"Golland leaves no stone unturned in this fine-grained chronicle of the rock group Journey.... Golland’s passion and precision make this a pleasure." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Relive Journey’s greatest songs and moments with this fiftieth anniversary tribute
Since exploding on the scene in the late 1970s, Journey has inspired generations of fans with hit after hit. But hidden under this rock ‘n’ roll glory is a complex story of ambition, larger-than-life personalities, and clashes. David Hamilton Golland unearths the band’s true and complete biography, based on over a decade of interviews and thousands of sources.
When Steve Perry joined jazz-blues progressive rock band Journey in 1977, they saw a rise to the top, and their 1981 album Escape hit #1. But Perry’s quest for control led to Journey’s demise. They lost their record contract and much of their audience. After the unlikely comeback of “Don’t Stop Believin’” in movies, television, and sports stadiums, a new generation discovered Journey.
A professional historian, Golland dispels rehashed myths and also shows how race in popular music contributed to their breakout success. As the economy collapsed and as people abandoned the spirit of Woodstock in the late 70s, Journey used the rhythm of soul and Motown to inspire hope in primarily white teenagers’ lives. Decades later, the band and their signature song remain classics, and now, with singer Arnel Pineda, they are again a fixture in major stadiums worldwide.
David Hamilton Golland is a historian, professor, and writer with a wide background in twentieth-century social and cultural history. He is dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University and founder of The Journey Zone (journey-zone.com), the leading source for all things Journey over two decades. Connect with David on Twitter (@DHGolland) and visit his website (davidgolland.com). He lives in Middletown, New Jersey.
Box Office: The Portuguese Cousin
“To Play Some Music,” 1973-1976:
“Wheel in the Sky,” 1977-1978
Drum Solo: Aynsley Dunbar
“Someday Soon,” 1979-1980
Keyboard Solo: Jonathan Cain
“Separate Ways,” 1983-1987
“Running Alone,” 1987-1994
“One More,” 1994-1997
Drum Solo: Steve Smith
“Signs of Life,” 1998-2003
“Don’t Stop Believin,’” 2003-2007
Guitar Solo: Neal Schon
“After All These Years,” 2007-2017
“Castles Burning,” 2018-2023
Band Members, by Album
“Livin’ Just to Find Emotion: Journey and the Story of American Rock affords music lovers with a career-spanning overview of the band’s achievements. In Golland’s skillful hands, this book provides readers with an engaging assessment of Journey’s timeless albums. From the group's early forays into jazz and progressive rock through the artistic and commercial heights of Escape and Frontiers, Golland underscores Journey’s vaunted place among rock ’n’ roll’s pantheon of all-time greats.”
“A fascinating story of Journey, investigating the band dynamics, the clash of egos, and the sheer talent it took for a 1970s San Francisco band to rise to the top of the music industry. It's not just a tale of corporate rock and ambition, but also the re-segregation of rock music after the racial integration of the '60s. A compelling read that had me checking out songs all the way through!”
All too often, Journey is dismissed by uber-serious critics and high-minded fans as unworthy of serious analysis. Lucky for us, David Hamilton Golland disagrees. In a comprehensive and thoughtful volume, Golland skillfully traces the group’s tumultuous fifty-year history. He paints complex portraits of its current and past members and cleverly unpacks Journey’s identity as a “corporate” rock band by documenting the legal maneuvering and empire building that underpins its massive success. Most importantly, however, Golland never loses sight of what made Journey a household name: its magical catalog of smash hits. You won’t stop reading.