A quick way to order the book is using the direct links on the Head East Official webpage:

That Address is:

head-east.com  - and observe the Book's Promo

 

The links provided are to:  Amazon.com

and

BarnesandNoble.com

 

You are searching for the title:

Head East: A Labor of Love

 

Additionaly, all of the latest news about Head East is always found on this, their Official Site managed by Drew Willis, their great webmaster.

 

 

I am told Amazon.com is much faster at getting books out and many people have told me they have already received their copy.

 

Another method is to go to the local Barnes and Noble Booksellers store and place an order at the counter.

 

No books are on the store shelves just yet and I have been informed that downloads for the book will be available starting about the end of October. They may be downloaded then to ALL eBook readers. The date for this will be posted here ASAP.

 

DO NOT search for my name for the book because you will find “The Other Steve Huston” who is a famous painter and artist, and there is also a famous lawyer with the same name. Unless of course, you'd rather read about art and law instead of rock 'n roll.

 

THIS IS IMPORTANT: Many if not all of you are Facebook friends and as we all know, everybody has many other online friends who are not mutual friends with everybody else, so please share, share, and share this information so the word gets around to everybody we know.

 

AND DON’T FORGET to add your own comments to the share so your friends will pay attention to it – something as simple as “I think you will like this” would be a great comment to add!

 

The Publisher made the suggested retail price $24.95, but that doesn’t mean everybody will charge the same, so you should check the actual book price just to make sure they are the same at both places. It’s possible the price could be a little less at one place or the other. Amazon seems to have different prices and I do not know how that works so check it out! So far I have not been made aware of what the download price will be yet.

 

The book has 236 pages, 33 stories altogether, and 23 photographs, several in full color including the front and back covers.

 

AND ALSO PLEASE KNOW THIS: During the 2019 Head East Reunion Tour, if you bring your copy of my book to the show with you, I will be more than happy to sign it for you! 2019 is going to be a very special year, so for concert locations watch this website and head-east.com for complete information!

 

 

 

And THANKYOU EVERYONE, and please ENJOY!

 Do not hesitate to tell me what you like and what you don't like. I can't exactly just "change what the book sez" but we can talk about it. But I hope you just enjoy it!

 

 

An Important Notice About the Book

Or, stealing from Bill Shakespear, call this

“To Buy or Not to Buy” (Wow, what a question!)

 

So far all that I have said about the book is that it is about Head East and also about my life, which is mostly told from the standpoint of being a founder of Head East and all of the wonderful adventures and incredible events from that experience.

 

So it is time to issue a blanket response to debunk the many, many “loaded messages” I have been receiving from so many people asking for details in advance to the book’s release. The best way to explain this is to generally explain what the book is, and start off with what it is not:

 

Head East A Labor of Love is not a tell-all rag designed to expose the trash on anybody, defame anybody’s reputation, present anyone in a shadowy shady light, or give cause for people to utter that time worn phrase, “Ah Ha, I thought so!”

 

It is also not the place where sadly, many folks kinda sorta secretly hope to see their names because they were involved in some way in a weird event with one or more of us. I have only named principal players such as the guys in the band, the road crew guys, some of the record company guys, et cetera. There just wasn’t room to name everybody we know.

 

The fact of this matter is, strange and weird things were commonplace around us all the time, everyday, no matter where we were, or what we were doing. It was just part of being out on the big time road and weird was just part of that. And you get used to it. As Glenn Frey said in some extremely apropos lyrics, “You just get numb.”

 

THAT SAID, this is what IT IS:

I like to tell stories. So much more important than just the telling of stories, I enjoy telling stories that are worth telling.  When strange and weird things happen to you on a regular basis that perhaps never happen at all to most of the other people you will ever meet, those people seem to enjoy hearing about those things. So in this book, that’s what I have done. Trust me, you can’t make this stuff up.

 

The fabulous thing about these strange and weird things is they often are so funny that they not only border on, they often crossover into the absurd. Ridiculously absurd. Things that seem so obviously and wildly far off base, you suddenly realize. . .

that the runner is actually safe! Huh?

 

The Allman’s sang, “And the road goes on forever…” and it does. And so many times these things are so hilarious that tears are shed daily in their wake. And yes, there are also tears that come with the inevitable and occasional sadness that arises but thankfully, the up feelings for us always vastly outweighed the down.

 

These are stories that maybe some of you have heard before, but probably just a few. Most of you have heard none of them.

 

And it’s not a perfect book. There are a few mistakes sprinkled throughout so it is not “perfect” but then, neither am I. . . Or anyone else I know. This was written from the heart, not in the English comp class.

 

We weren’t a perfect band, but we sure had some fun! This book is about a lot of different things, but it is mostly about having fun.

 

2019 Concert Update

 

Lots of people have been messaging me on Facebook about the upcoming shows in 2019 that will feature the 4 surviving members of Head East on stage together for the first time in well over 30 years. Because it is becoming impossible to reply to everyone who is interested, I am posting everything I know about these concerts here, and will continue to post information as it becomes available.

 

The first answer is “Yes! The original 4 will be there.” Roger Boyd, John Schlitt, Mike Somerville, and me (Steve Huston) will be performing together at these shows. We believe at this point the concerts will begin sometime in May, and will continue into the summer and possibly beyond, but of course will not go on endlessly, 2019 is the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the band being together.

 

The Head East of Today will be performing at these shows as well; in fact, they will do their own show first, and then provide much of the music for the original four A&M Records band members. Right now, for these shows we are seriously considering playing every song found on Flat As A Pancake, as well as all of the tunes that continue to be fan favorites.

 

Another question being asked is, “Where will these concerts occur?” Nothing is set in stone yet however rest assured, at least one (or two) shows will be in Kansas City and there will certainly be show(s) in St. Louis. There is some talk about a few State Fair appearances, and of course some of the larger clubs and casinos are interested. Several other Midwest cities are being discussed at this time as well but still no details. As I said, check back here because I will put it up as soon as I know anything.

 

We all look forward to this great time together next year and hope to see all of you at one or more of these concerts! Long Live the Head East Family!

 

 

True Head Easters will recognize this as the back cover photo of FLAT AS A PANCAKE on Pyramid Records.

Hello, I'm Steve Huston

Welcome to my webpage. Most everyone reading this right now knows that I am one of the original founders of the rock group Head East. Roger Boyd and I started the band when we were in high school and it flouished into the Classic Rock Band that lives on today.

 

Here I will provide some information about myself that I am asked about frequently. I have put in place a forum space for your comments and please respect the ground rules about being nice to eveyone. No rude or vulgar comments will be displayed. You may make your comments at the bottom of this entire website.

Thanks for visiting and check back frequently for new details about everything coming up!

This costume was created by one of the lovely ladies who custom made our stage clothes. "Yat" was a nickname I picked up in college, and it has stuck with me ever since. The lady costumer who made this thought it would be a cool look for the stage and I agreed to wear it. But I really do not know what the name means...

I am THE YATMAN! Many of you know this is the back cover of my book, " Head East: A Labor of Love."

THIS IS MY STORY (at least most of it)

BIO

 

I'm writing this biography myself rather than have you read some of the things I've seen written about me when somebody else wrote it. They weren't always bad or poorly written, they were just sometimes a bit incomplete or a little inaccurate, in my opinion.

 

Most of you know my true love has always been Head East. In my book I explain many things that don't need to be repeated here so I recommend that you read Head East: A Labor of Love by yours truly for yourself. The publisher tells me the book is slated for release in late October or early November and will be available on Amazon.com in paperback form and will be downloadable to computer and tablet.

 

UPDATE: The book is now more than likely going to be released and available later in November, I don't believe the publisher can get their act together by October and do not want them to hurry, they've done such a good job so far. BUT, I also believe it will prove itself to everyone to be well worth the wait. I had a lot of fun remembering and writing about all of these things and hope you will have fun reading about these adventures.

 

Paperbacks will also be sold at Barnes and Noble Booksellers if enough people bug them about stocking it at their local store. But I will reiterate a few things here about myself that the book reveals in case anybody has trouble locating a copy. But for the actual "stories about the band" you will need to read the book.

 

I grew up out in the country in Southern Illinois and am grateful that I did; living among good people taught me how to be a good person and I hope I am sucessful in my attempts at being considered worthy of your friendship.

 

Music has and always will be my passion, however mainly because of insistance from my parents, I attended college (on and off) for over the first 40 years of my life. First was Kaskaskia in Southern Illinois and then I went on to Eastern Illinois University but left school in favor of pursuing a professional music career.

 

Those years were wonderful years and the band saw a great deal of success: During my time as an original member of Head East we were signed to A&M Records of Los Angeles, were awarded gold records, toured almost constantly and ultimately played at festivals held in Major League Baseball and NFL Football stadiums. I retired from the stage in the early eighties.

 

After leaving the band I started working in a recording studio owned by a good friend because I felt actual envy for recording studio engineers and producers because they were so very good at the things I wanted to do. Over the years I learned this craft from my friend and a few other excellent engineers and after much hard work, attained the title of Chief Engineer.

 

Once static rather than mobile, it was possible to return to school and with a nickle in my pocket from being in a successful band, I finished my undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey. Not believing that it was enough, I enrolled in and graduated from, a graduate program at the University of London in England.

 

While working as Chief Engineer in a recording studio in Houston, Texas where I relocated to make my home there, I was offered and accepted a position in a highly respected private college known as the Art Institute of Houston, where I taught Audio Production in their $1.6 million state of the art recording studio for 20+ years.

 

While enjoying that time, I returned to school once more to acquire a Masters Degree in Audio Production from Goddard College, located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, just to ensure there could never be any question about my academic credentials.

 

I am retired now, well mostly. I was seriously injured in 2015 and because of that surgery, my drumming is very limited these dayz but I still bang around on my kit at home where I "entertain myself and annoy my neighbors." But I still join the band that will last forever on stage from time to time and have an absolute ball with them and enjoy the company of the "Head East Family" who are a collection of great, caring, and wonderful fans.

 

I still produce a recording project now and again when it "seems and feels right" to do so, and am active in my church. Kas, the love of my life and I share our home together and she is very good to me and very good for me. She still refuses to retire completely from her own business and occasionally still acts and sings with Community Theater. I totally agree with friends who say, "I am a very lucky man!"

About the book, HEAD EAST: A LABOR OF LOVE

 

This book is a collection of stories mostly about my time in the band. There are a few short references to other times in my life to explain who I am and why I'm like that, (ha) but it's pretty much a book about HEAD EAST and what that entire experience was like and what it was all about.

 

It took a very long time to compile these memories, I would guess I've been "working on this project" for many years. I used to keep a journal when we were constantly on the road and when that was full, started using hotel stationery and scraps of paper. I stashed everything in my acoustic guitar case that I carried much of the time, not always, but remember we were under contract and were required to come up with new tunes for new albums even if the task at hand was a tour.

 

The publishing company has been both a blessing and a curse in that they consistently tried to "convert" my expressions into proper English composition as dictated by the Chicago Manual of Style, the "bible" as it were, for written works. After literally months of disputes here and there, I usually won these disagreements. One example: I had to be firm in stating that the name of the album I am "talking about here" is NOT "Getting Lucky." It's Gettin' Lucky. There are numerous other examples where the entire meaning was getting lost. I realized that I had to let the editors "win a few battles" in order for me to "win the war." Overall, I am very pleased with this effort and I hope you will be too. Let me brag a little... the very few who have read some of the passages say they like it!

 

Another thing I wish to point out is this book will cost a little more than the average run-of-the-mill paperback because I also won the fight about color. They wanted all of the pictures in black and white and I said NO. Many of the photos in the book are in fact black and white pictures but I wanted the color pictures printed in color. Duh.

 

They said that it would make the book cost more to buy. I said it didn't matter how many copies got sold. They said I was crazy. I thought Good, now they know that too.

 

BELOW IS THE BOOK'S FRONT COVER.

The actual book size is 9" X 6"

 

The Foreword by Brad Martin is a very well written piece. Send him a "hello and well done!"