New Book, ‘Shannon,’ Released As Follow-Up To The Classic ‘A Devil On One Shoulder And An Angel On The Other’

In 2008, author/journalist Greg Prato issued his first-ever book, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, which as its title states, retraced the life and career of one of rock’s greatest – yet tragic – singers/performers of all-time.

In the ensuing years, Prato crossed paths with several key figures who were not interviewed for Devil/Angel (including the actress that played the Bee Girl in the “No Rain” video, Heather DeLoach, plus radio personality Matt Pinfield, Live guitarist Chad Taylor, former Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven, and Coheed and Cambria guitarist/major fan Travis Stever, among others) – which now serves as the basis of a follow-up book, Shannon.

Also included is a roundtable discussion with Blind Melon guitarists Rogers Stevens and Christopher Thorn (who examine various topics that were not included in the earlier book), as well as an interviews with the directors of the 2019 documentary film All I Can Say (Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, and Colleen Hennessy), and an expert of Blind Melon bootleg recordings selecting and analyzing the 15 best.

If there were any questions still remaining after A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other, they are most certainly answered in Shannon.

Priced at $16.99 for the paperback and $9.99 for the Kindle version, Shannon is Prato’s 35th book overall.

An author and journalist from New York, Prato’s writing has appeared via such outlets as Songfacts, Vintage Guitar, Guitar World, Consequence of Sound, and BraveWords. He is also the author of several popular books, including Grunge Is Dead: the Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Dark Black and Blue: The Soundgarden Story, and Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star, among many others. And you may have even heard him on one of his radio or TV appearances, which include interviews on The Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show, Eddie Trunk Live, and Feedback (with Nik Carter and Lori Majewski).