By: Gary Graff
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.
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