Released: 2011, Voyageur Press
There are a couple of series of publications that I have really been enjoying these past couple of years. Backbeats FAQ series (Sabbath, Led Zep and Kiss) and the ‘Illustrated History” series by Voyageur Press featuring Iron Maiden, AC/DC and of course Aerosmith. The book follows the same layout and design as the other books in the series, but if you are not familiar, author Richard Bienstock writes each chapter. Each chapter is designated to an era that approximates to an album and a guest writer reviews each studio album. The oversized hardcover comes with a clear dust-jacket with an old Aerosmith logo with a micro-thin protective layer that you can peel off. I keep mine on to protect the clear glossy cover from scuffs. The book is 223 pages long and has hundreds and hundreds of full-colour images. The photos range from the bands very first publicity photo in 1972 to live shots taken as recently as 2010.
AEROSMITH: THE ULTIMATE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE BOSTON BAD BOYS is absolutely loaded with interesting bits and pieces of trivia and images. Ticket stubs, patches, flyers, laminates/backstage passes, t-shirts, posters and of course tons of photos of the band over the decades. There are some extras as well, a discography, some interviews an foreword and afterword.
It’s fun to look at the morphing of the bands wild stage attire over the years, Tyler still looking like the skinny tatterdemalion he always has. The author keeps it pretty clean, not going too much into the ugly side of the various fights, divorces, drugs, preferring a standard telling of the bands biography. If you want more detail grab one of the many biographies or autobiographies by the various members. It’s cool to see some rare singles, pictures of 8-tracks, import pressing with alternate covers, there are many interesting photos for the fans here. Voyageur (and Bienstock) have come up with another great coffee-table book, well-done, interesting a good to look at. Not much more to say and the Aerosmith train keeps a rollin’…