Chapter 7: Blood on Blood (Rock ‘n’ Roll Families)

The most violent, explosive running feuds in rock bands are between brothers: Ray Davies and Dave Davies of the Kinks, Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis. It makes sense if you think about it: if you’re the leader of a successful group, your world is groupies, peeled grapes and color-sorted M&Ms. But while everybody around you, down to the drummer, is deferring to you and your artistic whims, there’s one guy in the band who not only isn’t snapping to attention, he knows exactly what to say to wind you up. And that’s how fights start onstage.


  1. Is Gibby of the Butthole Surfers really the son of a TV children’s-show host?
  2. Does Steven Tyler ever find himself inappropriately attracted to his daughter Liv?
  3. Is Brian Eno royalty?
  4. Is Hank Williams Jr. really Kid Rock’s father?
  5. Did Kurt Cobain really write all the songs on Hole’s Live Through This?
  6. Is Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” about herpes?
  7. The White Stripes—what’s the deal with those two crazy kids? Brother and sister? Boyfriend and girlfriend?
  8. I heard that one member of ABBA came from a Nazi family–is that true?
  9. Have any twins have been in rock bands before Good Charlotte?
  10. Is it true that Jim Gordon, drummer on practically every ’70s album, is in prison for killing his mother?
  11. Are Victoria Williams and Lucinda Williams related?
  12. I heard that “Saved by the Bell”‘s Dustin Diamond and the Beastie Boys’ Mike Diamond are related–and they do look similar. Is there any truth to this?
  13. Did Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart hang out with the Manson family?