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Becoming Almost Famous: My Back Pages in Music, Writing, and Life
Becoming Almost Famous: My Back Pages in Music, Writing, and Life
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BOOK DETAILS

  • Paperback
  • May.01.2006
  • 9780879308803
  • Backbeat Books

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This collection of favorite articles from Ben Fong-Torres features a slew of entertaining and informative music and pop-culture pieces on topics including Paul McCartney, groupies of the 1980s, Al Green, the Summer of Love, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Cheech and Chong, Lou Reed, and Steve Martin. The book also features personal essays about what it was like for Fong-Torres to grow up Asian-American and his interest in radio broadcasting. Through insightful introductions for every article, Fong-Torres offers a backstage view of the writing and editing process, from getting an assignment and developing an idea to an article’s completion in printed form.
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This collection of favorite articles from Ben Fong-Torres features a slew of entertaining and informative music and pop-culture pieces on topics including Paul McCartney, groupies of the 1980s, Al Green, the Summer of Love, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Cheech and Chong, Lou Reed, and Steve Martin. The book also features personal essays about what it was like for Fong-Torres to grow up Asian-American and his interest in radio broadcasting. Through insightful introductions for every article, Fong-Torres offers a backstage view of the writing and editing process, from getting an assignment and developing an idea to an article’s completion in printed form.

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About Ben

Ben Fong-Torres was born in Alameda, California, in 1945, and raised in Oakland’s Chinatown, where his parents owned a restaurant. Due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, Fong-Torres’ father, Ricardo Fong-Torres (born Fong Kwok Seung), changed his surname to Torres and posed as a...

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Dec.13.2007

In 1968, Ben Fong-Torres … talked his way into an assignment from fledgling local magazine, Rolling Stone, which was in the process of more or less inventing rock journalism. His snippet on Dick...