Flavor Flav: The Icon, The Memoir (book review)

We all know Flav from Public Enemy, and his various reality TV shows and his crazy personality. Well this book is no different than how he is on tv. While it looks poorly written, i get the sense that he was very honest while writing it with what looked like, no help from a writer.

Full of words like “yeaaaaaa boyeeee” and “naw mean” Flav discusses his childhood growing in the streets, sellings drugs and getting kicked out of school all the time. No wonder he never finished high school, dropping out at the 10th grade. His childhood was in what i can only describe it as a mess. From being out with his dad while he gambled and did drugs, to stealing cars and just wreaking havoc all over the place.

Flav talks a lot about his children and you can really see he loves them a lot and would do anything for them. He shares a lot about his ex wives and what he really went through during their marriage. There are plenty of funny stories involving his family and the many famous people he knows and calls his friends as well. Flav ddoesnt hold back.

Now, what we really want to know about and the main reason i got this book. The Surreal Life and the Flavor of Love shows. He talks a lot about those (especially the very end of the book) but he could’ve said more about the Surreal Life. For the Flavor of Love, he really explains you how everything was, and gives more details about some of the more eccentric girls in the show. Not to spoil anything, but im sure you all know, those shows were all setup and Flav admits it all.

Theres only 2 problems i see with this book. One is that i wish it was longer, i really enjoyed reading it and i wish he would’ve made it longer by at least 100 pages. Number two is, there are no sections of pictures anywhere, not a single one, i wouldve liked to see a middle section with pictures. Who knows maybe Flav will write another book sometime i  the near future and will take that i to consideration.

Other than being kinds short and with no picture, it is an enjoyable quick read that will leave you wanting for more.

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Publisher: Farrah Gray Publishing, Inc
Release Date: May 11, 2011
# of Pages: 244

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Joseph D. Pistone: Donnie Brasco – Unfinished Business (book review)

Unfinished Business is the follow up book to Donnie Brasco which came out 20 years prior to this book. If you read my review of the original Donnie Brasco, then you’ll have an idea of what it is about, and if you havent read it, well youre missing out on a classic book.

In the original Donnie Brasco, Pistone writes about his undercover operation of 6 years from 1975 to 1981. While some information is somewhat repeated in this book, it is only for the purpose of the readers (who havent read the first book) to understand a little bit of the back story.

All of what Pistone couldnt talk about in the first book, due to the on going investigations and indictments, are discussed in this book. Pistone talks highly of all the actors in the movie Donnie Brasco and how well he was treated, however those compliments come off as a bit of a kiss ass because he is on set with some high profile actors like Johnny Depp and Al Pacino.

Pistone does a really good job at filling in the gaps of what happened at the end of his first book. In fact i recommend you read the first book before getting into this one because you will have a much better understanding of things.

Just because the Donnie Brasco operation was over, it didnt mean Pistone could stop working. In fact he was even more busy because he had to travel all over the country and world to provide his testimony as a witness in all the cases. He discusses quitting the FBI and eventually coming back to work again as an undercover in other countries.

Very well written book and i highly recommend you read both in order. Lots of insight stuff into the way of the wiseguys.

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Publisher: Running Press
Release Date: January 2, 2007
# of Pages: 336

George Jones: I Lived to Tell it All (book review)

Think of Motley Crue’s The Dirt but for country music.

This autobiography by the late George Jones is full of many incredible stories, both happy and sad. And for a person who was a pioneer of country music, you can tell that he did it all.

I never been a big fan of country music, and whenever i thought of George Jones I thought just an old guy who simply sang country music, was i wrong. Jones takes you through all of his Highs (literally) and Lows during his career. He was a guy who snorted all the coke i  the world and drank himself to sleep pretty much everyday for most of his career. You cant help but feel bad for him while reading about his life, is a miracle he was alive while living that way, and not surprised while he was called “No Show Jones”

George Jones goes deep into his marriages and divorces, and the extremely awful things his wifes put up with. Sneaking out of the house weeks at a time to do drugs or drink, stuff that a full on alcoholic or drug addict would do, and is no secret he was both. Jones admits to everything and makes it clear that he was very ashamed of his behavior. Along the way came Nancy who was the one that pretty much saved him and stuck with him to the end.

There are some shorter stories in the book like the one meeting Hank Williams Sr, how he bought a lot of cars, and sold an trade. Or coming across hitchhikers during his drunken times.

Overall a really awesome book even for non country music fans. You really get a lot of insight at how the music industry, and tours were waaaay back then.

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Publisher: Dell
Release Date: January 1, 1996
# of Pages: 337