Hands down, Hotter Than a Match Head: Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful, the autobiography of the Spoonful’s bass player, Steve Boone, is a riotously funny, no bullshit, meat and potatoes look back at his life with this brilliant ’60’s New York quartet and the wildness afterwards – and yet, it manages to have a lot of heart.  As John Sebastian had always received the lion’s share of attention during the Spoonful’s heyday (as the lead singer and main songwriter), here the multi-talented Boone tells tales of how this was at the outset a “one for all, all for one” band; the skills one learns at handling women when one becomes a full-blown rock star, his harrowing pot bust in 1966 which helped smear the band’s name (especially amongst the hip cognoscenti) and his own ups-and-downs as a drug smuggler in the Caribbean.

An interesting life, for sure, but one that is colored so well by his writing style, it’s one of those “can’t put it down” reads.  And coming from a ’60’s rock star, it’s free from the usual sanctimonious platitudes, which makes it even more a pleasure to read.

Rather than give away any more of the story, I’ll point you toward your nearest bookseller and say “by all means – buy this book”.


About the Author

Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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