iUniverse’s Don Tolle, author of For the Record: A Musical Odyssey, has recently been interviewed in Rolling Stone. In the interview, Tolle talks about the genesis of the Garth Brooks hit single “The Dance”, which appeared on the latter’s debut album. Brooks has even referred to the song as his all-time favorite.
Please find the interview at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/the-dance-at-25-how-garth-brooks-weeper-became-an-unlikely-hit-20150505
The interview also mentions Tolle’s book: “How the Tony Arata-penned song became one of country music’s biggest smashes is told in For the Record: A Musical Odyssey, a recently-published memoir by Tolle, a veteran of the music industry and the founder of Pookie Bear Music, which was Arata’s music publisher at the time.”
With a lifelong love of music dating back to his childhood, author Don Tolle dreamed about achieving fame as a recording artist. But it was in 1973, after a tour in Vietnam, that he finally took the leap, picked up the telephone, and called record companies about his songs. It was a fateful day in his career, one that reverberates even today.
In For the Record, Tolle shares his career as a music man, beginning in the record business of the wide-open 1970s, when everything seemed possible. The story follows his career from its beginnings in an entry-level position at a record company to his eventual founding of a record company and production of his own hit records, winning multiple awards in the process.
Tolle also shares the story of his precipitous fall from the summit of success. For the Record describes his walk through the long shadows of the valley, where he wandered lost and alone before staging a remarkable comeback that ultimately led to his greatest triumph and the realization of the misplaced, but not forgotten, dream of his youth.
Filled with the experiences, memories, revelations, and reflections of an amazing career during the golden age of the music business, this memoir offers an insider’s view of the music world filled with unique personalities.