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Former Aerosmith Manager to Boston Magazine: Dream On

JoePerryRocksCoverWhile the first couple of article commenters are questioning the evidence presented by former Aerosmith manager Steve Leber, the editors of Boston magazine are convinced. They’ve changed the online headline of their original October issue article featuring an excerpt from Joe Perry‘s new memoir Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith and posted a correction that will also appear in the December print issue’s Letters to the Editor section.

Leber wrote in to adamantly deny the insinuation, in the excerpted book passage, that a framed copy of a check referenced by Perry suggested his firm had been directly paid proceeds from a Concert for Bangladesh. Leber sent Boston magazine a copy of what he says is the correct check – made out to the concert organizers – and took the publication to task:

I’d like to set the record straight and wish you had called me to check the facts before you printed the piece, which essentially calls me a crook and accuses me of stealing from a charity. A copy of the check Joe Perry refers to in the article is attached. As you and your readers can see, it is not made out to me, as Mr. Perry asserts, but it is, in fact, made out to United Nations Children’s Fund for Relief to Refugee Children of Bangladesh.

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David Ritz Has Five Books Out This Year

Mere mortals are happy with one biography or ghostwriting effort making it on to Amazon in a given year. But David Ritz long ago ceased being merely mortal.

In 2014, Ritz is responsible as a ghostwriter for the autobiographies of Rick James (July 8), Aerosmith’s Joe Perry (October 7) and Andrew Dice Clay (November 11). Today, he’s also got a biography of Aretha Franklin out, which follows his 1999 collaborative effort with the singer on her autobiography.

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Celebrity Biographer David Ritz Gives Ghostwriting Tips

The list of celebrities that David Ritz has worked with is daunting: Ray Charles, R. Kelly, Aretha Franklin and Joe Perry, just to name a few. But the man who has ghostwritten so many autobiographies never set out to do that. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s Hey, How’d You Do That? series, Ritz tells how he became a successful ghostwriter and gives advice to those with similar aspirations.

“When I first met Ray Charles, I didn’t know about ghostwriting; I was just going to do a biography of him,” Ritz recalled. “And then his agent asked me, ‘Which book would you be more interested in reading: a book about Ray Charles written by an egghead or a book written in his own voice?’ I told him that I would much rather read the book written in his own voice, and he told me, ‘You should write the book you would want to read, not the one you believe you should write.’ And that was a big turning point for me.”

For more, read Hey, How’d You Build a Successful Ghostwriting Career, David Ritz? [subscription required]