Rock & Roll Nightmares by Staci Layne Wilson

March 29, 2023
Mercedes M. Yardley & Nadia Robertson: "Rock & Roll Nightmares, Parallel Lines" Authors

Mercedes M. Yardley & Nadia Robertson: "Rock & Roll Nightmares, Parallel Lines" Authors

Mercedes M. Yardley and Nadia Robertson, both of whom wrote short stories for the latest collection in the Rock & Roll Nightmares series, “Parallel Lines,” join Staci on today’s podcast. They discuss the inspiration behind their stories—The Beatles (kind of…) for Mercedes, and Elvis (totally) for...

Alex S. Johnson & J.C. Macek III: "Black Sabbath, Hand of Doom" Literary Tribute

Alex S. Johnson & J.C. Macek III: "Black Sabbath, Hand of Doom" Literary Tribute

Staci has two guests today: Alex S. Johnson and J.C. Maçek III, coeditors of the upcoming short story collection "Hand of Doom: A Literary Tribute to Black Sabbath." The book is part of the Axes of Evil series. The editors, who also write, discuss their backgrounds, which include entertainment and...

Heather J. Bennett: Rock & Roll Romance Novelist, "Helplessly Hoping"

Heather J. Bennett: Rock & Roll Romance Novelist, "Helplessly Hoping"

Author Heather J. Bennett joins Staci today on the "Rock & Roll Nightmares" podcast. As a diehard music fan and an accomplished writer, Heather has uncovered hidden stories of musicians, particularly those from the 1970s Laurel Canyon scene--all fictional, of course (wink). While there are some...

Madeline Bocaro: Author, "In Your Mind, The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono"

Madeline Bocaro: Author, "In Your Mind, The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono"

Staci welcomes Madeline Bocaro, author of the new book, "In Your Mind - The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono," With notable contributions to biographies and documentaries, including works on Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Mick Ronson, she's gone deep into the lives of music legends. Her latest...

Joel Selvin: Author, "Jim Gordon: Drums & Demons"

Joel Selvin: Author, "Jim Gordon: Drums & Demons"

Music journalist and author Joel Selvin joins Staci on today's "Rock & Roll Nightmares" podcast. He wrote the incredible recent release, "Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day." ...But today, they're going to talk about his brand...

Peter Summit: Crashing Wayward Band, Home1969 Vintage Rock Fashion

Peter Summit: Crashing Wayward Band, Home1969 Vintage Rock Fashion

Staci's guest is Peter Summit, the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band Crashing Wayward. Crashing Wayward also consists of Stacey David Blades on lead guitar, on lead and rhythm guitar is David Harris, and rhythm section are bassist Carl Raether and drummer Shon McKee. This is...

Katherine Brannan: "Rock & Roll Nightmares - Parallel Lines" Audiobook Producer

Katherine Brannan: "Rock & Roll Nightmares - Parallel Lines" Audiobook Producer

Katherine Brannan is an audiobook narrator, radio personality for WALL, and she is also a veteran of Air Pirates Radio Theater where she lent her talents as a voice actor, musician, and writer. Katherine is the co-narrator of the most recent Rock & Roll Nightmares anthology of short stories,...

Alexis Bloom and Svetlana Zill: Directors, "Anita Pallenberg: Catching Fire"

Alexis Bloom and Svetlana Zill: Directors, "Anita Pallenberg: Catching Fire"

Staci welcomes the directing team of Alexis Bloom and Svetlana Zill, whose new documentary, CATCHING FIRE: THE STORY OF ANITA PALLENBERG gives the world a vital, nuanced portrait of the charismatic and fierce rock ‘n’ roller, actress, muse, and mother who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s...

Sophia Dilley: Executive Producer, "Billy Preston: That’s The Way God Planned It"

Sophia Dilley: Executive Producer, "Billy Preston: That’s The Way God Planned It"

Sophia Dilley joins Staci on this episode. The music-loving exec who launched "Concord Originals," Concord’s Film and TV division, has produced projects such as the Billie Holiday documentary "Billie," Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, Let the Canary Sing, a...

Tim Jackson: Director, "When Things Go Wrong" Chartbusters Music Documentary

Tim Jackson: Director, "When Things Go Wrong" Chartbusters Music Documentary

Staci chats with Tim Jackson, the drummer of The Chartbusters (the 11th band ever broadcast on MTV in 1981), and whose hit “When Things Go Wrong” is also the name of a documentary film about the frontwoman, Robin Lane. Tim directed the film, and he’s got some interesting stories to tell—including...

Darren Paltrowitz: Author, DLR Book, How David Lee Roth Changed the World

Darren Paltrowitz: Author, DLR Book, How David Lee Roth Changed the World

Staci’s guest is Darren Paltrowitz, an award-winning author, popular podcast host, and private investigator with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Darren’s newest endeavor is DLR Book: How David Lee Roth Changed the World, published by Backbeat Books. Darren dishes on all...

Laurie Kaye: Confessions of a Rock N Roll Name Dropper, My Life Leading Up to John Lennon's Last Interview

Laurie Kaye: Confessions of a Rock N Roll Name Dropper, My Life Leading Up to John Lennon's Last Interview

Staci is joined by Laurie Kaye, the author of a new book called “Confessions of a Rock N Roll Name Dropper: My Life Leading Up to John Lennon's Last Interview.” It’s a fascinating memoir about Laurie’s life in radio and growing up in the music world of L.A. in the late '60s and early...

Timothy Connolly: The Hard-Rockin' Ukulele Hero

Timothy Connolly: The Hard-Rockin' Ukulele Hero

The only and only “Ukulele Hero” Timothy Connolly joins Staci on this episode of the Rock & Roll Nightmares podcast. Timothy has a repertoire of a thousand songs, covering a wide range of music from The Beach Boys to The Clash. He believes that we are all embodiments of music, with our very...

Renee S. DeCamillis: Horror Author & Metal Musician

Renee S. DeCamillis: Horror Author & Metal Musician

Staci’s guest is Renee S. DeCamillis, a talented author whose latest metal-infused short horror story is in the "Dethfest Confessions" anthology, an intriguing collection set against the backdrop of a grim and bloody event at a fictional music festival. Renee is also the lyricist, singer, and...

Stephen B. Armstrong: Author, of "The Ramones & Rock 'N Roll High School" Book

Stephen B. Armstrong: Author, of "The Ramones & Rock 'N Roll High School" Book

Author Stephen B. Armstrong joins Staci to talk about his new book, "I Want You Around: The Ramones and the Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School". He delves into his research process, interviewing the film’s star PJ Soles, and discusses how things might have been different in cult film history if a...

Josh Malerman: Author, Birdbox & Musician, The High Strung

Josh Malerman: Author, Birdbox & Musician, The High Strung

Staci’s guest on this episode of the Rock & Roll Nightmares podcast is Josh Malerman, the bestselling, award-winning author of Birdbox, Malorie, and the upcoming Incidents Around the House. He’s also in the long-running rock band, The High Strung, whose song The Luck You Got can be heard as the...

Eva Hassman: Filmmaker, "Willie & Me" on Willie Nelson, Peter Bogdanovich & More

Eva Hassman: Filmmaker, "Willie & Me" on Willie Nelson, Peter Bogdanovich & More

Eva Hassman, writer, director, producer, and star of the new feature film "Willie and Me", joins Staci to talk about her long journey from script to screen. It’s about one woman’s determination to see Willie Nelson’s Farewell Concert in Las Vegas—the film co-stars Willie Nelson himself, the late...

Pamela Des Barres: the Bestselling Author & Raconteur on Writing & Rockin'

Pamela Des Barres: the Bestselling Author & Raconteur on Writing & Rockin'

Pamela Des Barres—proud rock and roll groupie, accomplished writer, musician, and raconteur—joins Staci on this episode of the Rock & Roll Nightmares podcast. She of course talks about her bestselling memoir, I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, which details her experiences in the...

Adam Steiner: Author, Darker With the Dawn: Nick Cave’s Songs Of Love And Death

Adam Steiner: Author, Darker With the Dawn: Nick Cave’s Songs Of Love And Death

Staci takes a deep dive into everything Nick Cave with Adam Steiner, the author of an exhaustively researched and beautifully written new book, “Darker With the Dawn: Nick Cave’s Songs Of Love And Death.” The tome examines all of the dark troubadour’s music, but especially focuses on Skeleton Tree...

Rob Ruckus: The Vermin Band, Punk Rock Museum, and Bad Ink

Rob Ruckus: The Vermin Band, Punk Rock Museum, and Bad Ink

Rob Ruckus joins Staci on the Rock & Roll Nightmares podcast to talk about Las Vegas’s Punk Rock Museum. Ruckus is a fixture on the music scene who’s done everything from cohost a TV show (Bad Ink) to create a line of clothing (Hardcore Las Vegas), run events and tours at the PRM, and, of course,...

Jim Berkenstadt: Author, “Mysteries in the Music, Case Closed”

Jim Berkenstadt: Author, “Mysteries in the Music, Case Closed”

Jim Berkenstadt is the author of “Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed” and “The Beatle Who Vanished.” He’s known as the Rock & Roll Detective and he joins Staci to talk about everything Beatles (he acts as an archivist for the George Harrison Estate), including a fascinating story about a rare,...

Freddie Katz: From Hell’s Kitchen to Center Stage

Freddie Katz: From Hell’s Kitchen to Center Stage

Staci’s guest is Freddie Katz, an NYC-based guitarist, songwriter, producer, and engineer—to name just a few of the things he does in the world of music. He’s been immersed in the punk music scene his whole life, and he’s seen it all from Max’s Kansas City’s heyday to working with new and emerging...

Gina Katon: Little Miss Nasty

Gina Katon: Little Miss Nasty

Gina Katon (the “t” is silent, btw) is the founder of Little Miss Nasty, a heavy-metal all-female dance troupe that’s raising eyebrows in L.A., Las Vegas, and New York City (and everywhere else they tour!). Staci and Gina chat about shock rock, stage diving, bands from Paleface to Pantera, Little...

Audrey J. Golden: Author, I Thought I Heard You Speak (Women at Factory Records)

Audrey J. Golden: Author, I Thought I Heard You Speak (Women at Factory Records)

Staci chats with arts and culture writer Audrey J. Golden. Audrey has a new, unprecedented oral history book out called I Thought I Heard You Speak: Women at Factory Records. She is also the station manager of Louder Than War Radio, where she's also a DJ and presents the weekly show ‘Breaking...

Denny Tedesco: Director of the Music Documentary, Immediate Family

Denny Tedesco: Director of the Music Documentary, Immediate Family

Staci talks with The Wrecking Crew director Denny Tedesco about his much-anticipated music doc, Immediate Family—the “immediate family” of the film are seasoned session musicians Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel and Danny Kortchmar. The film highlights their essential work on some of the...

Janiss Garza: Co-Author, "Lemmy: White Line Fever"

Janiss Garza: Co-Author, "Lemmy: White Line Fever"

Janiss Garza joins Staci on this episode of the Rock & Roll Nightmares Podcast to talk about her 7-year stint as an editor at RIP magazine, which covered the rock and heavy metal scene, her collaboration with Lemmy of Motorhead to write his autobiography "White Line Fever," plus her early coverage...

Patti Quatro & Kristen Glasgow: Rock & Roll Survivors

Patti Quatro & Kristen Glasgow: Rock & Roll Survivors

Staci’s guests are Patti Quatro Ericson and Kristen Hillaire Glasgow, hosts of a new podcast, Rock ‘N’ Roll Survivors, which covers Patti’s career as a musician from the ’60s right up to now. Patti was on this podcast last summer talking about Fanny, Cradle, and growing up in a musical family, but...

Nathan Carson: Witch Mountain Drummer, Author, & Music Journalist

Nathan Carson: Witch Mountain Drummer, Author, & Music Journalist

Nathan Carson is a musician, writer, music journalist, and DJ. He’s the co-founder and drummer of the doom metal band Witch Mountain, and he hosts an FM radio show called Heavy Metal Sewïng Cïrcle, on which he's interviewed Rob Halford of Judas Priest, among others. Nathan talks about the...

Amanda Morck: My Rock Moment, Classic California Bands, and Women in Rock

Amanda Morck: My Rock Moment, Classic California Bands, and Women in Rock

“My Rock Moment” podcaster and adjunct instructor of California rock history, Amanda Morck, joins Staci on this episode of "Rock & Roll Nightmares" to talk about some of her most intriguing episodes as well as California-based bands like Eagles, Love, and The Flying Burrito Brothers. She has fun...

Christy Alexander Hallberg: Author of “Searching for Jimmy Page”

Christy Alexander Hallberg: Author of “Searching for Jimmy Page”

Christy Alexander Hallberg, the author of a rock music-inspired novel called “Searching for Jimmy Page,” joins Staci to chat about her book, as well as her podcast, “Rock is Lit.” Christy gives fascinating details on traveling to the UK to research her book—she visited all the sacred grounds, from...

Nick Broomfield: Director of the Rock Documentary “The Stones & Brian Jones”

Nick Broomfield: Director of the Rock Documentary “The Stones & Brian Jones”

Staci’s guest is Nick Broomfield, the director of The Stones & Brian Jones, a new documentary that chronicles the ill-fated guitarist’s short life and brilliant career. Nick has also directed films about Leonard Cohen and Kurt Cobain, plus true crime documentaries, such as The Grim Sleeper and one...

Keith Rosson: Author of “Fever House” aka, a Punk Rock Da Vinci Code

Keith Rosson: Author of “Fever House” aka, a Punk Rock Da Vinci Code

Keith Rosson, the author of the much-talked-about new punk-rock-tinged thriller novel “Fever House” joins Staci to talk about his inspiration, writing process, and how he went from indie author to joining the ranks of the greats published by Random House. Keith also talks about his past professions...

Steve Rosen, Author: talks “Tonechaser: Edward Van Halen” & Jimmy Page – Pt 2

Steve Rosen, Author: talks “Tonechaser: Edward Van Halen” & Jimmy Page – Pt 2

Steve Rosen, a music journalist whose career spans 50 years, returns to talk more with Staci about music and writing. Steve was the West Coast correspondent for Guitar World magazine and he wrote for Guitar Player, among others. He’s also the author of books on Randy Rhoads, Prince, and Black...

Steve Rosen, Author: talks “Tonechaser: Edward Van Halen” & Sunset Strip Music History – Pt 1

Steve Rosen, Author: talks “Tonechaser: Edward Van Halen” & Sunset Strip Music History – Pt 1

Staci’s guest is Steve Rosen, a music journalist whose career spans 50 years. Steve was the West Coast correspondent for Guitar World magazine and he wrote for Guitar Player, among others. He’s also the author of books on Randy Rhoads, Prince, Black Sabbath, among others -- and the massive tome...

Mark Farner: on Grand Funk Railroad, New Music, and the Cowbell's Cool-Factor

Mark Farner: on Grand Funk Railroad, New Music, and the Cowbell's Cool-Factor

Staci's guest is the incredibly talented and legendary musician and vocalist, Mark Farner. He is a founding member of the original Grand Funk Railroad and a platinum recording artist. You know and love him from classic rock staples like “I’m Your Captain” (Closer to Home)” “We’re An American...

Robert J. Stava: Cemetery & Western, Blondie, and "Dead Set" a new Horror Collection

Robert J. Stava: Cemetery & Western, Blondie, and "Dead Set" a new Horror Collection

Staci’s guest is Robert J. Stava, an author and musician whose latest book, “Dead Set: A Rock & Roll Trilogy of Horror,” is comprised of three novellas that take place in a haunted town called Wyvern Falls. Robert performed for nearly a decade on the New York music scene with his band, The Jag, and...

Jarret Keene: “Hammer of the Dogs” and The Killers Biography Book Author

Jarret Keene: “Hammer of the Dogs” and The Killers Biography Book Author

Staci’s guest is author Jarret Keene, who has a new book out called “Hammer of the Dogs.” Led Zeppelin fans are sure to pick up on the play on words but there are also quite a few shout-outs to rock and metal music throughout the prose. Jarret is an assistant professor in the Department of English...

May Pang: “The Lost Weekend” John Lennon Documentary

May Pang: “The Lost Weekend” John Lennon Documentary

Staci’s guest is May Pang, an author, former music executive, and now the subject of a documentary, “The Lost Weekend: A Love Story,” which is about her romantic and creative time with John Lennon in the 1970s. She worked for Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, as a personal assistant and production...

Joan Baez, "I Am A Noise Documentary": Interview with the 3 Film Directors

Joan Baez, "I Am A Noise Documentary": Interview with the 3 Film Directors

Joan Baez: I Am A Noise is a new documentary biopic directed by Miri Navasky, Maeve O’Boyle, and Karen O’Connor. The three filmmakers join Staci on this episode of Rock & Roll Nightmares to talk about how they put together this non-traditional look at the famous folk singer, songwriter, and...

Rudy Valdez: Director of the SANTANA Documentary, "Carlos"

Rudy Valdez: Director of the SANTANA Documentary, "Carlos"

Rudy Valdez, director of the comprehensive new documentary “Carlos” joins Staci to talk about coming on to the daunting project that would cover the legendary Carlos Santana’s full career from the very beginning to the present. Rudy talks about his introduction to Santana’s music, why he thinks the...

Jerome Reuter: Author of Electric Funeral, Black Sabbath & the Cultural Landscape

Jerome Reuter: Author of Electric Funeral, Black Sabbath & the Cultural Landscape

Staci welcomes Jerome Reuter, a film critic and historian whose work can be found in Diabolique magazine and various online publications. He is also the author of a new book, Electric Funeral: Black Sabbath and the Cultural Landscape 1970-1975, which is a scholarly work that drills down on the...

Tony Simerman: CEO of KnuckleBonz Rock & Roll Collectibles

Tony Simerman: CEO of KnuckleBonz Rock & Roll Collectibles

Staci’s guest is Tony Simerman, the owner of KnuckleBonz, a successful company that creates officially licensed, high-end collectibles for rock music fans—this includes apparel and action figures but it goes way beyond that; there’s also 3D vinyl, handcrafted beers, and more. KnuckleBonz creates...

Julia Lage: Bassist of Vixen & RockTail Mixologist

Julia Lage: Bassist of Vixen & RockTail Mixologist

Julia Lage, bassist for the bands Vixen, and Smith/Kotzen, joins Staci on the Rock & Roll Nightmares podcast to talk about how she got her start playing on a homemade instrument, the music business in Brazil, getting a dentist’s eye view of Steven Tyler’s mouth, scary happenings at concerts, and...

Holly Knight: "I Am the Warrior" Memoir, Tina Turner, & Elvira

Holly Knight: "I Am the Warrior" Memoir, Tina Turner, & Elvira

Staci converses with Holly Knight, the songwriter behind hits like The Best (Tina Turner), Love is a Battlefield (Pat Benatar), I Am the Warrior (Scandal), and Ragdoll (Aerosmith) to name just a few. Holly talks about her new memoir, “I Am the Warrior: My Crazy Life Writing the Hits and Rocking the...

Peter Summit: Vocalist of Crashing Wayward Talks New Album, Fashion, & AI

Peter Summit: Vocalist of Crashing Wayward Talks New Album, Fashion, & AI

Staci interviews Peter Summit, the lead vocalist for Crashing Wayward, a Las Vegas-based hard rock band that features well-known names on guitar, bass, and drums. Peter talks about the band’s lauded debut album, Listen, and plays their new single, “Stranger Days.” He talks about working with Ron...

Shaun Soho: Crash Midnight's Frontman on the Music Biz

Shaun Soho: Crash Midnight's Frontman on the Music Biz

Rockin’ frontman Shaun Soho joins Staci on this episode to talk about how his band Crash Midnight became the highest-drawing indie rock act in Las Vegas over the last few years. The five-piece has gained quite a following due to their old-school, straight-head, hard rock music that’s in the...

Mick Garris: Talks Stephen King, '70s Prog-Rock, & Music Journalism

Mick Garris: Talks Stephen King, '70s Prog-Rock, & Music Journalism

Writer-director Mick Garris joins Staci on this episode to fill us in on his appearance in the new comprehensive Stephen King documentary, King Onscreen, but he also gives a glimpse into his background in music—he started as a teenage journalist, who interviewed Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The...

Tim Polecat: Musician, Music Historian, & Production Designer

Tim Polecat: Musician, Music Historian, & Production Designer

Staci’s guest is singer and guitarist Tim Polecat, who’s best known to music fans for his British-born neo-rockabilly band, The Polecats, who had a hit in the U.S. in the ‘80s, “Make a Circuit with Me.” Tim is a fan of The Ventures and an incredibly knowledgeable music historian, so naturally, he...

Debbie Kruger: Author, "Songwriters Speak" Part 2 of 2

Debbie Kruger: Author, "Songwriters Speak" Part 2 of 2

Debbie Kruger, the author of “Songwriters Speak,” joins Staci to talk about her definitive book on Australia’s most popular and important songwriters. This is part two of the in-depth interview, and in this episode, she talks about her take on the controversy surrounding AC/DC’s "Back in Black"...

Nils Goldschmidt: Bassist & Founder of Velvet Chains

Nils Goldschmidt: Bassist & Founder of Velvet Chains

Nils Goldschmidt, the bassist and founder of the hard rock band Velvet Chains, joins Staci to talk about the Las Vegas music scene, how he started the band, and why they decided to cover an Elvis song. and Staci plays their hit single, “Last Drop,” (which is also the name of Nils’s drink in the...