Pinera is one of Rock Music's true legends. Record sales by the
groups he recorded and performed with, total over 50 million
His first million-selling gold record was for "Ride
Captain Ride" which he wrote and sang with his group Blues
Image. In the late 1960's, Mike joined, Iron Butterfly.
The Butterfly broke all Music Industry standards by staying at the
top of the charts for over 56 weeks. Their album "In A
Gadda Da Vida", was the first album ever in music
history to receive a Platinum Award.
During this period, Mike became one of the first Rock Artists to
open a video production company. His tours with such legendary
artists as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors,
Eric Clapton and The Cream and many others marked the
beginning of many hours of footage to be filmed and captured for
generations to come.
He then went on to play and record with Ramatam, Cactus,
and Thee Image.
After recording 2 solo albums, "Isla" on Capricorn
and "Forever" on Spector records,
Mike later joined Alice Cooper, recording 2 albums,
“Special Forces” and “Zipper Catches Flesh.” Pinera helped
in composing the songs with Alice, producing the music videos, two
world tours and also a National Network Special in France.
He then co-wrote, co-produced and hosted the first
anti-drug Rock Music documentary "Painscape"
commissioned by The White House and still being shown today