Sex, drugs and rock-and-roll may seem like a 1970s cliché to younger generations, but it all comes together in Even Stevens’s new(ish) autobiography titled “Someday I’m Gonna Rent This Town.” For this reader, it was a trip down memory lane as I am a contemporary to Mr. Stevens, and lived through my share of all of those things under the hazy influence of the latest hits on the radio, in a concert or festival, or even on my own cassette player. The times, the music, the songs, the war, the peace movement, all came rushing back when I read “Someday …”
Even Stevens covers just about every aspect in this wild ride of his life as an aspiring barber, soldier, songwriter and performer starting in the very early 50s through this past year when he was inducted into the 2015 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and his experiences led him to become one of the important songwriters of our time.
The book is filled with stories of how his songs came to be written, who they were written with, produced by, sung by and even some after-stories following their acclaim. One of the most interesting – and longest is of his co-writing / producing relationship with writer/producer/singer Eddie Rabbitt. Their partnership of over 15 years yielded over 900 songs together – each one with an enchanting history of the loves, losses and near misses of their young adult existences.
“Someday I’m Gonna Rent This Town” could be a roadmap for aspiring songwriters of any age. The detailed histories of the inspirations, circumstances and life events that influenced Mr. Stevens as he struggled to find not only the volume of his voice, but the microphone(s) and artists to get his voice heard. There are even 3 chapters toward the back of the book dedicated to passing along songwriting advice and the “do’s and don’ts” to be a successful songwriter and shorten one’s struggle on that road.
As we know, Even Stevens succeeded in becoming a songwriter. With Country, Adult Contemporary, Rock, Pop and so many crossover songs and artists to his credit, Mr. Stevens well deserves major recognition by the industry.
“Someday I’m Gonna Rent This Town” is the back-story of that wild ride and is told as a 198-page, 65-chapter flashback, indexes not included.
“Someday I’m Gonna Rent This Town” is available at Amazon.com. Click on the title to order.
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