In Babysitting A Band On The Rocks, G.D Praetorius tells his story of a young adulthood accelerated by a chaotic life producing rock concerts in clubs, theatres and arenas across the Northeast for a promoter during the early 1980s, the summit of rock star excess. Centered around a year of living on the edge with a down and out Steven Tyler and Aerosmith, the work includes side trips involving other ’70s and ’80s icons from ACDC to Van Halen, plus some more recent encounters with classic rock personalities including Keith Richards and Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee. His adolescent love affair with rock evolves into an appreciation of performers as people, featuring an intimate peek at their foibles, failings and addictions to adoration and varied vices. Babysitting A Band On The Rocks is also full of photos of performers onstage and off, many never before available to the public.
“Praetorius has a very unpretentious way with words, and a sincere, humble and refreshing approach to reel you in. Before I knew it, I started turning the pages, wondering what was going to happen next. The man’s innate skill as a wordsmith makes the content sizzle…He was there when Aerosmith hit rock bottom and singer Steven Tyler was literally down and out. He promoted shows with an up-and-coming Van Halen, running wild…Directly or indirectly, Praetorius rubbed shoulders with AC/DC, the Allman Brothers Band, Pink Floyd, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, and many others…With all the rock and roll books on the market, Babysitting A Band On The Rocks is most definitely a worthwhile spin through one man’s trials and tribulations of breaking into one of the most notorious and craziest businesses of the 20th century.” VintageRock.com
“’Drama is the stuff that rock bands are made of’…One of the shrewd observations strewn here…To retain wide-eyed wonder after all those years is not only difficult but also more important that to have been a witness or even participant – willing or otherwise – of musicians’ many shenanigans…Praetorius respectfully managed to distance himself from it all to tell some riveting stories.” LetItRock
“If you’re a major rock nerd that can’t live without this stuff…If you live and breathe ‘70s and ‘80s rock morning, noon and night…If you’re that guy, or gal, then this book will be a treasure trove for you.” ClassicRockRevisited
“Praetorius has written a book that deserves to be read by any fan of rock… He treats his subjects with respect, though he is no doe-eyed cataloger of rock gods. If you want icky, back of the room stories, look elsewhere. If you want to hear about a guy who got lucky, who worked hard, and who experienced an amazing ride…this is a book for you. This is his story to tell and he tells it well. Can’t recommend it enough.” BringBackGlam