Dick Wagner’s Not Only Women Bleed, Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock
Musician, stands tall amongst a proliferation of memoirs about sex, drugs and rock
and roll. Supported by an edgy and ironic wit, first time author Wagner creates rich
visualizations that transport and envelope the reader in place and time. An agile
and intuitive writer, Wagner’s phrasing is both colorful and literate. He delivers
tales of reckless behavior and intimate debauchery with an emotional reverberation
that will resonate with a wide reading audience.
A man whose fans and friends call “The Maestro of Rock,” Wagner shares a lifetime of experience as a songwriter, lead guitarist and producer/arranger with top international performance and recording artists, including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Air Supply, and dozens more.
Early encounters with such legends as Little Richard, Roy Orbison, BB King and Les Paul highlight moments of achievement in personal musical growth. Poignantly recounted stories of youthful days on the road and years of hit recordings, contrast with emotional tales of drug abuse and addiction that led to near fatal health issues. After physical adversity left him disabled and “drying up in the desert,” Wagner finds enlightenment in the intensive care unit and takes the reader on a miraculous journey of courage in overcoming adversity. His return to live performance is an inspirational celebration of packed venues, overjoyed fans and critical media acclaim.
The hands-on, day to day collaboration with his editor, Susan Michelson, struck a rare balance, creating a great read that preserves all that is fresh and different about Wagner’s book. No ghost writing here…no heavy handed “fit-the-mold” editing and rewriting. The result is a hard-driving, heart-driven life scripture, vividly and joyfully conveyed. Wagner’s collection of vignettes takes you on a literary journey that is at once an easy and compelling read— worth your time. Not to be missed.