Jay Dobyns: No Angel (book review)

What an intense story! Ive seen documentaries on tv about this case and thats what made me want to read this book, to find out more details that were not discussed in the documentary.

While I found it an interesting story, it comes off as if he wrote this book to be made into a movie, a movie of him being the “star”. There are a few things I found odd. Like when he told the stories they almost sounded too good, Im not saying it was made up but it just felt too good to be true (chapter 32 as reference).

All throughout the book Dobyns talks not only what he is experiencing as an undercover, but he also talks about his family and how theyre are all dealing with, whether is good or bad. For such a long investigation there were little to no arrests, mostly probation and months behind barrs.

Bottom line is that there is always 2 sides to the story and then there is the truth, this is his story.

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Publisher: Crown
Release Date: February 10, 2009
# of Pages: 352

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Scott Weiland: Not Dead and Not For Sale

Youd think that for a man who worte some of the biggest hits of the 90s and 00s with STP and Velvet Revolver he would know how to write a book a little bit better. What a short and dissapointed book.

Many of the book pages are filled with blank pages or unnecessary big font typing. There are also many black empty pages all over. This is just a mess. There couldve been easily 80 pages removed from the book. It took me just a bit over an hour to finish it.

There are many stories that he starts but doesnt finish them, or would say “down in New Orleans we found ourselves in the wrong neighboorhood in the wrong hotel but we were to dumb to know. We just kept partying” and thats where it ends, and he jumps to another story. He could have developed more into that situation. The editors shouldve helped him write this book more!

I wouldnt recommend this book to anyone! Theres nothing new here that you cant find over the internet. Im glad it onky took a little bit of my time and I didnt get stuck reading this book for a few days. I hope Scott writes another book in the future and redeems himself!

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Publisher: Scribner
Release Date: May 17, 2011
# of Pages: 288

William Queen: Under and Alone (book review)

I started reading this book in the early morning at work, and by night the same day I was done reading it. What an incredible story.

I got interested in this book because I saw the episode of “Gangland” where the showed this story. I wanted to find out more and in the book the author does a really good job at leaving you eager for more. What a page turner.

William Queen infiltrated the Mongols and eventually became a high ranking member in his 28 month undercover investigation. Throughout there are moments where his cover almost gets blown because he was told to do drugs or help commit other crimes. There are some really good moments that leave you biting your nails as you read, and you hope he gets out of the situation alive.

I felt like he really liked the Mongols and he felt the brotherhood was real, such as the moments when they all said they loved him when his mother died, even when none of Queen’s ATF partners said anything to him. There is one chapter towards the end that left me teary eye, as “Billy St John” did something for a Mongol’s kids birthday.

Overall a really good book that will keep you up late at night and you will read it in no time.

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Publisher: Random House
Release Date: April 5, 2005
# of Pages: 270

Anvil: The Story of Anvil (book review)

So like many of you I got this book because I wanted to know more about these 2 guys who inspired so many musicians. I wanted learn about the guys who made a pact to rock together forever. Their journey was long, hard, and at times hilarious.

This autobiography starts at the very beginning of their years, even before forming Anvil, and goes all the way up to when the movie was released. These 2 guys describe their story of tough touring conditions, making albums, and getting paid all while creating songs for their next album. Lips and Robb’s story is one that teacher everyone not to give up. Even when being at the lowest of the low.

They really do a great job at trying to explain in as much detail as possible the making of some of their most iconic albums and it gives the reader the impression that you are right there with them through the recordings and the touring.

As touching as their story is and as awesome as the movie is, there are a couple of things I found a bit upsetting with the book. One is that Robb mostly (sometimes Lips) refer to themselves as these “rock gods” that changed history, and while they did to a degree, they make it sound in the book as if theyve invented rock n roll and their genre. The second thing that bothered me the most was how they referred to other bands as “lame ass musicians”. They call bands like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and others lame ass when in fact theyve sold millions and millions of records and have fans all over the world. I also found odd how they kept calling their bandmates lame ass and how they didnt have any talent whatsoever.

With all that said, I recommend everybody to watch the movie and then read the book and compare for yourself. And take also in consideration that these guys influenced some of the biggest bands today, yet somehow they got lost in the shuffle and never quite made it as big.

With all of the above said, im still a big Anvil fan and their music never gets old, and I can understand why they were frustated at the time. Big respect to Anvil for sticking around for as many years as they have!

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Publisher: Transworld
Release Date: March 13, 2009
# of Pages: 320

Juanes: Chasing the Sun (book review)

I think this book, while is considered a memoir, I dont think is approppiate to be called that. It is more of like Juanes illustrated throughout the years. There are a ton (and I mean a ton) of pictures throughtout the book. There are more pictures than words in this book, and while I as a reader enjoyed them, I wish there was more text.

Juanes gives you a well explained description of his life growing up from roaming to streets of Medellin, Colombia to forming the band Ekhymosis (one of Colombia’s top heavy metal bands. Look them up). I knew of Juanes from when he was a solo artist and I definately didnt know anything about his heavy metal influences such as Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. And his upbringings of being in a heavy metal band.

While the book starts strong in the beginning, it starts to die towards the end. It is however a pleasent reading and gives you sneak peek into his life.

I should add it took me I think less than an hour to finish the entire book, so it should be a very easy reading for anyone.

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Publisher: Celebra
Release Date: April 2, 2013
# of Pages: 304

Lemmy Kilmister: White Line Fever (book review)

This is one of those autobiographies that is a most read! Lemmy writes with such ease and it made me feel like we were sitting in the back area of the Rainbow in an afternoon and he was telling me war stories. I wish there was an audio cd for this book spoken by Lemmy himself.

If you choose to read this book, be ready to take a ride from the beginnings of rock n roll. From the Beatles to the Rolling Stones to Jimi Hendrix. Lemmy has been in the music business from way before Motorhead. He was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix for sometime and knew the guys from the Beatles. Lemmy explains some things about the Beatles and the Stones that you will not expect at all.

Theres great explanation from Lemmy’s days in Hawkwind and all of the other bands he was in before forming Motorhead. I found myself laghing a lot at some of the stories from the road and all the mixture of drugs and “love” that was going on back in the day.

I wish people would hear about this book more, because it is such an underrated book, and I dont ever hear anybody talking about this book when it comes to musicians autobiographies. Hope whoever reads this review picks up a copy of this book and enjoy some really great stories about sex, rock, and rock n roll, and more sex haha.

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Publisher: Simin and Schuster
Release Date: November 4, 2002
# of Pages: 304