A band walks into a record store to buy some rolling papers … the next thing they know, they’re opening for Rod Stewart

A band walks into a record store to buy some rolling papers … the next thing they know, they’re opening for Rod Stewart

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sunbury Press has released the The BANG Story: From the Basement to the Bright Lights by Lawrence Knorr and Capital recording artists BANG.

About the Book:

In  the summer of 1971, BANG, a trio from the Philadelphia area, decided to take a road trip to Florida to try their fortune. While buying some rolling papers in the Sunshine State, they learned about a Small Faces and Deep Purple concert nearby in Orlando. They showed up at the venue and brazenly declared they were ready to go on stage.  The concert organizer asked them to set up and play for him. After a couple songs, he told them they were opening for Rod Stewart and Small Faces. Before they knew it, BANG was playing with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac, Ike and Tina Turner, The Doobie Brothers, and even Black Sabbath. Capitol Records signed them, and three LPs were released. Join Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken, as they recall their rapid rise to fame, playing with numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Excerpts:

“Those were the days when everything was experimental,” said Karl Richardson, the engineer. “We were looking for something more reverberant. We didn’t want BANG to sound like everybody else. In those days, records were more like paintings, than photographs. The studio was a palette, and we were always thinking about art—not just taking a picture.”

“As the raucous sounds of rock band music slammed across a broad meadow on the tree-lined peninsula, hundreds of youths openly smoked marijuana and drank beer and wine. Some of the drug-sickened youths had injected directly into their bloodstreams bleach crystals they had purchased at the festival site in the belief they were amphetamines. Medical personnel were treating youths suffering drug overdoses on the average of one every five minutes. A man, about 30, stood on the platform for several hours warning fans that the ‘green and blue acid is bad—but the sugar cubes are good.’”  — account from the Erie Canal “Soda” Pop Festival

OZZY Cheesesteak anecdote …
ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1972, BANG was back in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to play with Black Sabbath, who was in the midst of their Master of Reality Tour. Wild Turkey was to open this evening, followed by the boys from Philly.
That afternoon, the band was hanging out with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath. They offered to introduce them to cheesesteaks, having discovered a sandwich shop in town that was attempting to replicate their favorite Philadelphia cuisine.
“I’ve never had a bloody cheesesteak,” admitted Ozzy.
And so BANG introduced the Prince of Darkness to the delicacy. After chomping on a few bites, he asked, “I have another question for you. What do the fans mean when they are making the “V” signs with their fingers? For our Churchill, it meant victory.”
“To them it means one of two things,” answered Frankie. “It either means peace or boogie.”
After that, Ozzy would often be seen on stage flashing dual V-signs to all of his audiences, as captured on the cover of their next album Vol. 4.

The BANG Story: From the Basement to the Bright Lights
Written by Lawrence Knorr, Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken

List Price: $19.95

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1620065827

ISBN-13: 978-1620065822

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches

MUS035000 Music : Genres & Styles – Rock
BIO004000 Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians – General
MUS019000 Music : Genres & Styles – Heavy Metal

Coming soon on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-BANG-Story-9781620065822.htm

Amelia Earhart flies to the top – “The Truth at Last” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for July

Amelia Earhart flies to the top – “The Truth at Last” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for July

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last took the top spot. Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 3 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
2 1 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
3 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
4 2 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
5 NEW The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch, 4th Ed. Max Klinger Genealogy
6 NEW Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Literary Fiction
7 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Thriller Fiction
8 5 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
9 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
10 NEW Cast Iron Town Signs of PA, 2nd Ed. N Clair Clawser History
11 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
12 The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
13 44 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
14 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey, 4th Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
15 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
16 A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates YA Fiction
17 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely, Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
18 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson Genealogy
19 Had a Dying Fall J M West Thriller Fiction
20 35 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
21 8 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
22 13 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
23 14 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
24 30 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L Moore History
25 23 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
26 16 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
27 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
28 19 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
29 43 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
30 40 Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Current Events
31 28 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
32 American Berserk Bill Morris History
33 26 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley True Crime
34 15 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
35 A Second Revolution C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
36 The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
37 The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping William Cook History
38 The Final Charge Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
39 25 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
40 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
41 27 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
42 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Pets
43 Planet Jesus Volume One: Flesh and Blood Doug & Shawn Brode Science Fiction
44 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
45 34 History of Lykens Township, Volume I Gratz Historical Society History
46 There Is Something about Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
47 Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys Steve Troutman Natural History
48 Hairy Men in Caves Marlin Bressi History
49 50 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
50 9 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last was #1 due to brisk sales following the airing of the controversial History Channel program which drew most of its material from the book or complementary sources. It has been the top-selling Amelia Earhart book on Amazon. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula took #2 due to the introduction of a Kindle version. Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib by Lawrence Knorr grabbed the third spot thanks to seasonal interest. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam continued to sell well, slipping to #4. Max Klinger claimed the fifth spot with his 4th edition of The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch primarily due to orders from extended relations.

The company released eight new titles in July:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2017
Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Literary Fiction
Middle of the Road Benjamin Anderson Literary Fiction
Cast Iron Town Signs of PA 2 ed N Clair Clawser History
The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch, 4th Ed. Max Klinger Genealogy
The Deadly Jigsaw Puzzle Alma Bond Thriller Fiction
Murder on the Streetcar Alma Bond Thriller Fiction
Who Killed Marcia Maynard? Alma Bond Thriller Fiction