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A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT 

THE ENDURING SAGA OF THE SMITHS Tony Fletcher

 

 

 

They were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Hailing from Manchester, England, The Smiths--Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce--were critical and popular favorites throughout their mid-1980s heyday and beyond. To this day, due to their unforgettable songs and lyrics, they are considered one of the greatest British rock groups of all time--up there with the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, and the Clash. 

Tony Fletcher paints a vivid portrait of the fascinating personalities within the group: Morrissey, the witty, literate lead singer whose loner personality and complex lyrics made him an icon for teenagers who felt forlorn and forgotten; his songwriting partner Marr, the gregarious guitarist who became a rock god for a generation of indie kids; and the talented, good-looking rhythm section duo of bassist Rourke and drummer Joyce. Despite the band's tragic breakup at the height of their success, A Light That Never Goes Out is a celebration: the saga of four working-class kids from a northern English city who come together despite contrasting personalities, find a musical bond, inspire a fanatical following, and leave a legacy that changed the music world--and the lives of their fans.

 

 

 

 

ROCKY SPIRIT  -  Felice Cantatore

An inspirational story by long time WLIR staff member Felice Cantatore.

 

"A Masterpiece" - Burt Young

 

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"When Rocky Balboa set a goal to “go the distance” against Apollo Creed, moviegoers everywhere found themselves rooting for the underdog, including author Felice Cantatore, who was just eleven years old when he first saw the film.
“Going the distance” became a metaphor for Cantatore’s own life, and the premise led to an appreciation and fascination with the film franchise. Just like Rocky, he went on to become an underdog fighter in the ring, and was also a ringside extra in the final movie of the series.
Join him as he shares his passion for the Rocky movies, and learn how their message inspired him to pursue and accomplish his goals. The lives of both Cantatore and Rocky Balboa are pure examples of how the Law of Attraction, hard work, and tenacity can lead to success.
You can accomplish anything you want as long as you decide to go for it. Get motivated to pursue your goals, recognize that a champion resides in your heart, and unlock your Rocky Spirit with this true story about the passion, dreams and success of an everyday man."

 

 

FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio - Richard Neer

The early days of WLIR, WNEW, and Progressive Rock Radio.

 

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As a young man, Richard Neer dreamed of landing a job at WNEW in New York–one of the revolutionary FM stations across the country that were changing the face of radio by rejecting strict formatting and letting disc jockeys play whatever they wanted. He felt that when he got there, he’d have made the big time. Little did he know he’d have shaped rock history as well.  Includes the early days of WLIR.

 

 

 

I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir   Mickey Leigh

 

 

When the Ramones recorded their debut album in 1976, it heralded the true birth of punk rock. Fast and frenetic in their leather jackets and torn jeans, the Ramones gave voice to the disaffected youth of the seventies and eighties, influenced countless bands, and inspired the counterculture for decades to come.

 

Born Jeffry Hyman of Queens, New York, Joey Ramone was the quirky, extraordinary lead singer and cofounder of the band. Hiding his face behind signature sunglasses and a mop of dark hair, he helped define punk's early image, and his two-decade-plus tenure as the Ramones' front man made him unforgettable. Told by Joey's brother, Mickey Leigh, I Slept with Joey Ramone provides an intimate look at the turbulent life of one of America's greatest -- and unlikeliest -- music icons.

 

With honesty, humor, and grace, Mickey shares the fascinating, sometimes troubling story of growing up with an emotionally distressed brother who becomes a rock star and the effect it had on their family. He shows how Joey used music to cope with mental illness; embraced the glam