LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NUMBERS: PR 6062 E6 L 2021 and 782.4216609 Be

Sass Jordan Is Still Alive And Well And Talks About Her New Album And Taylor Hawkins

Posted May 2022

89251183 10157228715066219 6907720275819757568 nSass Jordan. Everytime I say her name, her rich and gritty blues voice comes immediately to mind via a myriad of songs from the nine albums over her storied career. Strike that. Make that ten albums thanks to her new release, Bitches Blues.

You may think that you haven't ever heard her before but I'll betcha a dollar to a donut (I love donuts) that you HAVE heard her. If you remember the hits that came from the soundtrack of the hit movie, The Bodyguard, then you may remember hearing the duet from the movie's soundtrack that Sass sang with Joe Cocker titled, Trust In Me.  That soundtrack went on to sell over forty-five million copies world wide.

I recently called Sass at her home outside of Toronto, Canada. After catching up with each other, we chatted about her new album and her plans going forward.

Please give this audio interview your attention. After listening to it, please share it with your friends and order your own copy of Bitches Blues. You can do so by clicking on the album cover further down this page beneath the interview. You can also keep up with Sass on her website, SassJordan.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Sass Jordan

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BitchesBluesClick Above To Order Your CopyExamining the visceral emotional territory of a pandemic and the world’s reeling in its rolling aftermath, multi-Platinum-selling and award-winning artist Sass Jordan readies herself to rock the blues once again with the announcement of her new album, Bitches Blues — available June 3rd via Stony Plain Records.

Following rave reviews of her 2020 all-blues offering, Rebel Moon Blues, the Billboard Best Female Rock Vocalist winner mines even more of her expansive talent in the genre to deliver eight new tracks — including originals “Change Is Coming,” “Still The World Goes Round” and
more.

A pioneer of powerful, gritty female-fronted rock, Sass Jordan has worked alongside fellow greats like Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Van Halen, among many more. Born in Britain and raised in Montreal, she launched her solo career with the single, “Tell Somebody,” from her 1988 debut of the same name, garnering national acclaim and Canada’s JUNO Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist. Throughout her career, she’s earned three more nominations for Best Female Vocalist thanks to albums like Racine (1992), Rats (1994), Present (1997), Hot Gossip (2000), Get What You Give (2006), From Dusk Til Dawn (2009) and her side project S.U.N.’;s album, Something Unto Nothing (2011) — along with singles like “Make You A Believer,” “You Don’t Have to Remind Me,” “Sun’s Gonna Rise” and 1992’s “Trust in Me,” a duet with Joe Cocker from the record-selling Bodyguard soundtrack.

Jordan starred in the off-Broadway Janis Joplin show, “Love Janis,” performed “The Vagina Monologues” in Winnipeg and Toronto, toured the world with “A Bowie Celebration,” guest-starred on NBC-TV’s “Sisters,” weighed in as the only female judge on “Canadian Idol” for all six seasons beginning in 2003, and branded her own line of wine, Kick Ass Sass Wine.

In 2017, she released Racine Revisited, recreating her sophomore album with an all-star cast for its 25th anniversary, and celebrated the same milestone for Rats in 2020 with a colored-vinyl reissue. With Bitches Blues, Sass returns to a genre that’s long been ingrained in her grasp since the start. “There’s been an undercurrent of blues throughout my whole career - the music that I have mostly been drawn to has always had that gritty, rootsy vein running through it, and that’s why I’m enjoying making these records so much.”

As such, anticipate piercingly fierce guitar licks and defiantly driving tempos alongside Sass’ soulful signature rasp and the full backing of a glorious assortment of rambling road dogs, the Champagne Hookers — guitarists Chris Caddell and Jimmy Reid, drummer Cass Pereira,
keyboardist Jesse O’Brien and Steve Marriner on bass and harmonica. Bitches Blues is available June 3 via Stony Plain Records.

Bitches Blues -Tracklisting
“Still Alive and Well”
“Chevrolet”
“Even”
“Still The World Goes Round”
“You Gotta Move”
“Sailin’ Shoes”
“Ain’t No Big Deal On You”
“Change Is Coming”

TOUR DATES
04 JUN 2022 WEERT, NDL BOSUIL
06 JUN 2022 RAALTE, NDL RIBS & BLUES FEST
08 JUN 2022 HOORN, NDL MANIFESTO
09 JUN 2022 BREDA, NDL MEZZ
10 JUN 2022 AMSTELVEEN, NDL P60
11 JUN 2022 DRACHTEN, NDL IDUNA
12 JUN 2022 ARNHEM, NDL LUXOR LIVE
22 JUN 2022 ST. JOHN'S, NF ICEBERG ALLEY
21 OCT 2022 ANCASTER, ON ANCASTER MEMORIAL ARTS CENTRE
22 OCT 2022 BUFFALO, NY SHOWPLACE THEATRE

Roxy Ryan Shares Stories From In The Trenches and His System-12 Method

Posted May 2022

RyanRoxie orange croppedI first heard Ryan Roxie’s work on Alice Cooper’s “Fist Full of Alice” – in my opinion, Alice’s best live album. Prior to joining Cooper, Roxie was in his own bands Candy and Electric Angels.

Ryan has been with Alice off and on over the years since. In addition to being part of Cooper’s triple-threat guitar arsenal, Roxie was a part of Slash’s Snakepit, records his own music, collaborates with other great musicians, he offers a remarkable online instructional guitar program, “Ryan Roxie’s System-12 Guitar Method,” as well as an engaging podcast called, “In The Trenches.” That podcast is absolutely amazing! He interviews many big names in music but also chats with people in other areas of interest. Each episode is interesting, intriguing, engaging, and sometimes even funny. You'll definitely want to check it out.

Please give this interview a close viewing. Afterward, please share it with your friends. You can follow Ryan at his website, RyanRoxie.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Also check out the demo of his "Ryan Roxie's System-12 Guitar Method." If you like it, buy it.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Ryan Roxie

Chuck Wright Talks About His Sheltering Sky

Posted May 2022

 

chuck wright vert 1Boomerocity followers already know Quiet Riot has been promoted here a time or two including published interviews (here and here) and a third interview that was never published (Stick around. It may yet happen.). So, to say I’m a Quiet Riot fan would not be an overstatement.

Chuck Wright was the band’s bassist off and on but particularly on their iconic album, Metal Health, which gave us the title song as a hit as well as “Cum On Feel The Noize.” Chuck was the bassist on the title song as well as on “Don’t Want To Let You Go.”

Naturally, when I was given the opportunity to chat with Chuck about his debut solo album, “Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky,” I jumped at the chance. The album isn’t what I expected but don’t take that negatively. The album is friggin’ amazing! You will really want to check it out and add it to your personal listening library.

You can keep up with Chuck on his Facebook page. You can order “Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky” wherever you purchase your music and I encourage you to do so.

Watch. Enjoy. Share.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Chuck Wright

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ShelteringSkyCoverClick Above To Order Your CopyChuck Wright is proud and excited to release his debut solo album, Sheltering Sky, on Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records, on May 20. The album features guest appearances by several of Wright’s musical peers including keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater/Billy Idol), guitarist Lanny Cordola (House of Lords), vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen), Troy Luccketta (Tesla) and the late Mr. Big drummer, Pat Torpey.

The album’s 11 tracks also illustrate Wright’s impressive songwriting ability as he either wrote or co-wrote all nine original songs on the album. Also included is an edgy, intense version of Bjork’s “Army of Me” along with a soulful, Celtic rock take on The Youngbloods’ classic, “Darkness, Darkness.” Chuck also produced and engineered most of the album.

Sheltering Sky exhibits a diversity and breadth of musical styles that embraces facets of Wright’s hard rock legacy while also delving into a more varied side of Chuck’s musical vision with well-written songs that feature ethereal guitar work, tasteful, soulful 70s era influences, Prog, Jazz Fusion and even a bit of heavy funk. Besides his usual outstanding bass work as performed on a variety of different bass instruments, Wright also contributes on keys and acoustic guitar on several tracks.

The new single from Sheltering Sky is Throwin’ Stones, a fierce and passionate call for the end of armed conflict, a call which couldn’t be more perfectly timed for today’s world. It features a heavy funk groove that emphasizes Wright’s powerhouse playing and the various playing techniques for which he is known.

Please let me know if interested in an interview with Chuck. He is an articulate, engaging guy who is excited to share with you his thoughts about the new album and, of course, his many amazing stories from a lifetime lived in the music spotlight.

If no interest in an interview, I would appreciate a mention or a review of the album.

Wright is best known as a long-time member of multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot. He originally joined Quiet Riot in 1981, playing bass on the tracks "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" and "Don't Wanna Let You Go," as well as singing background vocals on all tracks from the 1983 multi-platinum album Metal Health, which was the first metal album to ever reach #1 on the Billboard 200 chart (in November 1983).

He performed, toured the world, and recorded with Quiet Riot on-and-off for 26 years…recording nine albums with the band, before departing the band again. As of now, he is no longer a member of Quiet Riot as he concentrates on his solo career and new album.

Wright is featured in the documentary Quiet Riot – Well Now You're Here, directed and produced by Regina Russell. It premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 29, 2014, was seen at the Cannes Film Festival, and has aired on the Showtime Network.

Wright is also a former member of hard rock band Giuffria, which he joined in 1984. Their debut album, Giuffria, peaked at #26 on the Billboard album charts in March 1985. The album spawned two hit singles, "Call to the Heart" (Hot 100 #15) and "Lonely in Love" (Hot 100 #57).

Chuck was also a founding member of hard rock band, House of Lords, for which he recorded four albums, including the band’s self-titled debut album, which reached #78 on The Billboard 200, and was the debut release on Gene Simmons’ label, Simmons Records, in 1988.

His reputation as a sought-after bass player has landed him gigs with Alice Cooper, Slash, Gregg Allman, Carmine Appice, Ronnie Montrose, John Waite, and Pat Travers, amongst others.

Wright has appeared on over 100 worldwide record releases, playing bass, and producing albums of various styles, including ambient trance, reggae, rap, country, and, of course, rock.

He has also been involved in seven film scores, including Kull the Conqueror, where he was joined by Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Over the years, Wright also worked with Bad Moon Rising, Blackthorne, Christian Tolle Project, Doro, Impellitteri, Kuni, MSG, Magdalen, Murderer's Row, Pata, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Adler's Appetite, Love/Hate, Ken Tamplin, and Shane Gibson from Korn.

Wright has headed up Ultimate Jam Night, a long-running live music show since January 2015, at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood. Ultimate Jam Night features up to 60 pro musicians each week.

Joe Bouchard Proves His Way IS the Highway

Posted May 2022

joebouchardsweden2019Co-founder of Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Bouchard, sits with Boomerocity for a second time in as many years to discuss his latest album, American Rocker, and the new single from it, My Way Is The Highway. As with the last discussion with Joe, it's a fun, lighthearted, and informative chat.

Please give this interview your attention. Share it with your friends. Then click on the album cover in the press release beneath the interview and order your copy of American Rocker.

Follow Joe Bouchard on JoeBouchard.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

 

 

The Boomerocity With Joe Bouchard

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Joe Bouchard, Former Member of Blue Oyster Cult, Releases New Single “My Way Is the Highway.” New Album American Rocker Drops June 3 Through Rockheart Records/Deko Entertainment.


71aB61x PEL. SX425 Click Above To Order Your CopyJoe Bouchard is best known as a former member of Blue Öyster Cult. The original lineup sold millions of albums for Columbia Records, with such classic songs as “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and the #1 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart “Burning for You.” Bouchard contributed to songwriting and lead vocals on some of BOC’s greatest songs, such as “Hot Rails to Hell.”

Bouchard releases his first single “My Way Is the Highway” from the forthcoming album American Rocker. The album is due out June 3 through his brother’s (Albert Bouchard) and his imprint Rockheart Records and Deko Entertainment (ADA/Warner Music Group). Bouchard had this to say about it, “The song ‘My Way Is the Highway’ is a dream of tour destinations while cruising down the coast as the sun sinks into the Pacific Ocean. It is powered by the drums of Mickey Curry, and cementing the groove is brother Albert on his iconic cowbell--the original “more-cowbell man”! This song makes you want to put the pedal to the metal while you dance to the rocking music of the 70s.”

Deko Entertainment president, Bruce Pucciarello, states, “The song ‘My Way Is the Highway’ teases my imagination. It conjures up images of times and places that feel like the essence of rock and roll to me.”

The new album American Rocker sees the return of Mickey Curry (Bryan Adams, Hall and Oates, Alice Cooper) on drums, and sees Bouchard taking a look back at the heyday of the 70’s with BÖC on tracks like “In the Golden Age,” and “Rocket to Fame.” Joe Bouchard will be joining his brother Albert Bouchard for select shows in North America and their first ever Bouchard Brothers UK Tour this summer.

UK Tour
August 9th: Hard Rock Café (Glasgow)
August 10th: Edninburgh (Bannermans)
August 11th: Blackpool (Waterloo)
August 12th: London (Underworld) w/Angel
August 14th: Nuneaton (Queen’s Hall)
August 15th: Hull (Wrecking Ball)
August 17th: Newcastle (Trillians) w/Angel
August 18th: Stoke (Eleven)