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Memoir helps former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm nown his past

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Lou Gramm has come to peace with an important piece of his past this year.

Via his autobiography, "Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll," and an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame with former Foreigner bandmate Mick Jones, Gramm feels that he's laid claim to his contributions fro the band, which he left on acrimonious terms "a couple of times" before splitting for good in 2004.

"We've had our problems, the two of us," notes Gramm (nee Grammatico), 63. "From stories I've read and people I've talked to, it wasn't that much different than a lot of relationships from main writers in bands. It had its ups and downs, and eventually it just wasn't productive anymore.

"I think that we wrote some very good songs together. We had some great experiences on the road. When I found out about (the Hall of Fame), I called (Jones), and I hadn't talked to him in about 10 years. It was a good conversation."

The Rochester, N.Y.-based Gramm feels that "Juke Box Hero" also paints his story in a good life and is ultimately uplifting despite some dark moments.

"I've been doing a lot of thinking about it over the last few years, considering not only the interesting aspect of music being a dominant piece of my life and my near-misses and finally a successful band," he explains. "I thought it might be interesting to a pretty broad spectrum of people considering the story in all its different aspects.

"I think all things considered, the ups and downs that I went through personally in my career and the successes and failures, I feel that the reality is I'm fortunate that I have my health, I still have a career and I'm coming out of this a winner, I think."

Lou Gramm performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Monroe County Jam at the county fairgrounds, 3775 S. Custer Road, Monroe. Tickets are $25. CAll 734-241-2600 or visit www.monroecountyfair.com.

Web Site: www.monroecountyfair.com

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