Tuesday, November 27, 2012


The Lovehammers are a Chicago based rock band who have released 6 studio albums, 2 EPS, and 2 DVD's in the last 15 years. You may remember lead singer, Marty Casey, as first runner up on the hit NBC show, Rockstar INXS. Lovehammers' song, "Trees," became a nationwide hit after Marty performed it on the show. Their most recent album, Set Fire, dropped last week (and I own it and recommend it!). The band was kind enough to talk books with me.


What is your favorite book?

Even more than a favorite book, I have a favorite genre of books that I read.  My need to read the biography of every great rock n rolla is more than a desire... It's an addiction!  It all started when I saw a book called Hammer of the Gods sitting on my brothers nightstand.  I was probably 12 years old and the title sounded so cool.  I had no idea what it was about and I sat down and started reading.  The colorful tales of a monumental Rock band of the 70's - Led Zeppelin - painted the picture of a life I got mesmerized by.  After reading that book I started listening to all things Zeppelin and wanted to be in a huge band and tour the globe a get into trouble every where I went.  I got sucked into the gypsy world of rock n roll.

What is your last book read (or current read?)

I am currently reading a book called "God's MiddleFinger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre" by Richard Grant.  I drove via Jeep thru 1,000's of miles of rural Mexico in 2007 and had some amazing and frightening experiences.   When I heard about this book it seemed like the author walked the line of fate and stepped into the world of bandits, drug smugglers, Mormons, cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians, opium farmers, cowboys, and other assorted outcasts that roam the Sierra Madres.  Knowing how dangerous this area is, I had to read the tale of an American pushing the limits of reason and going to the ground zero of drug lord insanity.  I am halfway thru and LOVING this book.

Do you prefer to read traditional books or on an e-reader?

I prefer the traditional paperback style book.  When I finish a book I usually pass it along to a friend and most have never been returned to me.  I hope that good books get passed down hand to hand and the stories continue take the readers into an alternate time and place... The great escape!


Fav book:  Twilight

Last read:  Water forElephants

Preferred format:  Books

Obviously, I prefer to be entertained, not intellectually stumulated when I read!!!



What is your favorite book?

One of My favorites - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

What is your last book read (or current read?)

Just finished - Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottomat the Top by Joey Kramer of Aerosmith

Do you prefer to read traditional books or on an e-reader?

Traditional. Never attempted e-reading.

As far as typical reading, usually books on American History/Presidents and plenty of Rock type bios/autobios.


What is your favorite book?

I don’t think I can say I just have 1 favorite, but I do love ToKill a Mockingbird, as it was one of the first books I read.  The Devil in the White City was another I enjoyed – being from Chicago, I felt a connection.  I enjoy most books by Scott Turow as well…..again Chicago connection.

What is your last book read (or current read?)

Currently reading Slash – I was actually with him in one of the stories he talks about, so it is interesting to have it included in his book…..

Do you prefer to read traditional books or on an e-reader?

I will only read traditional books – no e-readers for me!

I typically prefer to read Autobiographies and Biographies.  Other than that, I will usually check out what Scott Turow has out…….

Thanks, guys! You can find out more about the Lovehammers at www.lovehammers.com

You can like the Lovehammers on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Check out their newest single, "Into the Insane!"


Kelly Polark said...

Also check out Marty Casey's Silver Elements jewelry collection. I own a few rockin' pieces!

Susan Oloier said...

What a great interview, Kelly! The Richard Grant books sound really intriguing. I'm off to check it out. I love your blog, BTW.

Anita said...

So cool that these guys gave you their time...I'll check them out AND their book recs, too. Thanks!

Valerie said...

Great interview.I found Lovehammers after I found Marty on Rockstar INXS back in 2005 and I have not looked back. These guys are amazing. I love how they keep it "real" and how much they love their fans to the point of considering them friends and family. How many other artists do that ?

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've never heard of these guys. Yay for Billy's favorite book. But I can't believe none of them read ebooks. :)

Kelly Polark said...

Thank you, Susan!
Anita - Good music, good reads. Can't beat that!
Valerie - Thanks for stopping by the site! I love their music too!
Stina - Surprising, but I still prefer traditional books to ebooks. (yet I do occasionally read books on my Kindle!)

Susan Fields said...

How cool that a book Marty Casey read when he was a kid influenced him to want to be in a band, and look at him now!