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Jean Beauvoir / John Ostrosky

Bet My Soul on Rock 'n' Roll: Diary of a Black Punk Icon

Bet My Soul on Rock 'n' Roll: Diary of a Black Punk Icon

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Authors: Jean Beauvoir & John Ostrosky

Foreword by Kermit Blackwood

"Jean Beauvoir joined the Plasmatics in 1979, playing bass and keyboards for the most notorious band to emerge out of the New York City punk scene. By 1982, he was a member of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, a retro-rock revival act headed by Steven Van Zandt. The Disciples of Soul videos played on MTV during the network's earliest years, making Beauvoir one of the first Black recording artists to break the start-up music channel's "color line." Bet My Sould on Rock 'n' Roll follows this iconic musician's ride through the worldwide music industry, detailing his successful solo career as well as his encounters with rock stars such as Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Bruce Springsteen, and Lita Ford. Beauvoir also considers how his Haitian heritage has shaped his public image, his music, and his life. Beauvoir's collaborations -- and stories -- span genres, including work with KISS, Debbie Harry, Justin Timberlake, Lionel Riche, Nona Hendryx, and the Ramones"

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