I have wanted to own this book for a few years but since only around 1,000 were printed in 1998 they all sold out and were in high demand from fans in the aftermarket (and therefore quite expensive). With the band’s recent resurgence brought on by 2016’s Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello album and their Hall of Fame induction, original publisher and co-author/editor Ken Sharp teamed up with author Mike Hayes to bring it back into print.
Mike Hayes compiled the book from his own interviews of the band, working on it for many years as a labor of love. Before it was all over he had enlisted the help of Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, as well as renowned rock and roll journalist/author/publisher Ken Sharp. The book features amazingly detailed info on the band’s career, boasts over 250 pages, contains over 150 b&w photos, has a forward by Roy Wood of The Move/ELO/Wizzard and remains essentially the only biography on Cheap Trick ever written.
Please note that while this is a new printing of the book it is essentially an exact copy of the original publication. It has not been revised or updated so it still only covers the years 1973-1997.