Lou Gramm digs deep into his time in Foreigner, as well as other matters, in his new autobiography, "Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll," which publishes today (May 1).
Gramm tells us the book, written with Scott Pitoniak, a sports writer from Gramm's home town of Rochester, N.Y., is generally uplifting despite some dark moments:
"I've been doing a lot of thinking about it over the last few years, considering not only the interesting aspect of music being a dominant piece of my life and my near-misses and finally a successful band...I think all things considered, the ups and downs that I went through personally in my career and the successes and failures, I felt that the reality is I'm fortunate that I have my health, I still have a career and I'm coming out of this a winner, I think."
"Juke Box Hero" chronicles the rise of Foreigner along with Gramm's subsequent falling out with group leader Mick Jones, as well as the singer's stint in rehab and a successful fight against brain cancer.
Gramm says that he's particularly happy to reveal some of the details about his long and mostly fruitful relationship with Jones:
"From stories I've read and people I've talked to, it wasn't that much different than a lot of relationships from main writers in bands. It had its ups and downs, and eventually it just wasn't productive anymore. I think that we wrote some very good songs together. We had some great experiences on the road...So, I think, I'm getting at the fact it's really a, it's kind of a book about different aspects of a relationship."
Gramm and Jones will rekindle that relationship on June 13, when they're inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and will perform together for the first time since 2003.
CLICK HERE to learn out more about Gary Graff and his award-winning music journalism including the books he has written on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.