Keith Richards LIFE (book review)

I had bought this book not knowing too much about Keith Richards or the Rolling Stones, other than the infamous stories everybody knows.

From the first page of this book until about page 120 or so everything was very hard to understand for me. “Keef” explains every detail about his childhood from growing up in the streets that were bombed to going with his grandpa to bars. Throught the 1st quarter of the book you learn a lot about his choir days in school til when his voice cracked and he got kicked out of the choir.

This is by far the longest book I have read. It took me a while and while I did enjoy most of it, the first 120 or so pages didnt really interest me that much. It was cool finding out about his childhood and growing up during that time, but it was just kinda boring for me.

Now, I read this book (like many people did) wanting to know more about the infamous “blood transfusion” in Switzerland. Of course Keith explains that it was all made up because he was just sick and was going to Switzerland to get “cleaned” from drugs, and basically he meant what he said as a joke (at least thats what I understood from it). Another famous incident we all want to know is the “mars bar”. That one is exolained but it is not what I was thinking it would be (like many of the stories)

Of course throughout the book are all the crazy stories about drugs and cheating death. I got the feel that he was saying do drugs, but be careful which ones you do and how much of it you do. Is unbelievable how many drugs he did and yet he’s still alive but a lot of his close friends died overdosing. There are some cool stories about some famous people like John Lennon, Chuck Berry and a lot of the big players back then. Backstage stories are countless throught out this book!

I think a lot of guitar players (like myself) will enjoy this book a lot. Richards explains a lot of their famous songs in detail and what key he plays it in and the different tunings and all the effects used to create their unique sound. Keith explains how he started playing with 5 strings and how he developed his style.

One thing about Richards autobiography is that after you get past the first 120 pages you will not be bored. You will be turning page after page. There are interviews with his son and some of his friends, so you get to hear some of the details from different views. Every little detail about his Life he explains!

Buy this book and if you’re not a fan of the Stones you definately will be after reading it.

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: October 26, 2010
# of Pages: 576

My Life With Deth (book review)

In Dave Ellefson short autobiography you really get to know his story from the very beginning. Even though this is a short book there is a lot of information. Ellefson discusses a lot of the recording process in all of Megadeth albums. From the gear used to the true meaning behind some of their most known songs.

I didnt know much about Dave Ellefson because when I thought of Megadeth I usually thought of Dave Mustaine. Now that I read the story behind the group from the bass player’s perspective I see the big picture. Ellefson is a religious man and takks about it all throughout his book. He went through a lot with his drug abuse and came out on top thanks to God and his willingness to end it all.

Great stories about his full time job with one of his sponsors (which was his main source of income whike he wasnt in megadeth) and working as a producer. You also get to find out a little more about his side project F5 (which I didnt even have any idea of, cause once again, when I think of Megadeth I think of Mustaine). I only wish there were more details of when Dave Ellefson sued Mustaine for 18 million dollars.

This was an awesome book and one I would recommend to a true die hard Megadeth fan.

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Publisher: Howard Books
Release Date: October 29, 2013
# of Pages: 256

The Heroin Diaries (book review)

If you’re a fan of Motley Crue or Nikki Sixx or “The Dirt” then this is a must read.

The Heroin Diaries is a boom about exactly what it says: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rockstar. The reading is from Nikki Sixx’ diaries that he wrote from December 1986 to December 1987. Throughtout the whole book there are the diaries themselves and along them are also short stories or comments from Nikki’s closest people at the time like his mother, the guys in motley crue, slash, and a few of the roadies and managers.

This book I must say is not an autobiography. If you want an autobiography then read “The Dirt”. This was not meant to be a funny book either. It shows what a dark place Sixx was at the time and all the drugs he did are detailed with an exact time and a place.

The design of this book is very cool too. It has blood splatters and dark grotesque pictures all throughtout. Only thing I wish there was is a section dedicated just for pictures (usually halfway through the book). Towards the end of the book you get an update on what Nikki and Motley have been up to since he wrote this diaries.

With the amount of drugs he did it amazes me how well he kept up with the diary. I was left wanting more of this book! What an amazing story! I could go on for a while abiut this book but I dont want to spoil any of it.

Awesome book and a must read for a fan!

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Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: October 8, 2008
# of Pages: 432

Bringing Metal to the Children (book review)

I read this book while I was at work in a matter of a few hours (yes I read more than I worked today)

While Zakk Wylde talks about his childhood and all his years playing with Ozzy and his own band Black Label Society, this is in no way an autobiography of himself. This book is more of a what to do and not to do in the music business and how to survive if you were a true berzerker.

Bringing Metal to the Children jumps all over the place and has all these weird viking stuff going on. However from chapter to chapter you get an inside story of different things that happened while on tour and all the pranks band member pull on each other. I found myself laughing outloud A LOT!! This book is full of all of those hilarious stories! There is the “diet coke” from Dimebag, which I think was one of the funniest. There are also inserts with stories from a lot of famous people including Wylde’s wife, who putss up with a lot in this book. I fou d myself with my jaw wide open when I read what he says about his wife.

Get go and get this book, it will take you on a ride of hilarity, you will not be dissapointed!!

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Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: April 10, 2012
# of Pages: 320

I am Ozzy (book review)

Everyone thinks (including me) that Ozzy with this satanic person who killed dogs and bit the heads of bats and pigeons. Well let me say that after reading this book I ve changed my opinion about him. Yes he did bite the head off a bat and a pigeon, but killing puppies on stage was never done.

Ozzy’s autobiography had me laughing hysterically. The way he tells you the stories is just priceless. Like the “Harry Bollocks” or when some guy in Philadelphia thought Black Sabbath was a band of black guys.

The Osbournes was the show that according to Ozzy himself put them through the roof in fame. He talks about how the show started and how he didnt really like being followed all the time with the cameras.

Ozzy also spends a lot of time talking about his childhood which is really cool because it gives us readers a good look into his growing up back then. He takes us to the forming of Black Sabbath and how the recorded some of the very first albums. His solo career of course was a big part of this book and you get to learn a lot about Rhandy Rhoads from the man himself.

This was most definetaly aone of the funniest book I have read so far. Get yourself this book and you will not be dissapointed with the countless hilarious stories!

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Publisher: Grand Central
Release Date: January 25, 2010
# of Pages: 401

Save Me From Myself (book review)

This was a short book only at 228 pages so it was a fast read, actually it only took me a few hours in all to finish it.

After all these years of being a fan of Korn I can now understand how and why he left the band. Not enough people today give Korn the credit they deserved and the obstacles they had to go through to make it.

Head’s story is very heart warming, one that will have wanting to change your life after reading it. This book has definately all of the typical stories of drugs and women and crazy stuff that happens backstage. His story goes from being in one of the biggest bands and using lots of drugs to being completely dedicated to God. Brian most definetaly makes thst known from the beginning.

While the book is short, it sheds a light on a lot of questions we (fans) had about him quitting the band. The last 3rd part of this book is completely dedicated to God, some of the work he did in India building orphanages for the poor and his baptism. And tells a detailed story how he was afraid to meet the “Head Hunters” Tribe.

I hope Head comes out with another book now that he has rejoined Korn. Maybe telling stories about being on the road now that he has been sober for many years, and how the tours are since he’s dedicated his life to God.

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Publisher: HarperCollins Books
Release Date: June 24, 2008
Pages: 240

It’s so Easy and other Lies (book review)

“Its so Easy” is a fast read (at least for me) due to the fact that it has 63 small chapters, which kept me flipping page after page without boring me with loooong chapters.

This book shows a very in depth look at Duff Mckagan’s live. He comes off as a very smart person and his story should be an inspiration to anyone. As the bassist for GnR nobody would think this guy was so talented, but his story tells different.

This autobiography of course comes with all of the “war” stories of sex, drugs and rock and roll. But it is also full of stories of how he went to Seattle University and did everything he could to get his Degree. He could call his professor or fellow students while on tour to discuss class projects. Theres a side to Duff’s book I did not see coming.

Everything from Guns n Roses to Velvet Revolver is discussed. Even how Duff himself helped Scott Weiland get sober for a while. One of the funniest stories in this book is when the “LABEL MANAGER” came town to Velvet Revolver’s rehearsal space to sign them to a deal.

If you read Slash’s autobiography first then you’ll understand some of the GnR stuff much better, as the stories are told in a very similar way.

Very inspirational book and Im glad I didnt  put this book off for much longer

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Publisher: Touchstone Books
Release Date: October 4, 2011
# of Pages: 384