My Life In the Ghost of Planets: The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was by Binky Philips

My Life In the Ghost of Planets: The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was

By Binky Philips

  • Release Date: 2012-05-30
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4.5
From 33 Ratings
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There once was a boy who simply had to make it as a rock star. He learned to play guitar, really play the m**********r, struggling with the uncooperative beast while everyone else basked in the summer's sun and threw various-sized balls at each other. This boy, Brooklyn Heights' Binky Philips, never relented. At the age of 16, he was ready to Form A Band. By the end of 1972, as the guitarist/songwriter for The Planets, Binky was sharing stages with The New York Dolls, KISS, The Ramones, Television, Blondie, et al. Our boy Bink was embedded in the heart of a pure organic moment of creativity and paradigm change as a regular performer at CBGB and Max's Kansas City. In "My Life In the Ghost of Planets," Binky Philips recounts those days of raucous fun and furious heartbreak.


  • Excellent Mini-History of New York Scene

    By jboyg
    A very well-written and fascinating tale of Binky Philips long and ill-fated slog through the byzantine world of CBGB and NY rock with his always on the verge of making it band, The Planets. He is a very good writer and I’m looking forward to hearing some of his music.
  • A great read!

    By B_lundy_
    My only suggestion would be to add LINKS to your music! I look forward to discovering The Planets
  • Needs more words...

    By rmcglamery
    Bink is a prolific writer and this is one of those great looks at a past many people either don't remember, (drink and drugs) or weren't aware of. He makes it easy to put yourself there, but, in my humble opinion, I would have liked to have gone deeper! Tell me more BINK! A great indie film in the making, and there is so much more to tell! A really great read!
  • Just great!

    By forget1!
    Wonderful perspective, and well-written too. Thank you Binky!
  • Everything but the gold...

    By Cody Sokolski
    Binky may not have ever sold a million-trillion records, or lived the life of rock deshabille, but in every other sense, he was a player and one with a real rock'n'roll (btw, the only way to spell it) heart. His life was totally about his band the Planets, and how to make it in the business of Rock. I read his stories, and sometimes I smile, and sometimes I feel for his bad decisions (been there, done that) However, the one thing that is unassailable and that they can never take away from him, was that he lived it, he became it, and he is it. "it" being a true rock'n'roll soul. If you love rock'n'roll, if you care about it, if it courses through your veins, read this book and you will understand more about what it means to be a rock musician, then maybe you ever wanted to, but you will know. This book is up there with Ian Hunter's great book about being on the road. Thanks Bink, for sharing. May you perform windmills on your Les Paul forever!
  • My Life In the Ghost Planets: The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was

    By PR1955
    The "Rock Star" in question JG Philips nee "Binky" not only plays a mean guitar but writes a mean word...From his well remembered stories in The Huffington Post to this...And boy howdy can he remember... A true must read for any fan or participant of the NY rock scene of the 1970's... In fact a must read for any fan of R&R... Thanks for the memories Bink !!!