Saturday, October 15, 2016

New Book "The Rock Trenches" Gains Ground

New book "The Rock Trenches" is trending well and popular with different age groups. Plus, no-doubt those previously unseen photographs add credence to the novel text. The book is likely to be filed in store sections featuring 'memoirs', 'non-fiction' and 'music history.' Also, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or through your favorite book outlet.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

New Book "The Rock Trenches" Brings Out The Best Of Friends

New book "The Rock Trenches" brings out the best when it comes to reuniting long time friends and business associates. Joined together here are legendary producer-songwriter Don Nix, book author of "The Rock Trenches" Phillip Rauls and everyone's favorite singer-songwriter Keith Sykes. The new book is a journal of authentic stories and photographs of a magical period of Rock music history. Published by Mojo Triangle Books and available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble or your favorite book outlet.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Radio Personality and Book Author Revisit

Favorite Memphis radio personality and long time associate Mr. Steve Conley (R) of Guess FM 99.3 shares a moment with book author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches" during one of Conley's scheduled appearances. The new book features surprisingly untold stories of notable DJ's, legendary recording artists and includes classic archive photos that should be a treat for all music fans. Published by Mojo Triangle Books and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite book outlet. 

Saturday, October 01, 2016

The Rock Trenches Reunites Old Friends And Business Colleagues As The Stories Fly High

Pictured here on a mini-book tour is well-respected music industry professional David "Flash" Fleischman and book author of The Rock Trenches Phillip Rauls. The new book is trending well while giving readers a peek behind the curtains of the mysterious antics and shenanigans of those in music industry. Published by Mojo Triangle Books and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite book outlet.

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Book Promotes Embracing Reunions

The new book "The Rock Trenches - Journal of a Record Executive" by Phillip Rauls is shown here on a mini-book tour recently in Memphis, TN. If some were not aware or perhaps living under a rock somewhere, Memphis is the distinctive home of Rock 'N' Soul music and celebrated globally for its fine reputation of this genre. Book author & photographer Phillip Rauls says "Hooking-up with old friends and sharing heartfelt stories from The Rock Trenches is a delight for all participants. I'm hearing stories of yesteryear about myself that I didn't even know happened or ever existed!" The book is a non-fiction memoir of music history featuring tantalizing photographs of well-known music icons with behind the scenes tales that will have you on the floor laughing. Published by Mojo Triangle Books and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite book store outlet.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

'Artist Of The Week' Recognition for Author Phillip Rauls and his book "The Rock Trenches"

(North Seattle Area) The Crab Cracker Magazine has recognized author - photographer Phillip Rauls as the publication's 'Artist Of The Week' in their August 28-Sept. 8th issue (#176) serving the greater Stanwood and Camano Island areas. Rauls exciting new book "The Rock Trenches" was just released in mid-August and already drawing the attention of radio interviews in several regions such as Memphis, TN and the Seattle-Everett area plus several internet radio stations. "Pretty cool" was Rauls response when asked about the first weeks initial response and if he expects additional media recognition? "Well, after 30+ years of promoting recording artist and their music, their videos, their tours and their books...I'm just delighted to be on the other side of the fence for a change!" Still another observation from Rauls was when he added, "In the past I was the person placing the calls and seeking exposure for new records and new videos but now my phone is ringing without my fingers doing the actual dialing!" That's not to say the tide has completely turned in his favor as he realizes much work lies ahead. "The book is all about the inner mechanics of turning the wagon wheels of promotion and marketing. You know...the same kinda work that new authors have to perform." Rauls stated that he welcomes any possible media interviews or book signings and is currently preparing for several in the forthcoming month. "September looks real good and I hope to stay very busy."

"The Rock Trenches" is a non fiction memoir of Rauls experiences as a record industry executive and features tantalizing stories and many of his personal photographs that have never been publicly viewed. Published by Mojo Triangle Books a division of The Sartoris Literary Group. The book is available in both Kindle and paperback version and may be purchased through this Amazon site.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Rock Trenches Shares A Magic Carpet Ride

Announcing the August 15th release of a new book with an engaging storyline about life on the road with rock bands and includes an impressive array of photographs."The Rock Trenches" is exactly what the title implies as author-photographer Phillip Rauls takes you on his magic carpet ride into the adventurous world of the music industry. Rauls demystifies what takes place behind the scenes as he teams-up to develop up-and-coming rock bands into gold and platinum artists. In this text subtitled "Journal of a Music Industry Executive" he shares his experiences while you can almost feel the bass drum and amplifiers pounding your chest. Read about touring with Led Zeppelin, YES, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Vinegar Joe, The Eagles, Robert Palmer and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more. As a middle-management promotion & marketing executive, Rauls enjoyed the unparalleled freedom of being a field representative. Truth is, he had no desire to be promoted from his position and having to relocate to the entertainment meccas of New York or Los Angeles. Besides, he was having too much fun and preferred frolicking in the regional hotspots of New Orleans, Miami and later to Seattle. Rauls background includes representing several of the top record companies such as STAX Records, Atlantic Records, 20th Century Fox Records and EMI Records. "The Rock Trenches" is written in appealing language containing no F-bombs or dirty little secrets. Dang! But you'll roll in the floor laughing when reading about his wacky shenanigans. Available both in paperback and eBook version. Published by Sartoris Literary Group. Release date is August 2016 with both Kindle version and the paperback being available here for your order on Amazon  

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Monday, July 28, 2014

Taking A Hiatus After Nine + Years of Postings

The Editor of The Photolog is taking a long and well deserved hiatus from our monthly entries. We hope that you have enjoyed our extensive postings dating back to the year of 2005. We've been delighted in getting reconnected with so many dear old friends plus countless new acquaintances who have embraced our content. As you continue your quest for updated research of the music industry and Pop-Culture please check-out our extensive links & archive sections to review a historic nine year exhibit of reference material. There we have combined insightful stories and original photographs for your reading. As our continued research grows and develops with the latest technology you may experience our latest transition by shifting to our most recent video presentations featured on The Phillip Rauls YouTube Channel. Peace.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Story - 'Hey Jack Don't Hijack My Plane'

Even by conservative estimates the city of Memphis has produced literally thousands of rock bands and aspiring young recording artists. Fact is, several fine books and box sets have documented many interesting stories to support these musicians in their quest for fame. Yet, this story evolves around a series of events while focusing on the significance of a individual single recording released in 1969. Supported by the events to follow this song was well before it's time. Allow me to explain.

To bring us up to date let us acknowledge that we are now well into the 21st Century and seemingly the airways are still not completely safe as commercial aircraft continue to be hijacked worldwide. It's no secret today that Federal Air Marshall's continue to fly aboard some jet liners as a deterrent to prevent in-flight hijacking which generally results in unpredictable catastrophes. Yet, if we look back into the history of commercial aircraft we will notice this phenomenon has been around for decades. Which bring us to the actual theme of this story and the significance of this single recording.

As the story begins, it was sometime back in the mid-1960's when my good friend and associate known as 'The Razz' got permission to borrow his mother's car to attend a teen dance. That was a pretty big deal back then as we were not of age to purchase our own vehicles and relied upon family members for transportation. Razz had organized this trip with another friend named Jimmy Hart. The three of us were planning to attend a youth function held at The Parkway Village Community Center located in a neighboring East Memphis suburb. While in route Razz described the band playing at the center as being, 'a very together' band. That was an endearing term at the time and popular saying meaning the band was groovy or cool. Anyway, the name of the band performing that evening was The Village Sound. Their name was coined from their residential suburb known as Parkway Village. So, our curiosity was keen as Jimmy Hart and Razz, who were also musicians, were eager to scout this band while seeking any tips that might benefit their band, The Gentrys. Yet, our journey to see the band was as mere observers or maybe even a secret spy mission to see what the fuss was all about. While walking up the steps to the community center The Village Sound were performing one of our favorite songs. It was a popular tune originally done by The Zombies and definitely not a easy song to duplicate. By that I mean their harmonies were extremely well balanced while singing right on pitch as the rhythm section was very complimentary and unusually tight for such young musicians. The Village Sound were a six piece band as all members wore different outfits and dressed to kill. "Awesome outfits!" was the first thing to come out of my mouth as I stood there in amazement. At the time, I was the road manager for The Gentrys yet despite my background of being only a music novice I sensed something very good happening here. As we continued standing on the side of the stage and soaking it all in, I couldn't help but focus my attention to the lead vocalist of the band, Pat Taylor. Naturally being the front man in the band he stood-out while having the talent and good looks of a superstar. Despite a band of six members it appeared all were extremely professional with no apparent flaws. It didn't take long for us to convert our interest from a mere observers to being completely in awe.

The Village Sound - (L-R) Greg Redding, Pat Taylor, Steve Spear, Danny Thompson, Taft Laster, Richie Simpson.

As the next few months passed The Village Sound would continue to grow and develop with new band personnel. Their gigs were coming-in steady while being booked by another standout in the band, keyboardist Greg Redding's mother, Dot Redding. After a series of local recordings which produced several mediocre singles, a new manager named Seymour Rosenberg entered into the operative and changed the band's dynamics. Rosenberg, who was also an attorney, had influential contacts and took the band to the next level when he arraigned to have the next recording session produced by noted local producer, Steve Cropper. Naturally with Cropper's affiliation with STAX Records and Rosenberg's circle of influence, STAX owner Jim Stewart became interested as he aspired to develop a new pop music label with the abundance of available talent in Memphis. At that time a new record label called HIP Records was created as to capture the band's momentum while establishing a new artistic direction for additional revenue streams. That was completion of the final piece of the puzzle as STAX was set to distribute the single with HIP being an affiliated label. About that very same time and unaware of those behind-the-scene advancements, I came onboard at STAX Records as their local promotion manager. Plus, simultaneously, the city had become a major music hub appearing on the national scene with the local media supporting these regional entries. The recordings for The Village Sound began promptly at Ardent Recording Studio and from that memorable session came a catchy song written about a troublesome phenomenon taking place during that era, the high jacking of commercial aircraft. The song's unique title was, "Hey Jack" (Don't Hijack My Plane) and just happen to be co-written by local DJ favorite, Jon Scott. And guess what? Magically, somehow the song began getting immediate airplay from radio WMC-FM 100. Hmm...imagine that. This critical airplay came from a station growing in rapid popularity and held record-buying influence with Mid-South listeners. Suddenly phones began to ring as the band's bookings increased while the support of local radio personalities shinned. Not to mention the song's record producer, Steve Cropper also came out looking pretty darn good. Plus, it brought attention to soul label STAX Records which was also branching out into the pop music market. Amazingly all those contributing forces just happened to come together simultaneously as having the right people involved might have had something to these developments.


The Village Sound at Ardent Recording Studio - Back: Danny Thompson, Steve Spear, Greg Redding. Front: Manager Seymour  Rosenberg, STAX producer Steve Cropper.


Key participants also included WMC-FM 100 Disk Jockey Jon Scott and STAX Records local promotion manager Phillip Rauls.

The Village Sound's regional success peaked sometimes later as the band disbanded in 1970 when popular music evolved into different genres. Or, was the band's break-up because of STAX's inability to globally market their pop music roster during a time of distribution chaos? Whatever the case, the band's experience of recording and playing with major headliners during that cycle propelled several members to further their careers to even greater successes. In addition, the producer of the song plus several media participants would also go on to achieve business distinction. In looking back, it appears that all parties involved in this project landed on their feet with respected careers. "Hey Jack Don't Hijack My Plane" by The Village Sound was a very timely record and helped usher-in a magical era for Memphis Music.

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