Once A Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary

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I was 29 years old, living in my parents’ basement and working at my father’s stereo shop. That’s when the phone rang.... A week later I was suddenly the lead singer of a famous hard rock band, touring America and preparing to cut an album for a major label. 

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry needed a new singer for his Joe Perry Project and I got drafted. For me it was like winning the lottery. Much better though, because lotteries only pay cash. For the next two years I would be experiencing things in life that money just can’t buy. Living on the road with the swaggering rock star, playing adventurous, unbridled hard rock at famed venues to big crowds. Singing and signing autographs, finding romance, and partying with my idols. Just like that, I was on top but...since quitting Aerosmith, Joe Perry was bottoming out. Health failing, marriage falling apart, and deeply in debt. 

In order to stay one foot ahead of the tallyman, Joe jumped into a van and hit the road, taking me and a few other newbies along on a mad dash across the USA and beyond. Taking any gig he could get.

On the road with The Joe Perry Project in the big '80s. The untold story is unveiled in amazing detail. Captivating, riotously funny, frighteningly frank, exhilarating, and at times deeply moving.

The audiobook includes everything from the original “diary” plus bonus untold stories and a whole new final chapter.

With added commentary from radio personality and author Carter Alan.

And surprise visits from Joe Perry Project members Danny Hargrove and Charlie Farren.

©2019 Mark N Bell (P)2020 Mark N Bell

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Incredible Book!

You know, going into this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I was originally not a huge fan of Once a Rocker as an album because I was such a fan of Ralph and Charlie’s work. It took me a lot longer to get into as it was so different from the first 2 project records. Moreover, I still read this book with high expectations from what I had heard from other project fans, and I was not disappointed. This book puts you right in each scene with the Project. Earthquake does a great job setting up each scene and Cowboy does an amazing job narrating. His voice is nowhere near boring and it was so nice listening to the audiobook having already read the book once. Hearing Cowboy’s voice brought new life to the book and it has made the reading experience a lot better considering that I’m a pretty slow reader as it is. Because of this book, I found a whole new respect for Once a Rocker as an album and it is now easily my favorite of the 3 project records. I couldn’t put this book down and now I can’t stop listening to Once a Rocker. I highly recommend any Project fan, Aerosmith fan, Joe Perry fan, or rock and roll fan in general to read this book. It is absolutely worth your time.

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Absolutely fantastic! Bravo Cowboy Mach Bell!

Incredible access to what it was like to join a rock band in the early 80's, with one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. Cowboy Mach brings us from start to finish with lots more on either side and in between. But it doesn't stop there with very cool insight from special guests who were there during those times. You don't get this from most books. I couldn't wait to start up my listening each day I could commit the time. Brilliant, self deprecating, honest and unfiltered. Lots of information on the band and the New England/U.S./ Canada rock scene that I wasn't aware of. NEVER boring. Can't recommend enough.

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A fix for those missing live music!

Loved this book. Really been missing the live music scene lately and this book was just what I needed. Interesting to hear Mach's perspective and all the crazy experiences.

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A great window into the way rock used to be

A really insightful story of a rock band in the early 80s who was still doing businesses the old fashioned way-, on the road and working across America one town at a time. Music really isn't done this way anymore, so it's important to archive and keep these stories. This story is told with wit, heart, and honesty. I really enjoyed the audio version with Mach's trade"mach" Boston accent and the extra material included. It also really is a story of life and how life can lift you up when you're down but also can bring you back when you're flying high. I didn't know that I needed this book in my life, but it entertained, informed, and moved me and that's all you can ask from a good story. Thanks for this book, Cowboy.

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  • Frank D
  • 09-26-20

A must for Aerosmith and Joe Perry fans!

An audiobook that brings a great story to life. It tells the story of the 2 years before Joe Perry rejoined Aerosmith in 1984, by the Joe Perry Project singer Cowboy Mach Bell. It tells of the highs and lows of playing live, writing with and recording an album with Joe 'Effin' Perry. Where it goes above and beyond the regular book is the way it's voiced in multiple characters AND that there's a few extra hours of bonus content including a new final chapter and reminisces from JPP members Charlie Farren and Danny Hargrove.