BY FRED MILLS
Oral histories are perilous enough; reading them always feels a bit disjointed because you’re jumping from one person’s perspective to another’s every few seconds. And oral histories minus any connecting narrative or even framing intros for each chapter can be a recipe for disaster. Luckily author Miller has (a) the skills to judiciously edit, select and order the quotes he collected, from the likes of Ron Asheton, Alice Cooper, Don Was, Jack and Meg White, Rachel Nagy and scores more; and (b) a topic fertile enough to prompt some seriously great, and revealing, and even occasionally contradictory, recollections, stretching from 1965 to the present.
Oh, and by the way: no, not that Steve Miller. Kick out the jams, motherfuckers.