Behind The Scenes of Music’s Greatest Stories- Marcello Recommends: On This Date In Music by Mike Walter

On This Date In Music by Michael Walter

I don’t know about you, but I love getting the inside scoop on things.

As a huge fan of the VH1 series, Behind The Music, I knew Mike Walter’s latest book had the potential to be awesome for me and a lot of fellow entertainment history enthusiasts. I’m happy to report that ‘On This Date In Music’ did not disappoint.

I love hearing about someone’s “lucky” break, all the hard work they put in, all the frustrating disappointments they endured, some of the fascinating coincidences they experienced, and a few of the fateful detours they took along their journey.

On This Date In Music is the perfect coffee table book for anyone who gets as excited as I do about music history! Not the boring kind of music history though. (Like, this song was written by so and so and they did well on the charts and they made a lot of money then they drank too much and we never heard from them again). That’s too predictable and usually ALL you hear about. đŸ™‚ Nope! Mike’s diligent and well-rounded research gives you the “beyond the typical headlines” backstory into some of the most famous, and infamous, stories in music history.

For example, most people know that Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ became a pop culture retro-hit after it was featured on The Sopranos. But, now I know why Steve Perry wrote it, how he got the lyrics, and the hilarious poetic licence he took when it came to singing about Detroit.

It’s a REALLY big book (at least for me) so another great thing about OTDIM is that there is a separate story entry for each day of the year. Actually, you can crack open the book and start reading from any date/page of the year. That’s very cool! You can pick it up and read a daily entry if you only have a few minutes to spare on your lunch break or you can do a full week or month at a time when your schedule permits.

Author, Michael Walter (center) with Anthony Vennera (left) and Johnny V (right) at the book launch party for On This Date In Music Photo Credit: Johnny V

The detail and backstories are just as enjoyable as Mike’s written delivery. I felt like I was at a cool restaurant or lounge listening to famous Rock and Roll stars tell anecdotes that only people on their tour bus would know. I love that stuff! And you will, too.

Whether you read one entry a day or bang out a full week at a time, you’ll find that OTDIM is a great way to simultaneously relax, entertain yourself, and discover cool facts about some of your favorite bands and artists.

Bonus: you’ll have some great stories to re-tell the next time you’re out with family and friends or you’ll have a fresh new background perspective when you hear a familiar song on the radio.

Order your copy, here.


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