Ozzy Osbourne: Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy (book review)

Second book Ive read from Ozzy. The first one was his autobiography “Iam Ozzy”. This however is not an autobiography per say, however he does includes some stuff about his family.

This book is based on a column he has on Rolling Stone where people would submit their questions and Ozzy would answer them. And it turned into an awesomely funny book. I mean some of the questions these people submited range from “How to cure a hangover?” To “How to cure my herpes?” Or even “how many drugs should i take?” And the answers from Ozzy are just spectacular!! It had some moments where i just had to stop reading for a min and laugh it off.

Ozzy clearly says that the best way to be sure is to go see your doctor, and get it checked out as soon as possible. Also even though some of the things he does may work for him, obviously doesnt mean it will work for you.

Do not get into this book if you’re going to take it seriously because it obviously isnt. Be ready to have some good laughs from the get go though!!

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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: October 11, 2011
# of Pages: 432

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Stephen Pearcy: Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll (book review)

Today i bring you my review of Stephen Pearcy’s autobiography. Lead singer of Mickey Ratt, M Ratt, and finally just Ratt.

Well, most of you guys know Ratt from 80s fame. Starting up in the sunset strip in Los Angeles, Ratt became famous very quick and grew big quick with their hit single Round and Round. But this is much more than the story of Ratt.

This is the story of Steohen Pearcy, and while a lot of it has to do with his band, is much more than that. Is the story of his heroin use, becoming a father, and finally kicking drugs for good (recently). Of course theres your stories about groupies and all the backstage debauchery that was going on back in those days, and that is all pretty much standard for those bands.

Stephen seems like an awesome person and you get the feel that he is just telling you the way it was in a veey raw, unapologetic way. I gotta say, some of his stories had me cracking up!!! And with all the happy moments, there also come sad ones, which was the case when Robbin Crosby died. That was Stephen’s brother and you can see how Robbin’s death changed him.

Anyways, awesome and quick book that you cant pass up. 80s stories never get old, and the pictures in this book are pretty awesome too!

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Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 7, 2013
# of Pages: 320

Billy Idol: Dancing with Myself (book review)

Wow, what an awesome book by Idol. Finally we get to hear his story from himself.

What an interesting life hes had. From growing up in the UK and US and traveling and moving around with his family. He definately made the best out of his situations.

He writes about the typical rock n roll, drugs, and groupies life, and that pretty much expected from musicians from the 80s era. But theres also the side of him that seems very sweet and genuine towards his children. There are many stories about Gen X and of course making it big as a solo artist. What i enjoyed the most was getting to hear how he came up with Rebel Yell and White Wedding and Cradle of Love, and of course his other hits. Is amazing how a lot of musicians their biggest hits were written in a very short amount of time.

When you read this book it feels like you are sitting in an afternoon having a couple of beers with Billy Idol and he is telling you his story, feels very intimate and you can paint a picture in your head.

The one thing a didnt like is there is a gap of a few years that he didnt talk about, and it could be understanding since he didnt have anything really going on in his musical career at the moment. Other than that is a great book and im glad i didnt wait any longer to read it.

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Publisher: Touchstone
Release Date: October 7, 2014
# of Pages: 336

Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken (book review)

This week i bring you another review of an incredible book! The Story of Louie Zamperini, a WWll veteran with an amazing story to share of running in the Olympics and soon afterwards being captured by the Japanese and being help in a POW camp for over 2 years.

Truly one of the best book I’ve read and i feel like anything i say will not do this book justice. I just couldnt put it down. It kept me on the edge of my sit and turning page after page, leaving me up til late late at night.

Ladies and gentleman pick yourselves up a copy of this book and learn about a true american hero!

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Publisher: Random House
Release Date: November 16, 2010
# of Pages: 473

Pamela Des Barres: Im with the Band (book review)

This week my fellow readers i bring you my review of what many consider an iconic grouoie autobiography. Like the title says it is Pamela Des Barres first book.

This is much more than a book about a groupie. Is the book about a young girl trying to find herself, struggling all through her life. Pamela’s style of writing is really unique but she does it very well. She keeps you turning page after page wanting to find out more and more about her incredible life.

Let me say though, this is not a tell all book full with nasty and private details about the famous musicians she’s been with. There’s the ocassional detail but Pamela tells it in such ways that is not gonna have you thinking “Why would she include that?”. You will read about Noel Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Waylong Jennings, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Frank Zappa and many others who were some of the most important acts of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

In this updated edition (with a foreword by Dave Navarro) is cool to see at the end of the book Pamela writing about her current life. Mostly paying respect to a lot of her close friends who have died throughout the years, including members of the GTOs.

All in all this book was awesome. It was like time traveling back into the 60s and 70s. Pamela is an awesome writer who has wrote a few memorable books (this one being her first). Go get yourself a copy of it, you will not be dissapointed.

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Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: October 28, 2005
# of Pages: 352

Pamela Des Barres: Let’s Spend the Night Together (book review)

Interesting choice of book this time.

This book features stories from 24 groupies that tell their stories from backstage, to front stage, to bathroom run ins with some of the biggest stars in rock and roll.

Now being that this is a book about groupies, there are plenty of explicit details and some nudity pics. You will get to hear from The Plaster Casters girls, the GTOs among others. (Do a quick google search for more info on those). While some of the stories are interesting, there are a few that are really boring and lack detail, and lets face it, we read these books for the explicit details. Also included is the story of a male groupie which is quite different and interesting because when you think of the word “groupie” you think of women, not guys.

Some of these women wanted to be part of the backstage area and would do anything, some wanted to be the the musician’s girldfriends or wives, and some just wanted to be “that city’s girl”, but they all had one thing in common and it was just to sleep with the rockstars.

Overall and interesting book if youd like to hear some of the weird stuff that musicians do behind the curtain.

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Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: July 1, 2007
# of Pages: 400

Into the Black: The Inside Story of Metallica 1991-2014 (book review)

Wow! What a well researched book this is. This is the second book taking you from the years 1991 all the way to present 2014. Writers Paul Brannigan and Ian Windwood were present at a lot of Metallica’s most famous moments and have a tremendous collection of interviews with all the members of the band.

Being a somewhat short book, the writers do an awesome job at telling the history of Metallica through the years. With many hours of interviews, both backstage and at Metallica’s HQ and all over the world for that matter, you will learn how all their albums (from 91 to 2014) were recorded, from demos to full songs.

Both writers are not afraid to say Metallica’s biggest failures, one being the St. Anger album, and the more recent one, Through The Never, both which seemed to dissapoint Metallica fans. There is no lack of detail when it comes to the Big 4 shows and how everything really happened. From the very first show at Sonisphere to the shows in the US.

There is one chapter which i think could’ve been replaced which is the “Some Kind of Monster” chapter. There is really no new information in that chapter, is basically the writers putting to paper what happened in the movie.

Overall a really good book for any Metallica fan, and if you are not a fan, well get this book and be educated with some Metallica history from first hand account.

‚óŹ I would like to thank Da Capo Press for sending me this copy of this book. Visit their website to get some really cool books!

Da Capo Press Books

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Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: November 4, 2014
# of Pages: 312