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BookExpo & Signing in NYC May 2015

Once again I was honored to do a book signing at the BookExpo in NYC in May of 2015. This was my fifth official signing at the BookExpo America, and this occasion was for my latest release, AC/DC FAQ All That’s Left To Know About The World’s True Rock ‘n’ Roll Band.

I used to live in New York, so going back is always like going home for me. I was lucky enough to stay with my good friend, Ronnie Norpel, who is a published author herself. You should definitely check out her book, Baseball Karma & The Constitution Blues, which is available on Amazon.

Ronnie now works as an associate producer for the Barry Farber radio show. Barry has been on New York radio for over five decades, and he is fascinating to talk to. I didn’t get to Ronnie’s until Wednesday evening, and spent all day Thursday, May 28, enjoying the BookExpo. I was interviewed by New York journalist, Bruce Alexander and met Frank Todaro, who hosts his own paranormal radio show, The Invisible World.

I also tried the 60 second writing challenge, where you had to pick a noun, a verb and an adjective and then they gave you a question and you had 60 seconds to answer it using those key words. To my surprise I actually came up with something, and they were very happy with me. Of course being a published author, it came as a great relief that I didn’t fail their test. Somewhere there is an actual video of this, and thankfully I haven’t been able to find it.

So I left my first day tired, weary and ready to head back up to Ronnie’s apartment. Getting a cab from the BookExpo is nearly impossible, and the train is a good 4 blocks away. Keep in mind, NYC blocks are about one half mile long, each. Thinking I had outsmarted the system, I got on a free air conditioned bus that was headed for Grand Central. I could catch a train there. However, the bus was going to a hotel on 49th and Lexington, which is miles away from where I needed to be. Ronnie had booked me for an 8pm interview with Barry that same evening, and it was already past 6pm. After begging the driver to let me off the bus, unsuccessfully, I enjoyed the scenery of 57th Street, passing Fifth, Park and Madison Avenues. After a frantic call to Ronnie to ask what to do once I got to Grand Central, I waited to disembark. Once inside Grand Central, I took a sharp right to catch the S Train to 42nd Street which took me to the regular subway, where I took the Express to 96th and then the local to 103rd. In less than a half an hour, I was at Ronnie’s door, dead tired, but confident in the fact that I had most certainly gotten my New York groove back!

The next day, Friday May 29, Ronnie accompanied me to my book signing at the Javits Center. I was scheduled for 2pm, and thanks to a wayward cab driver, who pretended that he couldn’t speak English, we arrived at my station with only five minutes to spare. Just like Keith Richards, I looked at my frantic publicist, and said, “Can I get a bottle of water, and where is my pen?” Over the next 33 minutes, I signed 60 books and met some of the most amazing people. Thanks to John Cerullo, my publicist Wes Seeley, his assistant Lindsay, Dave, Mike and my editor, Bernadette of Hal Leonard/Backbeat Books, my book signing was a smashing success.

After three long days of meetings, speeches, signings and sales, many of the publishers celebrate the closing with drinks, snacks and free books if you can carry them. We were treated to vodka spiked tea, a cold Corona and a snifter of brandy garnished with chocolate dipped apricots. Of course we had to try them all, and as we were wandering around watching people pack up, we ran into Allison from Harlequin Books. My daughter, author Clarissa Cole, is shopping a romance novel, so I thought I would stop by and pitch them her book. Not only was Allison interested and very gracious, but she was so tired, she gave Ronnie and me free concert tickets to Billy Idol who was playing down the street on Pier 97 that same evening.

Of course we had plans to see a punk rock photo exhibit in the Village, and then meander further south to see a band that her friend played in, but free Billy Idol tickets trumped all of that. Before we knew it, we were sipping a cold Lager on the Hudson River, looking toward the stage with the city of Manhattan starting to glitter as the sun went down. Billy, his band and especially his guitar player, Steve Stevens sounded amazing! They rocked the pier, where under the stars over one thousand Billy Idol fans were shouting their best “Rebel Yell.” We also hooked up with two amazing ladies from Long Island, Jean and Bernadette, who made that night that much more fun. Apartment we lived in at Amsterdam and 96th NYC Billy in purple Book Signing in NYC City overlooking Billy Idol's concert May 29, 2015 Imagine 2015 Ronnie striking a pose Ronnie, Bernadette and me at the Billy Idol concert NYC 2015 Statue of Liberty counting money in Times Square Sue and Ronnie two NYC chicks Times Square midnight WP_20150528_17_27_43_Pro WP_20150530_23_40_05_Pro WP_20150529_14_16_15_Pro WP_20150529_13_59_36_Pro WP_20150529_14_16_36_Pro WP_20150530_22_36_58_Pro WP_20150530_16_27_20_ProThat’s what I love best about the Big Apple, you never know what’s going to happen or who you are going to meet.

With one more day left of my visit, the next afternoon we strolled down to the Dakota and Strawberry Fields. It was a beautiful sunny day, and there were hundreds of people enjoying the serene surroundings of the Imagine mosaic. Proving again, that it’s all about synchronicity, I chose a bench to rest on, and all the benches have nameplates dedicated to someone by their family. I just happened to chose one of the few available benches that was dedicated to Ronnie’s friend’s nephew, Adrian, who tragically died young from a drug overdose. Ronnie doesn’t live that far from Strawberry Fields, but she never knew about the bench. It was a beautiful, yet poignant encounter that brought tears and wonder, and made me believe in the magic of New York City. Something I miss every day.

From there we made our way downtown to visit a friend who plays in a band called Too Many Lauras. They were playing later that evening, and since I was flying back home the next day, they invited us to sit in on their rehearsal. The band includes singer/songwriter, Peter Chance, who plays guitar and harmonica. Accompanied by violinist Cecil Hooker, bassist Michael Muller and Pat Robinson on accordian, their songs were beautiful, melodic and bittersweet. Including two of my favorites, “Graduation Day,” and “Carole Lombard.” Go to iTunes or CD Baby to check them out at http://cdbaby.com/cd/thenovellas.

If that wasn’t enough of a treat, Peter cracked a bottle of champagne to celebrate my new book, and took us out to dinner at La Carbonara on 14th Street. They had the most amazing lobster filled ravioli and between the food, wine and the company, it was hard to say goodbye. But the boys had to pack up and head to their performance and Ronnie and I took off for the train.

Considering it was only 10pm, when we hit 42nd Street, I dragged Ronnie off the train and told her we needed to go to Times Square for the sightseeing. Now 10pm on a Saturday night in Times Square is a movie in itself. There had to be at least 50,000 people walking around, including people dressed as super heroes, naked ladies covered only in body paint, and someone dressed as the Statue of Liberty counting their money from posing for pictures with tourists.

It also happened to be the month that New York City launched “Midnight Moment,” which was the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night for three minutes, starting at 11:57 pm. We were there to see the Andy Warhol’s Screen Test, from 1964-66. You can see it at http://www.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-arts/projects/midnight-moment/screen-tests-1964-66/index.aspx.

Once Andy Warhol’s exhibit was complete, we hit a few souvenir shops, popped into a karaoke bar to dance to, “Uptown Funk,” took tons of pictures, and when our feet couldn’t take it anymore, slid into a cab and headed home. I flew out the next afternoon, but not before I picked up roast beef sandwiches at Zabar’s at 81st and Broadway. All in all, it was another incredible trip. I’ve been to many cities around the world, and there is no city like New York City.

Much love and thanks to Ronnie, her son Adrian, Peter, Mike, Pat and Cecil from Too Many Lauras, and everyone at Hal Leonard/Backbeat Books. A special thanks to all those who stopped by for a signed book, a picture and a smile.

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Happy Birthday, Angus Young!

Angus Young turns 60 today, and — not coincidentally — today is the official pub date of the latest addition to the Backbeat Books FAQ series: AC/DC FAQ by Susan Masino. Here’s a tribute to Angus from Susan, who first met AC/DC nearly forty years ago and remains today the biggest fan of “the world’s true rock ‘n’ roll band!”

AC/DC’s diminutive schoolboy guitar player, Angus Young, turns 60 years old today, a milestone birthday for anyone, but, as Angus proved to the world with his performance on the Grammys this year, in his case at least, 60 must be the new 40.

Blazing through the single, “Rock or Bust,” from their new album of the same name, AC/DC flawlessly segued into their classic hit, “Highway To Hell,” with everyone from Katy Perry and Paul McCartney to Blake Shelton and Lady Gaga singing along. Some sporting glowing devil horns, no less!

Joining his big brother Malcolm’s band over 41 years ago, Angus used to run home from class and take off for band rehearsal still dressed in his schoolboy outfit. After trying several wardrobe options in the seventies, the band settled on jeans and black t-shirts, but Angus kept his schoolboy uniform and, armed with his trusty Gibson SG, magically became a force to be reckoned with.

Recording a brand new album in the spring of this year, appearing live on the Grammys for the first time ever, and launching a European summer tour, AC/DC showsno signs of slowing down. When they hit the United Kingdom for the first time back in 1976, a journalist marveled at Angus’ unbridled ability to play his guitar, never missing a note, while in perpetual motion. The writer remarked that seeing the then 21-year-old Angus maintain that pace once he turned 25 would be something to see. What an understatement that was!

It brings to mind one of my all-time favorite Angus Young quotes. Asked back in 1990, after turning 35, if he was getting too old to rock and roll, Angus quickly shot back, “The name’s Young, always has been, always will be.” With that sentiment in mind, I’d like to wish Angus Young the happiest of birthdays, filled with high octane rock and roll. It’s the only kind of music AC/DC will ever play, which will continue to be celebrated by millions of fans for many more birthdays to come.Angus and author -Razors Edge Tour 1990

Sue with William Shatner at Comic Con 2015

February 2015

Greetings and welcome to my new updated website! Hopefully you will find all the information you need on all 6 of my books. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. As I prepare for the launch of my new AC/DC book on March 31, I had the pleasure of going to Madison’ first Comic Con on Friday, February 6. It was the opening day, and not as crowded as the rest of the weekend. Which ended up being perfect for me, my son Jamey and his friend, Max. We watched the ribbon cutting with Mayor Paul Soglin and was able to chat a bit with William Shatner, Billy Dee Williams, Jason Mewes and Michael Rooker. It was all great fun and they couldn’t have been nicer! Luckily I was able to give them each a business card because I am shooting for writing screenplays, and you never know when I will have a part for one of them to play. Billy Dee even gave me his agent’s business card because he is always looking for a good script! Sue and Billy Dee Williams at Comic Con 2015 Sue and Mayor Paul Soglin Comic Con 2015 Sue with Jason Mewes Comic Con 2015 Sue with Michael Rooker Comic Con 2015 Sue with William Shatner at Comic Con 2015

NEWBOOK

AC/DC FAQ COMING SOON!

COMING SOON ON MARCH 31, 2015-ORDER NOW ON AMAZON!

AC/DC FAQ spans AC/DCs 40-year career, starting from the bands inception in 1973. This book covers everything from their early days in Australia to their first tour of England and the United States. It also includes personal experiences, stories, conversations, and interviews by author Susan Masino, who has known the band since 1977. Featuring 37 chapters, AC/DC FAQ chronicles the personal history of each of the band members, all their albums, tours, and various anecdotes. Rebounding from the tragic loss of their singer Bon Scott in 1980, AC/DC hired Brian Johnson and went on to record Back in Black, which is now one of the top five biggest-selling albums in music history. Taking a seven-year break after their album Stiff Upper Lip, the band came back in the fall of 2008 with a new album, Black Ice, and a tour that ran from 2008 through the summer of 2010. Once again breaking records, AC/DC saw the Black Ice Tour become the second-highest-grossing tour in history. True rockers from the very beginning, AC/DC will continue to be heralded as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.

Due for release on March 31, 2015, you can pre-order right now at

http://www.amazon.com/AC-DC-FAQ-Worlds-Series/dp/1480394505.

For Interviews or Reviews Copies please contact Wes Seeley at wseeley@halleonard.com

AC-DC FAQ BOOK COMING SOON ON MARCH 31

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Famous Wisconsin Musicians

From Liberace and Hildegarde to Al Jarreau and Clyde Stubblefield to Butch Vig and the Violent Femmes, Wisconsin has produced an impressive array of Famous Wisconsin Musicians. Author Susan Masino has interviewed many of them and researched Internet sites and other books to profile 32 of them. The book also references hundreds more musicians with some connection to Wisconsin. Les Paul, legendary guitarist and inventor of the electric guitar, has written the foreword about his early years in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

“The new book “Famous Wisconsin Musicians” is consistently upbeat and historically informative. Madison music journalist and disc jockey Susan Masino impressively researches and documents the career stories of 32 state musicians, singers and groups, and provides more than 100 thumbnail sketches of other notable Badger music-makers. Masino gets the good story down better in her piece on legendary guitarist and instrument innovator Les Paul. She establishes a homespun tone with the tale of this gifted musical tinkerer who created one of the most popular electric guitars in history and devised the first electric amplified guitar.
With a full index, the book is an interesting read and valuable reference for anyone who cares about the local and national impact of our native musicians.” -Kevin Lynch for The Capital Times

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy” is a center stage front row seat to the late seventies rock explosion seen through the eyes of rock journalist/radio host, Susan Masino. As associate editor of the Wisconsin music newspaper, The Emerald City Chronicle, Susan interviewed,worked and partied with dozens of bands including Kiss, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Leslie West and Ted Nugent.“Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy” also follows AC/DC’s rise to international fame from their first American tour in 1977 to the release of their 1980 tribute album to Bon Scott, Back In Black. Through her three year relationship with AC/DC roadie, Barry Taylor, she received dozens of phone calls and over thirty letters and postcards following their struggles from the inside-forging a bond with the band that still exists today. “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy” also features over sixty rock photos including AC/DC, Van Halen, Kiss, Todd Rundgren, David Bowie,Ted Nugent, and some never before published.

“For anyone interested in first hand stories about bands like AC/DC, Kiss, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, Cheap Trick (and many others) this is a must-have book! Tons of rare photos and interesting stories from rock journalist Susan Masino. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in reading about all the “behind the scenes” stories about some of the greatest bands ever. Excellent! Couldn’t stop reading it once I started!” -Fan Review on Amazon

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Now available on Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Roll-Fantasy-My-Times-Halen-ebook/dp/B005USZLSS/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1390100067&sr=8-13&keywords=Susan+Masino

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The Story Of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

Let There Be Rock is the story of AC/DC written by rock journalist Susan Masino, who met the band during their first American tour in 1977. Over the years, she remained in contact with them, watching AC/DC climb to international stardom. Since 1977, Susan has interviewed the band many times and their friendship has lasted nearly three decades. Now she tells the true story of AC/DC’s illustrious career and how they became one of the true great rock ‘n’ roll bands in history. The book traces the band’s history, from their beginnings in Sydney, Australia in the early 1970s to trail-blazing the U.S. mainstream to the devastating death of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980. The band pulled together and rebounded to the top of the charts with new front man, Brian Johnson and the watershed album,Back in Black. Through it all, AC/DC continues their quest to build a legion of new fans in the 21st century.

“This book is the real thing, the real story of AC/DC… from the time they played their first show in Madison, Wisconsin at The Stone Hearth (and rented my bands PA system) to the guys becoming one of the biggest rock bands in the world! Susan remained friends with the band throughout the years. As Malcolm Young said one night backstage before he left;..’ Ask Sue, she knows everything.’ Every AC/DC fan should read this one!!!!!” -Review on Amazon

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Family Tradition – Three Generations of Hank Williams

Covering three generations of Hank Williams, Family Tradition is both unique and vast in scope. Beginning in the present day with Hank III who gave the author unprecedented access and time-traveling across the years, this examines just what kind of rebel mojo inspired this crazed family of country music, from Hank Sr. often regarded as one of the most influential of American musicians to Hank Jr., to this year’s model, Hank III, who has somehow found a way to reconcile his legacy’s deep-rooted twang and high-lonesome sound with particularly searing strains of punk and heavy metal, launching an all-out war with traditional Nashville in the process.

“…Athough there are plenty of Hank Williams bios, [Family Traditions] isn’t supererogatory. Rather than analyze Hank’s music, Masino relates what he did when and who with. No one before her has made Hank’s everyday reality so apparent, including all the time (i.e., most of the time) that he wasn’t drunk.”-Booklist”

[Susan Masino] does a nice job in her swift 256-page reader. Masino picks up on the striking tragedy of each Hank (from Hank Sr.’s destructive addiction to Hank Jr.’s near-fatal mountain fall to Hank III’s admission of being molested by a relative), and she easily segues from Hank to Hank with fluid transitions that trace the family lineage….This is a fine introductory read on the Hank Williams legacy….” -Library Journal Xpress Review

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Secrets of the Universe – Universal Laws, Past Lives, Ghost Adventures, and More

The Secrets of The Universe-Universal Laws, Past Lives, Ghost Adventures and More is the fifth book from Susan Masino, author of The Story of AC/DC-Let There Be Rock, now in 11 languages and Family Tradition- Three Generations of Hank Williams. In her new book, Masino explores her lifelong passion of the Universe and how it works. The Secrets of the Universe investigates synchronicity, positive manifestation, healing with light, numerology, past lives and ghost adventures. Masino has given public speeches on synchronicity for the Unexplained Research team conferences based in Wisconsin. She has also studied numerology, and participated in ghost hunts in numerous locations including a brothel in Deadwood, South Dakota and the famed Bobby Mackey’s bar in Wilder, KY.

“If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”-Nikola Tesla

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Family Tradition Book Signing

Greetings and Welcome to My Website!

Greetings and welcome to my website! My name is Susan Masino and I am the author of five books, including my recently self-published book, The Secrets of the Universe-Universal Laws, Past Lives, Ghost Adventures and More. This new book is a departure from my rock and roll roots, but certainly is the culmination of another of my life’s passions. Universal laws, past lives, ghost adventures, numerology, positive manifestation, so many mysteries to explore and so many stories to tell. Each month I will update you on my rock and roll/paranormal adventures. I hope you enjoy my books, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Currently my new book, AC/DC FAQ All That’s Left To Know About the World’s True Rock and Roll Band, will be released on March 31, 2015. You can pre-order a copy at www.amazon.com.