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‘What You Make It: The Authorized Biography of Doug Pinnick’ Available NOW!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2018
Houston, Tex.

 

What You Make It: The Authorized Biography of Doug Pinnick’
Available NOW!

A comprehensive telling of the Doug (dUg) Pinnick story – from childhood through King’s X and beyond – written with his full cooperation.

‘What You Make It’ was released 10 days ago and reader response has been fantastic and worldwide. Most who have taken the plunge into Doug’s life have been from the US and UK. But readers in Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, and Norway, among others, have also checked in, reflecting the breadth of love for Doug and his main band, King’s X.

Here are just a few of the reactions so far:

“The book provides an intimate look into what shaped [Doug]…it paints a wonderful picture.”
— J. Martin

“OG Nightmare, yo.”
— Wally Farkas

“Wow. Just…wow. Brutally honest, just like the man himself. Wonderfully written. No wonder he authorized it.”
— F. Padilla

“…so many details and fascinating stories…a candid, incredible book.”
— D. Collins

Hard copy and Kindle editions of ‘What You Make It’ are available NOW on Amazon.

King’s X is in great live form this spring, with Doug himself saying “we’ve been having a special time lately.” Find out for yourself:

June 28 The Met; Pawtucket, RI

June 29 Toad’s Place; New Haven, Conn.

June 30 Tupelo Music Hall; Derry, NH

[Watch highlights from King’s X in action at Trees, Dallas, January 2018]

 [Photo: dUg & the Texas Poundation, Trees, April 2015]

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Anthony Bourdain

I was on my way out the door this morning when Cindy called me back upstairs. She wanted to share the news with me. Anthony Bourdain was dead. By suicide. At age 61.

My guts hurt and my eyes filled. Thirty minutes into my commute Soundgarden’s ‘Blow Up The Outside World’ came through the stereo. It was all I could do to not pull over.

I didn’t know Chris Cornell. But I did have the good fortune to spend 2-3 days at a time in his company on a couple of occasions, and if I was forced to use only one word to describe him it would be ‘gentle.’

The word I would have chosen as recently as this morning for Bourdain would have been ‘alive.’ And I just assumed that would always be the case.

I’ll cop to it. In my time as an adult male there has only been one counterpart who I didn’t actually know that I looked at and thought to myself: ‘That’s it! This is the guy. HE is who I want to be.’ I’ve felt that way for more years than I can remember.

Now, like so many others, I sit and wonder.

But the exposure was long enough. His impact on me will last.

[Photo: Four of the five books on my nightstand when I woke up this morning (and for years prior) Out of shot, Vonnegut ‘Breakfast of Champions’.]

‘What You Make It’ Doug Pinnick bio worldwide release June 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2018
Houston, Tex.

 

‘What You Make It: The Authorized Biography of Doug Pinnick’
Worldwide Release, June 8, 00:00 GMT

A comprehensive telling of the Doug (dUg) Pinnick story – from childhood through King’s X and beyond – written with his full cooperation.

 A little more than 30 years after King’s X made its UK debut at the Marquee Club, Soho, London, hard copies of ‘What You Make It: The Authorized Biography of Doug Pinnick’ will be available via Amazon.com at midnight London time, Friday, June 8, 2018.

The UK-centered release time not only pays homage to the historic bond between band and country but makes the book available for order in the US at 6 pm CDT, Thursday, June 7!

Examples of hard rock musicians who’ve appealed to multiple generations are pleasantly frequent. Examples of such musicians who simultaneously straddle the black and white worlds, the gay and straight worlds, and the Christian and secular worlds are much less so.

Doug (dUg) Pinnick—bassist, vocalist, songwriter, frontman, and focal point of King’s X—is that rare musician. His story is equal parts rock n’ roll survival and personal evolution. Sometimes these paths support one another, more often they clash. Their ultimate resolution is not just Doug’s story, or a musician’s story, it is a universally human story.

Telling Doug’s tale requires also telling that of King’s X, and ‘What You Make It’ goes further into the details of this beloved band’s evolution than any work so far.

Those who can’t wait to get their physical copy of ‘What You Make It’ (or just want an e-copy as well) can pre-order NOW for Kindle by clicking here.

(Watch King’s X in action at Camden Electric Ballroom, London, January 2009, as recorded for the band’s ‘Live Love in London’ DVD here.)

 Photo: The late, great Jimmy Bain, King’s X bass tech Kolby McKinney, and dUg; 2002 on tour with Dio and Hammerfall.

https://chrissmithauthor.com/
Chris Smith
4008 Louetta Rd, Suite 115
Spring, TX  77388

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King’s X – ‘It’s Love’ (“Remastered”)

DrTomoculus has cast his remastering ear in King’s X direction, having a go at adjusting the UK 12” vinyl 45 RPM single of ‘It’s Love’ (b/w ‘We Were Born To Be Loved’ and an extended ‘Six Broken Soldiers’).

He describes this effort as a draft version, intended to demonstrate where the songs could be taken. I hear the biggest difference in the vocals.

For the true tech heads out there Tomoculus includes a detailed gear rundown and finished audio file specs.

[I don’t cover third-party remasters in ‘What You Make It: The Authorized Biography of Doug Pinnick,’ but there’s lots of other good stuff in it and you can preorder it NOW for June 8 release!]

 

King’s X ‘Ogre Tones’ tour

Twelve years ago King’s X performed at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Tex., touring in support of ‘Ogre Tones,’ the band’s debut record with InsideOut Music and producer Michael Wagener.

This run started Apr. 4 at State Theater in St. Petersburg, Fla., ran through Canada, and included a stop two nights later (May 28) at The Engine Room in Houston (set list below).

Stay
Mudd
Fly
Dogman
Finished
Screamer
If
Hurricane
Sooner Or Later
A Box
Over My Head
Summerland
Bebop
Freedom
Alone
Visions
Black Flag
We Were Born To Be Loved
Moanjam
Goldilox
Over My Head

Enjoy a performance of ‘Over My Head’ from the Tallahassee, Fla., date that year.

[‘What You Make It: The Authorized Biography of Doug Pinnick’ is available for pre-order NOW…tour stories included!]

 

 

King’s X – ‘Fade’

One day I’ll get older
Then it will be over
Want to live a long life
Like there is no next time

The second song on 1998’s ‘Tape Head.’

Track 1, ‘Groove Machine,’ gets all the attention as a frequent set opener, but that lead off lyric is tough to beat.

[Read about ‘Tape Head’ and all the other King’s X records in ‘What You Make It,’ available for pre-order NOW.]

Ultraphonix – ‘Walk Run Crawl’

George Lynch and Corey Glover are both icons of the rock and metal worlds. And, lucky us, they’ve got new music out. Together! Ultraphonix—a four-piece featuring Lynch, Glover, drummer Chris Moore and bassist Pancho Tomaselli—have released a video for their first song ‘Walk Run Crawl,’ taken from debut album ‘Original Human Music’ out Aug. 3.

You can read more about the band and preorder the album here. The video is below.

This is vital, catchy hard rock, picking up where Lynch left off in KXM (he just keeps getting better) and featuring an inspired and important lyric.

Speaking of KXM, both Lynch and Glover appear multiple times in ‘What You Make It: The Authorized Biography of Doug Pinnick’ available for preorder on Kindle NOW, with hard copies out June 8.

 

Peace and The Chaos

Peace and The Chaos released its second record May 11, celebrating with a show at Rockefellers in Houston sandwiched between The Sonnier Brothers Band and Louisiana Yard Dogs. PATC’s set was a triumph, the crowd singing at full enough throat to be audible onstage during ‘Life’ from the band’s self-titled debut.

For those not familiar, Peace and The Chaos is a Houston/Beaumont blues and soul-based rock band that blends a good-time attitude with stellar musicianship and songs that are both memorable and meaningful.

Blake “Billy Beaumont” Sticker is the guitarist/vocalist/frontman. His affable stage presence belies a guitar approach that is simultaneously frenzied and emotive and a strong, smooth voice as comfortable crooning as belting.

Sticker, drummer Kenneth Q. Turner and bassist Lenwood Sonnier formed Peace and The Chaos more than 4 years ago, woodshedding for a year and half perfecting the material before playing out for the first time. Guitarist Wally Farkas is the band’s newest member, his full-volume 70s classic-rock riffing and full-pimp stage presence gelling perfectly with Sticker.

The band has made videos for three of their best: ‘Enemy’ from the debut and ‘Ms. Jones’ and ‘Remembrance’ from ‘…Black Heart.’ Between the three you’ll get a great feel for what this band is about. I urge you to have a listen.

[Also, you can read about Lenwood and Wally’s adventures with Doug Pinnick in ‘What You Make It,’ available for Kindle pre-order NOW, hard copy released June 8]

Pre-order ‘What You Make It’ NOW!

I am very excited to announce that ‘What You Make It: The Authorized Biography of Doug Pinnick’ is available for pre-order on Kindle NOW with a June 8 release date.

Examples of hard rock musicians who’ve appealed to multiple generations are pleasantly frequent. Examples of such musicians who simultaneously straddle the black and white worlds, the gay and straight worlds, and the Christian and secular worlds are much less so.

Doug (dUg) Pinnick—bassist, vocalist, songwriter, frontman, and focal point of King’s X—is that rare musician. His story is equal parts rock n’ roll survival and personal evolution. Sometimes these paths support one another, more often they clash. Their ultimate resolution is not just Doug’s story, or a musician’s story, it is a universally human story.

Telling Doug’s tale requires also telling that of King’s X, and “What You Make It” goes further into the details of this beloved band’s evolution than any work so far.

PRE-ORDER here now!

 

Note: Pre-order is available for Kindle eBook ONLY. Hard copies will be available for purchase on Amazon.com starting June 8.

 

Power Trip. Inspiration.

As I get ready to release ‘What You Make It’ I’ve been contemplating influences, both old and new.

Among the latter is Power Trip.

They’ve been my favorite band since first seeing them at Fitzgerald’s here in Houston back in 2012. I hadn’t felt a room that charged in a long time. And when Power Trip hit the stage the place went off, danger mixed with the brotherhood of metal. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it out unscarred, but I also didn’t care.

Since then, they’ve done nothing but impress.* Yes, as a live act. And yes, on record. ‘Nightmare Logic’ deserved every accolade it received. It is the rightful benchmark of metal today. But they’ve also remained accessible to their fans (young and old!) at shows and have one of the realest social media presences going. Promotion? Absolutely, but not hype. It’s a conversation. And it’s welcoming. No macho posturing. But also not for the dimwitted, or the troll-minded, or those without a sense of humor.

The way they take care of their business is the way I aspire to take care of mine. I’ve got a long way to go. But, hey…goals, ya know?

At the heart of everything remains the music. And as good as their recordings have been, Power Trip’s forte is the stage.

I’ve attached one of my favorite live recordings of any band, anywhere, ever. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve watch this clip. But I feel another two or three coming on today.

Power Trip is in Europe opening for Trivium and kick off a North American headlining tour next month.

*Full disclosure: I’ve felt weird about this band exactly once, while watching a recording of their performance at last year’s Golden Gods awards. They were fine. But (at least on video) the sound was thin and the overall effect was like seeing a shark at the aquarium versus accidentally pulling the same fish into your boat and not knowing where the fuck your grappling hook went.