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

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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 '80s, Al Green, Steve Martin and many more.
Paperback, 249 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Backbeat Books
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Feb 02, 2011 Slaa!!! rated it it was ok
I don't quite know what I thought of this book. Or really I do. I thought it was quite dull. DESPERATELY DULL. This book is primarily a collection of articles written throughout the years, but it seems like all of his most interesting articles had already been published in previous books (he kept referring to them!) and these articles were just THE DREGS. Which is strange, since he spent years at Rolling Stone and other magazines/publications. Was this really the best that was left? A few articl ...more
Angela Natividad
Feb 05, 2016 Angela Natividad rated it it was amazing
A strong anthology of favorite essays if you're into rock 'n' roll, Rolling Stone, writing, or -- better still -- all three.

Fong-Torres paints a realistic picture of what was going on in the background with the editing process, himself and the stars. You also find out what's going on with the hyphen in his name.

Good shit.
Ramesh Kurup
May 10, 2012 Ramesh Kurup rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
This book wasn't nearly what I expected. I was hoping for inside scoop on the artists BFT has covered over the years. Instead, he delivered an education in journalism and media outlets as much as the artists themselves. Some of the stories were interesting, with new angles about some the great acts in rock history. Many of the stories though were mundane details about interviewing artists that just aren't that interesting.
Jul 19, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
After visiting Berkley outside of San Francisco, I discovered that author Ben Fong-Torres had been one of its alumni. Any fan of the film "Almost Famous" and rock and roll should read this book as Fong-Torres describes working with bands and artists while writing for "Rolling Stone" magazine. He also reveals what it was like to be portrayed in Cameron Crowe's film, "Almost Famous".
Aug 28, 2007 Butch added it
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This is a biography of Ben Fong-Torres, a writer for Rolling Stone magazine in it's hey day of the 70's. Some good articles in it and fun pictures with pop stars, but not always that interesting of a read as a book.
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Benjamin Fong-Torres (Fāng Zhènháo) is an American rock journalist, author, and broadcaster best known for his association with Rolling Stone magazine (through 1981) and the San Francisco Chronicle (from around 1982).

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 Filipino citizen in order to emigrate t
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