Ultimately, The Superstar Chronicles is a lighthearted and joyful narrative that documents important moments in rock history. Its colorful stories and collection of personal photographs evoke memories of youth, concerts with friends, turbulent times of social change, and the delight of hits that mark unforgettable moments in of our lives. Take a first-hand look into the wonderful, often insane world of music through the eyes of a lifer, a musician who has found success and fulfillment by wending his way through a lifetime among Rock Royalty.
Jimmy and I discovered the music scene together, writing songs and listening to every new LP that shouted out to us from the bins at Sam Goody’s. Jimmy led me. He inspired and directed me. He taught me and he made me laugh. We were in Greenwich Village together. Ditto: London, ditto: L.A. ditto: as many backstages as you’d care to drop the names of. It’s all in this book. We cared about each other and continued to throughout those tender years of getting to know ourselves. It could have been other gentle souls or not so gentle souls, but no, I got lucky. It was Jimmy.– Carly Simon
Not only is Jimmy Ryan a great musician but he is also a gifted storyteller. In his new book Jimmy gives his readers a backstage pass to his life in the frenetic and star-studded world of Rock & Roll.- Magda Katz, Time Square Chronicles
A rollicking read, Jimmy Ryan’s autobiography, Behind, recalls a rock ‘n’ roll life full of concerts, carousing and crazies. Ryan shares mind-boggling stories of the famous and the infamous with gentle wit, making Behind the next-best thing to being a celeb yourself. -Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore Magazine
This is a well written, informative and humorous reflection on the past six decades of being in the music spotlight. Jimmy Ryan takes you to worldwide auditions, rehearsals, recording studios, and stages with a great variety of the biggest stars of our lifetime.– Warren Kurtz, Goldmine Magazine
Jimmy Ryan has been one of the fortunate few to be a part of rock music history. He worked in the studio and on stage with artists like Carly Simon and Jim Croce-on some of their biggest hits. He is now pulling back the curtain to give us a glimpse into those stories. Having co-written one of my favorite Michael Johnson 1980s hits “After You,” one will recognize Ryan as a triple threat-a fantastic studio musician, entertaining live performer and a wonderful songwriter. – Merlin David, M Music & Musicians Magazine
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