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by Staci Layne Wilson

Hosted by Staci Layne Wilson and based on the Rock & Roll Nightmares horror and true crime book series, this irreverent podcast on rock, punk, grunge, etc., features interviews with musicians, writers, photographers, artists, and filmmakers. It's only rock & roll, but we like it!

Podcast episodes

  • Season 10

  • 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 Nadia. Each author comes from a different perspective and standpoint career-wise, but their love of music and storytelling makes for a fascinating episode!

  • Season 9

  • 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 music journalism. Alex & J.C. talk about how horror movies have influenced their writing, and they also reveal the behind-the-scenes scoop on bringing "Hand of Doom: A Literary Tribute to Black Sabbath" to fruition.

  • 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 other rock star romances out there, they tend to be more about the spice... what sets Heather's apart is the focus on music and interpersonal relationships. She shares her research process, where she finds inspiration as a writer, talks about her popular novel "Flipping the Record" and gives the scoop on her upcoming book, "Helplessly Hoping."

  • 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 project aims to show all sides of Ms. Ono, not just her time with John Lennon. Madeline shares her thoughts on the recent May Pang documentary, addresses the Beatles' breakup, and the honor of having her book in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library.

  • 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 new book, a deep dive into session drummer Jim Gordon, whose storied career ended with him behind bars for the murder of his mother. The book is called "Drums & Demons." Joel's aim is to restore the man's reputation in terms of his contribution to music—from his work with The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, and so many more. On this show, he discusses not only Jim's music, but music history, session musicians' unique contributions, as well as the mental health crisis in Jim's day--and now. It's a fascinating episode that covers a lot of ground!