Kenny Loggins talks Top Gun, yacht rock, new memoir ‘Still Alright’
, 2022-06-19 07:00:27,
For Kenny Loggins, writing his memoir was “a cross between therapy and deposition.”
The book, out this month, challenged him to remember anecdotes about his excessively fertile music career: As a folk-pop troubadour with Jim Messina in the ’70s, undeniable czar of movie soundtracks in the ’80s, thoughtful environmentalist in the ’90s and yacht-rock hero of the current day.
But “Still Alright” (Hachette, 304 pp), co-written with Jason Turbow, isn’t just a musical chronicle of the guy as famous for “Footloose” as he is “Danny’s Song” and the everlasting “House at Pooh Corner.”
Tales of drug use and salty language throughout are the inverse of Loggins’ image of the blazer-sporting adult contemporary soft-rocker. He jokes to USA TODAY that he hoped to splatter that impression with sardonic appearances on the animated TV series “Archer” and “Family Guy” over the past decade.
To promote the book, which he started writing in late 2020, Loggins will pop into a few West Coast book stores this month for signings. And on July 15-16, he’ll play the Hollywood Bowl with Messina for the duo’s 50th anniversary, which Loggins confirms will be the last time they play together.
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“It’s hard to believe from where I’m sitting – how did I get this old?” Loggins, 74, asks rhetorically. “It happens so fast when you’re looking back.”
In a recent interview, the musician candidly expounded on some of the topics in his book – Michael McDonald, “Top Gun” – and explained his philosophy for a great memoir:
Question: So that “Top Gun” sequel seems to be popular. What’s your reaction to the renewed interest in “Danger Zone”?
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