Panther Rock Books
Three BIG Days March 11-13, 2022. Come say "hi", take a photo, talk rock & get an autographed book! On opening night (Friday) Cowboy hosts the Fan-Tasy Celebrity Karaoke After-Party! Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center
The big day is here, keep in touch, we’re always up to something new and exciting.
...with groups like the Mechanical Onions, Thundertrain, the Joe Perry Project, Wild Bunch, Last Man Standing, Mach 5 and Bag O' Nails.
In 2019, the tour journals I kept in 1982-84 while singing with the Joe Perry Project were released by Panther Rock Books as "Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary."
The book found an audience. So, in 2020 we recorded & released an expanded-content "Once a Rocker Audiobook."
October 2021 saw the debut of my rock'n'roll memoir, "I Gotta Rock - Twenty Years of Tales 1965 -1985." I hope you'll enjoy this site, join my email list & hang out for awhile. Never know what you'll find here!
I Gotta Rock,
"Like the first book it’s a fast enjoyable rocking read. Mach’s story is one that resonates.” Boston Groupie News
“I Gotta Rock” is based on 20 years of my road journals and diaries. C'mon along & attend the Boston Tea Party debut of the Jeff Beck Group in 1968 and see the Jimi Hendrix Experience that same summer. Led Zeppelin comes to Framingham in 1969 and we study Jimmy Page's young band as they rock inside a half-empty tent. Eat dinner with Monkee Michael Nesmith and crash the glitter-rock scene on Sunset Strip in ’74. Join me & my group Thundertrain as we record "Live at the Rat" and "Hot For Teacher" in 1976. Thundertrain rocks with the Runaways, Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott and Willie Loco in Boston’s Kenmore Square. Then we hit NYC, Max's Kansas City and CBGB’s, to perform alongside the Dead Boys in ’77. In 1981 I ran away and joined the circus. But during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl I get fired from my job with Circus Vargas. So I rock again as lead singer with the Joe Perry Project, touring America & beyond in 1982, ’83 and '84. Non-stop, candid, rocket-paced, occasionally shocking reading is YOURS in my brand new, 20 year memoir." - Cowboy Mach
I Gotta Rock! 492 pages. Nearly 200 photographs.
“Mach Bell's first book Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker, is one of my all time favorite music memoirs. Being a huge fan of Aerosmith and Joe Perry, it was the incredible inside look at one of my favorite and often elusive rock icons that I had craved for so many years.
What more could Mach Bell have to say after such an impressive and definitive tome?
A Hell of a lot actually....
Mach conjures up an eloquent and descriptive depiction of the New England music scene that began in the late Sixties and flourished in the Seventies with awesome bands like Aerosmith, J. Geils, and yes, Thundertrain.
It is a rock and roll Jack Kerouac style journey through the post hippie rock landscape of America during one of its most captivating eras. Along the way, there are tales of excess, police brutality, jail, groupies galore, and brushes with David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Runaways and Phil Lynott. All of these tales absolutely exhilarating.
Of course, the Aerosmith fan is well served as Thundertrain's ascension into Massachussetts musical legend often paralleled the Toxic Twins.
Final chapters on the Joe Perry Project serve as fine compliment to the first book.
I loved both of them as a music fan.
Check them out soon.” Amazon reader My2cents
Let me autograph my book to you personally! I'll send it out in the morning mail! One price $27.99 includes EVERYTHING: the book, shipping and I'll even throw in a kustom BookMach too!
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My first book came out at the end of 2019. A 326 page Diary that explains how I managed to join Joe Perry and his Project... and the 2+ years I spent singing, writing & touring all over the place with Joe & the Project during '82 -'84. These are true-life, rock'n'roll bedtime stories!
In 1979, Joe Perry shocked fans by abruptly leaving Aerosmith and his fellow Toxic Twin Steven Tyler. Opting out during the difficult recording sessions for what became "Night in the Ruts," the guitarist of Aerosmith formed his Joe Perry Project and released the first of three albums. Each record featured a new lineup of the band, the final one enlisting the talents of Boston singer Mach Bell, who had become a local legend as the frontman for the hard-rockin' Thundertrain. Since his band looked at Aerosmith as their prime inspiration, the choice made a whole lot of sense.Mach Bell joined up in 1982 and recorded the third Joe Perry Project album , "Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker," and headed out on an, often-tumultuous series of tour dates.
Those experiences have been chronicled in a new book penned by 'Cowboy' Mach Bell titled after the album he made with Joe Perry, "Once a Rocker, Always A Rocker.” I've known Bell since the dawn of the Boston punk scene in 1976-77 when Thundertrain was in the thick of it riding that blurry line between hard rock glory and punk rock's ethos of grit and humility. This is an exciting look into what was a blurry time for a lot of rockers; good thing someone was writing it all down!
CARTER ALAN - Author and Music Historian and WZLX-FM iHeartRadio Personality,
“Even though it’s in diary form, most of the entries read like prose and tell full stories. Mach often relates things back to the Thundertrain days. So there are many references to the Rat and the 70’s punk scene all the way through. We found all the stories engaging and entertaining…One entry has Joe Perry rolling around on the floor having a fit. The story of their Caracas, Venezuela concert is almost surrealistic. Mach’s writing flows smoothly and makes for an easy read. He has scored with this one.”
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The deluxe, expanded AUDIOBOOK of “Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary” is now available at Audible, Amazon and iTunes/AppleBooks.
Featuring monumental Boston rocker Greg“Earthquake”Morton as Mach's co-narrator. The whole Diary is included PLUS...
Boston radio personality, author and rock historian Carter Alan joins in with his Thundertrain and Joe Perry Project insights (& some buried treasure)…
But there’s more! Joe Perry Project members Danny Hargrove and Charlie Farren drop by to spin personal road tales.
Vivid, new stories are shared, old questions are finally answered, and a gripping, new Final Chapter is premiered…
Mitch goes in-depth with Cowboy on "Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary"
“It’s a fascinating, FASCINATING story.”
- MITCH LAFON
Mach goes one-on-one with the 9 year old podcast sensation.
Digging deeper into the creation & recording of songs like “King of the Kings” “Women In Chains.” Hear the real story behind that weird, strange lyric in “Walk with Me Sally” and much, much more. Kudos to host Thomas S. Orwat Jr. for giving Cowboy the chance to set the record straight!!
New edition of 1983 Joe Perry Project classic. Printed in the Netherlands. I will break the seal & sign it to you.
AUTOGRAPHED CD $29.99
Starfleet mobile production, originally aired on WCOZ-FM.
Gulcher Records released this no holds-barred live 2/1/79 Thundertrain concert at the Summit, Peabody MA.
Liner notes by Mach Bell. Includes Hot For Teacher, Dirty Water, Mama Weer All Krazee Now, Counterattack, I Gotta Rock & more. Autographed CD $19.99
Lawless Records. Mach Bell went back to the city in 2004 and Mach 5 happened! Great sounding arena-punk-hard-rock from Mach, Dee Stroy, Jeff and Jimmy Birmingham.
Liner notes by Mach Bell.
Get It Up, Quincy Girl, Kenmore Square and seven more! Autographed CD $19.99
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- Thanks, Mach
Host Bill McGoldrick jams in -studio with Cowboy Mach who then shares more Rock'n'Roll stories and laughs.
Mach and host Steev Riccardo talk about the Boston and national rock scene, Thundertrain and the Joe Perry Project.
Host Jack McCarthy reunites Mach on air with Jack Tolman, a film maker who shot some of the only Joe Perry Project footage in existence.
Everyone is talking about Harrison Blake Young and his far-out, FUNNY interview with the Cowboy!
Thomas and Joe present their "Top 5 Aerosmith Songs That Were Not Big Hits." Special Guest Cowboy recalls the Aerosmith songs he performed with the Joe Perry Project.
Host Julian asks provocative questions and the Cowboy does his best to come up with the answers!
Bob Anderson welcomes Cowboy to the WATD/WMEX studios! Mach performs Black Velvet Pants for the listeners.
10/4/2020 Cowboy Mach, Earthquake Morton and Danny Hargrove TOGETHER with host Michael Butler on the “Rock and Roll Geek Show!” Coming to YOU straight out of San Francisco!
10/5/20 After I tell some favorite Joe Perry Project, Thundertrain and Aerosmith stories, a “lightning round” begins and Cowboy Mach is quizzed by the host Steev Riccardo! Who is the Cowboy’s favorite Boston Band? a) J.Geils Band b) Duke and the Drivers c) Aerosmith?
10/23/20 Rockin’ the Burg! Here’s a link to my appearance on a brand new broadcast radio show on K-Zone-FM in Fitchburg MA . I'm the first guest along with the Can Collectors and host Derek Drowne.
2/24/20 Here's a great podcast out of Philadelphia. I'm the guest and Hal in Philly has plenty of questions for the Cowboy.!
11/24/19 With Carter Alan on Classic Rock WZLX-FM 100.7 we cover the Boston rock scene, Thundertrain, Joe Perry, Venezuela and who knows what else…
11/21/19 Mach's second news-making appearance on Michael Butler's hit podcast. In this episode Butler reveals his plans to turn "Once a Rocker: A Diary" into a feature film.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WHOSE WORK I HAVE SHARED ON THIS PAGE, IN MY BOOK PROMOTIONS AND IN MY ROCK DIARY.
Big Thanks to: Michael Sparks Keegan, James Papaconstantine, Joe Riccardi, Michael Pellegrini, Mark V. Perkins, Steve Pimpis, Gary Sohmers,
Marc C. Canter, Sean Keenan, Danny Hargrove, Julia Bell, Ron Pownall, Chris Pitrone,
Henry Sancho, AnneMarie Martins, Lynn Ciulla,
Melissa Tyler, Michael Nolette, Barry Brown, Kathy Ivers, Angie Gallarelli, Aaron Bornstein,
Kyle Rundge, Frank White, Eddie Hoar, Tabi Mitchell, Manny Hernandez, Dale Roszkowski,
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