THE SPINAL COLUMN, HIGHLAND, MICHIGAN
NOVEMBER, 2020 ISSUE
Edward Sarkis Balian shares details into the life of the raspy voice, “Old Time Rock n Roll” singer. He discusses Bob Seger’s life in his recently published book, “Turn the Page: The Bob Seger Story.”
Balian will be joining the Highland Township Library on April 4 (2020) at 2 p.m. for a book tour. Released last July, this is the first and only biography on Detroit’s favorite rock musician.
Paul DeYoung, county register of deeds for Van Buren County, recently attended Balian’s presentation at the Van Buren Library. Many around town know DeYoung for being a major Seger fan.
“Bob Seger is one of my favorite musicians and after reading this book I now have a greater appreciation for what he has gone through,” he adds. “Before this book I never realized just how difficult his journey had been while he was becoming an artist. He faced a lot of adversity as his career grew. It gave a better idea of what the music industry had been like around that time.”
Balian’s text begins with a foreword from Seger’s former road manager Tom Weschler. Readers get a taste of never before heard information on Seger’s life and career. The text covers everything from his rise to fame while playing in local Detroit gymnasiums to his 2019 national tour “Roll Me Away, the Final Tour.” It’s also filled with more than 60 images from Seger’s early days and includes a vintage poster of a time when Seger headlined for John Lennon.
Balian is an author, musician and has a PhD in education from Wayne State University. He grew up in the Detroit-area and was in a band around the same time as Seger. Many readers have given Balian praise for covering someone who has been commonly noted for keeping their private life under wraps.
Kim Maki, editor of Detroit Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, was not expecting a book to be published. “[The book] was perhaps the toughest biography to write of all our Detroit rock heroes,” she said. “If you know Bob Seger enough, you know why it’s the first one. The author did his homework and there’s no question about it.” She gave the book a five star review.
Other readers such as Cary Loren, owner of The Book Beat bookstore in Oak Park, enjoyed the images the most. “This book has a lot of great ephemera,” he said. “It’s a great book for fans or better yet – superfans. Some of the images might be new to them.”
Seger, born in Dearborn, will be 75 this year. His music came out roughly 50 years ago and it continues to be a favorite of many. 30 percent of TURN THE PAGE book profits will be donated to charity.
STILL MORE TESTIMONIALS:
If you like the music of Bob Seger, this is a MUST HAVE book! You get an in-depth look at Bob and his inspirations. D.F., Encinitas, California
I enjoyed reading about Bob's struggles throughout the 60s and 70s....quite inspiring.
=J.S., San Diego, California
Just finished reading TURN THE PAGE. What an absolutely wonderfully written book! I could not put it down. Tons of great behind the scenes stories. I am 49 years old and grew up listening to Seger. I am a fan for life. God bless, and THANK YOU Edward for writing this book! =Brian S.
I finally had the time to sit and enjoy Turn the Page. As with many others I followed Bob from 1967 when I moved here with my family from Brooklyn, NY. . I knew all the members of the Silver Bullet being their furrier and also making mink coat for Nita (Bob's wife) who I knew from when she was day manager at Larry Gheldums club on 8 Mile Road in Detroit. Met Bob once many years ago when I promoted show in the Air Force doing a show with Larry Seno at Full Tilt Productions in Panama City, Fl in 1972. Bob headlined along with Humbug and Cactus as the opening bands. I also had a pretty close friendship with Alto and Monica as I am Greek as Alto's mom was also. We went to the same church in Bloomfield Hills. I was always proud to at least say my life paralleled Bobs because I never stopped loving his music to this day. Thank you for this great book. You hammered it. It was everything I hoped for with tasty tidbits that took me back in time to some treasured years of my life. I can only hope you are thinking about making this into a movie someday. So many of us would love that!
===John T (August, 2020).
I'm not a rock n roll junkie, but I ordered the TURN THE PAGE book from Amazon when I heard a radio DJ mention it. It brought me back to humming Against the Wind while running a 10K race in 1980...Edward was kind enough to autograph the book; I have really enjoyed this book." =Jim D.
What an amazing story of an amazing musician! Filled with the details behind the songs. =L.S., Farmington Hills, Michigan
The only Seger biography out there. Great book. =C.S., South Lyon, Michigan
Wow--great book! Lots of great details. =H.B., Tucson, Arizona
Such an amazing story. I really like the rare color pictures as well. =A.E., La Jolla, California
Veronica at the publishing company gives the best customer service on earth! (My order was lost in the mail.) I was overwhelmed with the personal service. No robots or keypads. A real human being to answer my questions. =B.M., Watertown, New York
One of the BEST rock books I've read. Tons of great behind the scenes stories and facts. An amazing job by the author." =REBOUNDFORWARDBOOK (ONLINE INSTAGRAM COMMENT)
THANKS TO ONE OF OUR READERS OF "TURN THE PAGE." VERY COOL... AUTHOR SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION!