BECOMING ALMOST FAMOUS, by Ben Fong-Torres
(Backbeat Books, $16.95; release date June 3, 2006)

Posted by Anneli Rufus at 11:32 am, Monday, May 29, 2006

This collection of essays from the legendary Rolling Stone journalist — forever immortalized as a character in the 2000 film Almost Famous — spans decades and musical genres, from Janis Joplin to Sheryl Crow, Frank Sinatra to Al Green. Fong-Torres fans might be disappointed to see far too many essays from the ’80s and ’00s, and not as many from Rolling Stone‘s (and Ben’s) halcyon days of the early ’70s. But most intriguing are the essays about Fong-Torres’ own life growing up in Chinatown, and behind-the-scenes details — like separating the truth from the fiction about his on-screen character in Almost Famous.

Grade: B



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