New Biography on Late Cars Member Ben Orr Arrives in November; Listen to Author Joe Milliken and Michele Amabile Dish Details on 1071 The Boss

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Cars fans can dig in to a new biography about the late Benjamin Orr: Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Carswhich will be published on Nov. 11.

The book–written by veteran music journalist and Boston native Joe Milliken–explores Orr’s entire career from his beginnings as a teen growing up in Cleveland to worldwide fame in The Cars through interviews with over 120 band mates (including members of his first group at age 13), friends and family members, as well as over 30 unpublished photos from private collections. The book–which Milliken said was 11 years in the making–honors the man whose voice was heard on the songs of the group’s biggest hits–“Just What I Needed,” “Drive,” “Bye Bye Love,” and of course, “Let’s Go.”

Milliken –who interviewed over 120 band mates (including members of his first group at age 13), friends, family members—called in to 1071 The Boss to talk about the book with mid-day hostess Michele Amabile.

Milliken–otherwise known as “The Jock of Rock”–even shared the real reason the book is being released on Nov. 11. Orr was born Benjamin Orzechowski. His real last name has 11 letters –hence the 11/11 release.

This past April, Orr–who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2000 at the age of 53–was inducted posthumously into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Cars. According to Milliken–who was at the ceremony for the induction–Orr was the only native from Cleveland to have the honor as a Hall inductee.

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