Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards

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Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'N' Roll Survivor
Author Al Kooper
Country United States
Language English
Genre Autobiography
Publisher Billboard Books (1998), Hal Leonard Corporation (2008)
Publication date
1998, February 1, 2008
Media type Print, ebook
Pages 328 pages (2008 edition)
ISBN ISBN 0879309229 (2008)

Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'N' Roll Survivor is a 1998 autobiography by American songwriter, record producer and musician Al Kooper.[1] The book is a revised version of Kooper's earlier 1977 book Backstage Passes: Rock 'n' Roll Life In The Sixties. The 1998 edition was initially published by Billboard Books,[2] but went out of print until 2008, when it was re-published by the Hal Leonard Corporation with updates to the text.[3][4]


In the book Kooper talks about his interactions with the music industry, including information about artists such as Bob Dylan. Kooper also discusses his days as a successful songwriter who co-authored the hit "This Diamond Ring"; his membership in The Blues Project; his forming and leaving the band Blood, Sweat, and Tears; his collaborations and friendship with blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield; and, his discovery and early production of Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd.


Critical reception to Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards was positive,[5][6] with the Headpress Guide to the Counter Culture commenting that it was "a genuinely funny read".[7] The book also garnered a positive review from The Morton Report, who commented that it was a "great book" and that "almost every paragraph is designed to make you laugh in a laconic and self-deprecating manner".[8]


  1. ^ "Musician AL KOOPER (Interview)". NPR. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "HOW CLAPTON ALMOST LOST A HAND". New York Post. November 24, 1998. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Al Kooper: a lot like a Rolling Stone". LA Times. January 14, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Berton, Justin (January 8, 2009). "'Backstage Passes': Rocker Kooper's memoir". SF Gate. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Buhle, Paul (2007). Jews and American Popular Culture: Music, theater, popular art, and literature, Volume 2. Praeger Publishers. p. 145. ISBN 0275987957. 
  6. ^ "A 'Backstage' trip with Al Kooper". The Star-Ledger (via Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ Drake, Temple (2004). Headpress Guide to the Counter Culture. Critical Vision. p. 129. ISBN 1900486350. 
  8. ^ "Reading Al Kooper: Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards". Morton Report. Retrieved April 13, 2013.