The Guy Who Got No Doubt Discovered Needs Your Help With His New Book

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Tazy Phyllipz


Tazy Phyllipz has literally made a career out of helping unknown bands grow their audiences. If you don't believe me, just ask No Doubt, Sublime and Maroon 5 - three groups who received airplay on Phyllipz's radio program The Ska Parade long before corporate America knew what a hollaback girl was. But now it's time for that good fortune to come Phyllipz's way as the radio host - who broadcasts The Ska Parade on Phoenix, Ariz.'s KUKQ from his home studio - has created an Indiegogo campaign to fund a book he is writing that will detail his experiences in the music industry. The Irvine resident has a goal of $35,000 and hopes that money will cover expenses for things such as a page designer and a copy editor.

 The Ska Parade has been on the air for more than 20 years, which means Phyllipz has a lot of potential stories to include. Because of these numerous tales and his financial situation, the would-be author says his book is not yet finished, but explains that more money equals more chapters. As of this writing, Phyllipz's campaign has 31 days remaining and has earned a total of $816, so if it's ska stories you want, you best be donating! We caught up with Phyllipz via email to talk about his book and his motivation for wanting to spill the beans.

See Also:
*No Doubt in Their Own Words
*Sublime vs. No Doubt?
*Sophie Muller on Filming No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom Days


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READ: An Excerpt from Duff McKagan's Memoir, 'It's So Easy: And Other Lies'

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The following is an excerpt from Duff McKagan's memoir, It's So Easy: And Other Lies, out now via Simon & Schuster. McKagan is a weekly columnist at our sister paper, seattleweekly.com/reverb. He's be signing books at the Barnes & Noble at South Coast Plaza at 2 p.m. on Saturday (901 B South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa). In the meantime, here's a bit of the highly readable, riveting book by the former Guns N' Roses bassist.

On Thursday, June 6, 1985, we played our first live show with the Appetite for Destruction lineup. The bill at the Troubadour in West Hollywood included Fineline, Mistreater, and, at the very bottom, Guns N' Roses. Slash's high school friend Marc Canter--he turned out to be part of the family that ran Canter's Deli--came and shot pictures. He made prints of each of us the next day so we'd have head shots to put up in the places we played on our tour. That was Friday.
On Saturday, June 8, Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose, Slash, Steven Adler, and I got together to set out for Seattle, a happy bunch of malcontents about to hit the road in search of rock & roll glory, ready to live by our wits in order to prove ourselves and our musical vision--or not. At the very least we thought we had real musical chemistry. That much was obvious even before the tour started.


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