Michael C. Luckman

VH1 / Pocket Books, 2005
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(VH1 / Pocket Books; July 2005; $13.95) by Michael C. Luckman is the most unusual book on rock 'n' roll ever written and the most intriguing book on UFOs ever revealed! ALIEN ROCK explores the inside stories of rock stars obsessions and experiences with UFOs - from Elvis Presley and David Bowie to Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Blondie and the Foo Fighters, who record on Roswell Records.

Elvis considered his many UFO sightings to be signs from gods. Michael Jackson, whom many believe to be an alien, is so obsessed by the possibility of life on other planets that he wants to pack up his show and take it to outer space and perform the Moonwalk on the Moon. And along the way, Elton John and David Bowie created Rocketman and Ziggy Stardust, and Sammy Hagar, Rick Wakeman, Dave Davies and Nina Hagen have experienced classic UFO abductions. Is it all coincidence?

From Elvis to the Beatles, from Jerry Garcia to Marilyn Manson, rock stars claim to have seen, communed with, been inspired by, and sometimes even descended from extraterrestrials. ALIEN ROCK is an irreverent, illuminating, all-access pass to the stars' unearthly encounters - some friendly, some frightening, and some frankly bizarre, including:

The birth of Elvis was marked by the appearance of a mysterious blue light over his house.

In August 1974, John Lennon spied a UFO from the window of the penthouse he shared with then-girlfriend, May Pang.

Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful encountered a luminous cigar-shaped mothership while camping in the English countryside in 1968.

Jimi Hendrix told a friend, "I am a spiritual messenger, sent here from another place."

Whether you're a UFO skeptic or a true believer, ALIEN ROCK provides a fascinating new perspective on the long, strange trip that is rock 'n' roll history, and suggests that, wherever the road takes us, we may not be travelling alone.


Michael Luckman is director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research and founder of the Cosmic Majority, an organization that seeks to advance the views of the majority of people living on planet Earth who believe in UFOs, life on other planets throughout the Universe, the paranormal, the New Age and the sanctity of the environment.

He taught the nation's first college course on rock music at the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1971. Luckman's freewheeling "Underground Tonight Show" live on cable television in New York City paved the way for popular television programs like "Saturday Night Live." He also produced several major UFO conventions in New York featuring rock and folk musicians and is the visionary behind the Signal to Space Concerts, a historic event that will beam live rock and pop music to Mars, the Moon and other locations in this Solar System and beyond in the hope of making contact with extraterrestrials.

In his role with the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research, Luckman announced the discovery of two human-like faces on Mars photographed by NASA's Global Surveyor, was the first investigator to expose television's infamous "Alien Autopsy" footage as a hoax, and broke the story of a special initiative by billionaire philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller to open the government's secret X-files.

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