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

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This volume collects many of the best articles from veteran Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres. While many will recognize Ben as he was portrayed in Cameron Crowe's hit film Almost Famous, his thoughtful and engaging stories have been providing a backstage view for over 30 years. This book features a slew of entertaining and informative music and pop-culture pieces, as w ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Backbeat Books
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Slaa!!!
Jan 15, 2011 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
Ramesh
Feb 11, 2012 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.
Andrea
Jul 15, 2012 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".
Angela Natividad
Jan 20, 2016 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.
Butch
Aug 28, 2007 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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