On October 15, 1967, bass player Steve Boone took the Ed Sullivan Show stage for the final time, with his band The Lovin’ Spoonful. Since forming in a Greenwich Village hotel in early 1965, Boone and his bandmates had released an astounding nine Top 20 singles, the first seven of which hit the Billboard Top 10, including the iconic Boone co-writes “Summer in the City” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.”
Little did Steve Boone know that the path of his life and career would soon take a turn for the bizarre, one that would eventually find him looking at the world through the bars of a jail cell. From captaining a seaworthy enterprise to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. from Colombia, to a period of addiction, to the successful reformation of the band he’d helped made famous, Hotter Than a Match Head tells the story of Boone’s personal journey along with that of one of the most important and enduring groups of the 1960s.
Steve Boone is a member and owner of The Lovin’ Spoonful and performs regularly at concerts across Canada and the U.S. He lives on the northeast coast of Florida. Tony Moss is a senior editor at CBSSports.com in Fort Lauderdale and is the author of A Season in Purgatory: Villanova and Life in College Football’s Lower Class (2007). He lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
Published: August 2014
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.
"Damn if you won't be unable to put the damn thing down . . . People send me these books all the time and I skim them and toss them. But not Hotter Than A Match Head: Life On The Run With The Lovin' Spoonful, because of those songs." — The Lefsetz Letter
"This book sheds some much-needed light on one of the classic American bands of the 1960s and forces an honest reappraisal of their music … after reading this I'm even more of a fan, which makes Hotter Than a Match Head a great rock memoir in my book." — The Rock and Roll Chemist
"Whew. It’s a wild ride and Boone’s has some serious storytelling talents (and got himself into some hairy situations) . . . Hotter Than a Match Head tells it all in bright, colorful fashion. I mean, we all believe in magic, right?" — BLURT Magazine
"Unlike most memoirs of this type, it pays a lot of attention to the records, songs, and how they were recorded – and not just the hits, but all of the album tracks as well." — RichieUnterberger.com