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My Back Pages in Music, Writing, and Life
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Becoming Almost Famous
My Back Pages in Music, Writing, and Life

By Ben Fong-Torres
2006, 249 pages, Paperback.
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Book Description from Back Cover

Becoming Almost Famous collects many of the best articles from veteran Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres. While many will recognize Ben as he was portrayed in Cameron Crowe's hit film Almost Famous, his thoughtful and engaging stories have been providing a backstage view for over 30 years. This book features a slew of entertaining and informative music and pop-culture pieces on topics such as:
PAUL McCARTNEY
GROUPIES OF THE '80s
AL GREEN
THE SUMMER OF LOVE
EMMYLOU HARRIS
FRANK SINATRA
CHEECH AND CHONG
THE GRATEFUL DEAD
LOU REED
THE BAND WITH BOB DYLAN
STEVE MARTIN
. . . AND MORE!

Becoming Almost Famous also includes personal essays about growing up Asian-American and about Ben's interest in radio broadcasting. Through insightful introductions to every article, Fong-Torres offers an inside view of the writing and editing process, from getting an assignment and developing an idea to an article's completion in printed form.

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"I appreciate Ben Fong-Torres for writing about me early in my career for Rolling Stone. And he's still writing about me-my music and my faith-today. Let's stay together!"
-The Rev. Al Green

"These are some of the early Rolling Stone classics. Ben Fong-Torres was out there in the thick of it and brought his stories home with love, wit, and elegance."
-Jann Wenner, Publisher/Editor, Rolling Stone

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Background on Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres joined Rolling Stone magazine as an editor and writer shortly after graduating from San Francisco State University. He has published five books, including Not Fade Away, his first compilation of favorite articles, and Hickory Wind, a biography of Gram Parsons. An Emmy-winning broadcaster, Fong-Torres writes the radio column for the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2000 he was depicted in the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous.

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