[tps_title]Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen [/tps_title]
Who? Well, they were a one-hit wonder in the early 70s for an decent-ish cover of Charlie Ryan’s “Hot Rod Lincoln,” but that’s not why they’re here. One of the greatest books ever written on the music industry is Geoffrey Stokes’ scathing 1976 work Star Making Machinery, which told the story of how the suits at their label tried to force them to turn their sound into something more middle-of-the-road, and their refusal to do so basically tanked their career. The book has been out of print for years and is screaming for a film adaptation.