Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has become a best-selling author, and for anyone who doesn’t know about his backstory, Perry, just like his band mates, lived—or survived—a life of rock and roll excess. The well-publicized revival of Aerosmith in the mid-’80s painted a picture of a band that rose from the ashes. Perry’s book, ‘Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith,’ entered at #8 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. While it’s likely that Perry’s popularity as a rock star has had an impact on book sales, his intriguing memoir is a must-read for anyone, but particularly those fans who have followed the band for decades.

For years Ted Nugent has held a place as one of rock’s greatest guitarists. With a career that spans over 50 years, millions in album sales, and innumerable performances all over the world, Young Ted is still a maniacal showman, though he hasn’t donned the loincloth getup for some time. On October 22nd, the aptly-titled two CD+DVD package, Ultralive Ballisticrock, will be released. It captures a 2011 performance of the Ted Nugent band at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. PureGrainAudio checked in with Nugent. Here’s what he had to say.

On July 27th, 2012, PureGrainAudio’s Mitch Lafon caught up with guitar legend Slash minutes before he hit the stage at L’Olympia in Montreal, QC. The pair discussed Slash’s latest rock masterpiece, the album Apocalyptic Love, future recording plans and the 25th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction record. Check it out!

In case you missed legendary vocalist, songwriter and bass player Timothy B. Schmit’s exclusive acoustic performance and interview on KCSN 88.5FM Los Angeles, it is now available below. Well-known for his work as a member of The Eagles and with the country rock group Poco, Timothy performed his current single “Friday Night” and “One More Mile” off his recent (and fifth) solo album ‘Expando’ (2009, Lost Highway/UME) on KCSN’s popular drive-time show Afternoon Music Mix with Sky Daniels.

As a fan of Michael Schenker since his early days with UFO and MSG (Michael Schenker Group) back in the early Eighties, I was stoked to pick this one up. I was one of the many fans that were captivated by this man’s sheer talent; he’s a brilliant guitarist who inspired a generation of players. Over the years, I’ve heard a few other things he’s done, but this is the first time in a long while that I’ve actually listened to a full CD worth of his tunes.