Rockford Rocked Interview: You just finished publishing another book, this one called All My Friends Are Rock Stars. Tell us a little about the book and what inspired you to write it.
Theron Moore: It started out as a documentary film idea I wanted to do in the fall of 2011. Financially it wasn’t feasible so I decided to turn it into a book. I wrote slowly for the first few years, then just threw myself into the book last January deciding to get it done this year. Turned out great, 346 pages.
RRI: This book is not only about the Rockford area music scene like the book (Todd Houston) published last year (called Rockford Area Music History Part I). Your book also includes Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago. Thoughts?
TM: Actually, Just Rockford, Madison and Milwaukee. I’ve decided to cover Chicago later, possibly Vol. 2. Rockford, Madison and Milwaukee were my stomping grounds regarding bands I knew and shows I’d go to see. Milwaukee was more accessible to me than Chicago.
RRI: Did it ever prove difficult tracking down some of the people interviewed and getting them to open up about the crazy days of rock ‘n roll decadence or were most willing to speak freely?
TM: Everyone in the book was 100 percent open to this project and very forthcoming with their answers. Some more so than others, but nothing held back. I tracked everyone down via social media and the web. There were other bands and people involved in the scene I contacted but it didn’t happen due to logistical reasons and busy schedules. No sweat, I’m still a fan. I’m contemplating a Vol. 2 so we’ll see if I can get them in that book.
RRI: What first drew you into music growing up and maybe more importantly what made you want to write about it?
TM: I gravitated towards music at an early age. Got turned onto AC/DC in the fifth grade, so that’d be 1977. My uncle used to cruise me around Freeport cranking Uriah Heep and Sabbath as a kid. Later he got me into punk and introduced me to the Madison scene. I discovered metal on my own in high school. The heavier, the faster, the better. By ’84 I was into Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, still largely unknown bands then. Even did record reviews of such, including Black Flag, in my school newspaper. My father was a writer so I took the cue from him. Been freelancing since ’89.
RRI: I was told that you grew up in Belvidere during the 1980s. From what I remember there wasn’t a whole lot going on there as far as live music venues. How far would you travel to see a band on a Friday or Saturday night?
TM: Madison or Milwaukee, easy, depending on the show. Rockford had a lot of good stuff going on, though. Cherry Lounge was a favorite place of mine.
RRI: I’m going to say a word or phrase and you answer with the first thing that pops into your head. Ready?
RRI: Headbanger’s Ball (MTV Show).
TM: Friends, beer, Saturday night.
RRI: The Thirsty Whale (Chicago music venue).
TM: Fascinated by this venue but never there.
RRI: Headliners (Madison music venue).
TM: Iconic place to see a show.
RRI: Sarkoma (Former Rockford metal band).
TM: Brian Carter, good friend, great band. Should’ve had more success. Criminally underrated.
RRI: Who would win in an arm wrestling contest, Glen Danzig or Henry Rollins?
TM: Hank! Danzig’s doing fat Elvis right now.
RRI: Finally, where can we purchase your new book called “All my friends are Rock Stars”.
TM: Amazon. Here’s the link! amazon.com/All-Friends-Are-Rock-Stars/dp/0692554343/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446438381&sr=1-2