I've been writing professionally for decades, beginning with music reviews and interviews with artists ranging from Grace Slick to Robin Trower in the 1970s. In the years since then I've expanded my fields of interest to include motorsports, the national space program, and other realms as an author, columnist, and writer.

Here is an overview listing of the books I've written in that time...

Modern Listener Guide: Jimi Hendrix

Modern Listener Guide: Jimi Hendrix (Modern Listener Publishing, 2018)

Bookended by the words of brilliant guitarists: a foreword contributed by Derek Trucks and an afterword by John McLaughlin. This guide stakes out a path through Jimi's career for those just discovering Hendrix's astonishing legacy and provides new perspective to those who have already fallen under the spell of a man who changed music forever.

More information on this title is available on the publisher website: www.ModernListenerPublishing.com (this link opens in a new browser window)

Iron Fist, Lead Foot

Iron Fist, Lead Foot: John Coletti and Ford's Terminator (T-5 Design, 2015)

Originally released in black-and-white paperback format in 2006 by Barnes & Noble/iUniverse, in 2015 this book was reborn as a full-color hardback. One of the most amazing tales in the history of automotive development is illustrated with behind-the-scenes images from secret design studios, wind tunnels, and clandestine track tests - all driven by a larger-than-life leader, Ford Special Vehicle Team boss John Coletti.

Please visit this book's website by clicking the following website address: www.ironfistleadfoot.com (this link opens in a new browser window)

Top Speed

Top Speed: Dodge and Plymouth Stock Car Racing (Barnes and Noble/iUniverse, 2007)<

Written to commemorate Chrysler Corporation's return to NASCAR competition, this book details the successes - and some failures - of Dodge and Plymouth, companies with NASCAR roots that stretch back to the earliest days of the sport.

Seventies Rock

Seventies Rock: The Decade of Creative Chaos (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2003)

With a foreword by Queen founding guitarist Brian May, this book travels year-by-year through a decade that had to make room for bands and artists playing music as diverse as the sweeping progressive rock of Yes and Emerson Lake & Palmer, the instrumental virtuosity of the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the jazz-infused electric fusion of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever, and the blunt chordal attacks of The Ramones and the Sex Pistols.


Dynasties: Legendary Families of Stock Car Racing (MetroBooks, 2002)

Few other sports have seen the competition bloodlines cross the generations as so often happens in NASCAR. This book delves into the stories behind the Pettys, Jarretts, and other well-known families in stock car racing.

Dale Jarrett

Dale Jarrett (MetroBooks, 2000)

The son of a champion NASCAR driver from the entity's formative years, Dale Jarrett persevered in the face of career obstacles. He rose through the sport's ranks and memorably won the Daytona 500 as his father - by then a CBS Sports commentator - cheered his son on from the broadcast booth high above the famed superspeedway.

Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt (Friedman/Fairfax Publishing, 2000/2001)

Possibly the greatest and most competitive driver in the history of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt attacked every racetrack corner and pulled off passes in his stock cars that still leave veterans of the sport shaking their heads in wonder. Sadly, this book had to be rewritten for subsequent printings in the wake of Dale's 2001 death in a crash at Daytona International Speedway.


Superstars of Stock Car Racing (MetroBooks, 1999)

An overview of the greatest stock car racing stars from every era in NASCAR history, this book detailed the exploits of many of the most recognizable names in motorsports including legends like Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, and David Pearson, as well as NASCAR's new wave of star drivers.

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon (MetroBooks, 1999)

Few drivers have entered into the top level of NASCAR competition under the media glare that surrounded a young Jeff Gordon - but he lived up to the expectations, winning all of NASCAR's major races and becoming the sport's champion multiple times.

Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen (MetroBooks, 1998)

From his earliest days struggling in the New Jersey shore bar scene, to his early albums and the critical Bob Dylan comparisons, to his eventual career triumphs and his powerful body of recorded work, Bruce Springsteen has become one of music's leading lights. This book documents that decades-long musical journey.

Encyclopedia of Stock Car Racing

Encyclopedia of Stock Car Racing (MetroBooks, 1998/2000)

This comprehensive reference work was bolstered by hundreds of color images and "in their own words" insight from NASCAR's leading drivers and crew members, covering the eras from the sport's inception in the rural South to its ascendancy to mass popularity.

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash (MetroBooks, 1997)

The greatest country music speaks to the mythical "common man." But no one spoke with more authority than "The Man in Black," Johnny Cash. In this book Cash's troubled but triumphant career plays out, ending with Cash embraced as a true American icon.

Bold As Love

Bold As Love: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Michael Friedman Publishing, 1996; published as Jimi Hendrix Experience by Editions Soline in Europe)

In 1966 a young, little-known guitarist flew from the United State to London. Within months he would climb to the top of the rock world with his band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The late Experience bassist Noel Redding wrote the foreword for this book, which covers the events, concerts, and recordings of Jimi's massively influential career.


Supercars: The Story of the Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth SuperBird (Howell Press, 1995/2000)

With a foreword by the late Buddy Baker, a racing hero who became the first driver to break the 200 mph barrier in a stock car. The Daytonas and SuperBirds were the wildest stock cars ever built, the winged products of missile aerodynamicists who'd made the transition from aerospace to Chrysler's racing operations in the late 1960s. Paired with Chrysler's elite drivers - including the great Richard Petty - these cars ruled the superspeedways until NASCAR, alarmed by their dominance and unusual appearance, effectively banned them from competition in 1971.

Sunday Drivers

Sunday Drivers: NASCAR Winston Cup Stock Car Racing (Howell Press, 1994) (Howell Press, 1995/2000)

A portrait of a sport on the brink of mass success, NASCAR in the 1990s was about to leave Southern roots behind as it ascended to the national stage. From the time teams arrive at a track until the last race car is loaded up at the end of a race weekend, the NASCAR experience was captured in this book featuring dozens of interviews and hundreds of color photographs by photographer Rick Farnkopf and the author.