Dave Navarro: Don’t Try This at Home (book review)

I was a little skeptical before i started to read this book because a lot of the reviews out there said that this book didn’t make sense, or it was boring. Well those people apparently did not understand the title of this book. It is not a typical autobiography, actuallly it is not one at all. Is is exactly what the title says: A Year in the Life of Dave Navarro

The book is written in a weird way because it is mostly written from Neil Strauss perspective instead of Dave’s himself. Navarro does chime in and there are pages written by himself, but mostly the reader learns about Dave Navarro from Neil’s perpesctive.

You really get to know Navarro’s personality and what he was going through during that period. Everything is captured in a weird way by his photo booth that he has in his house, which is what this book centers around. You can see who comes in during that month through the photo strips and connect the stories to that specific person. The photos range from famous musicians, to strippers, to his maid, to just random people who happen to come by the house.

The last few chapters are about Navarro and Carmen Electra and how they met, got to know each other and eventually got married.

I wouldn’t say this is a must read, but it is for sure an interesting read if you like to know about Navarro’s drug use and rehab stint.

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Publisher: It Books
Release Date: October 5, 2004
# of Pages: 256

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Rick Springfield: Late, Late at Night (book review)

Rick Springfield reveals so many details in his memoir. This is a guy who most people think is a one hit wonder with “Jessie’s Girl” but the fact is that he has been around in the business since way before Jessie’s Girl and General Hospital.

An australian born who moves to the US in hopes of making it big in the music business, all while dealing with depression and having to fight addiction. This such a candid memoir and RS lets it all out for his fans. As a reader you get the feeling that he is not holding back on anything, he speaks with absolute truthfulness!

There are of course the wild stories of being on the road and lots of sex of course. Not so many stories of drugs, but the few that he talks about are funny. You get some insight of the whole 60s era when he was snd up and coming teenager in Australia and he meets some people like Bon Scott ten years before he was known in ACDC. He talks about the struggle of recording his albums and how the record company sees him and compares him to.

One of the most touching stories comes towards the end of the book and is about a girl named Sahara. Very touching and it made me feel sad for her and her family!

This read will not dissappoint!

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Publisher: Touchstone
Release Date: October 12, 2010
# of Pages: 336

Rick Springfield: Late, Late at Night (book review)

Rick Springfield reveals so many details in his memoir. This is a guy who most people think is a one hit wonder with “Jessie’s Girl” but the fact is that he has been around in the business since way before Jessie’s Girl and General Hospital.

An australian born who moves to the US in hopes of making it big in the music business, all while dealing with depression and having to fight addiction. This such a candid memoir and RS lets it all out for his fans. As a reader you get the feeling that he is not holding back on anything, he speaks with absolute truthfulness!

There are of course the wild stories of being on the road and lots of sex of course. Not so many stories of drugs, but the few that he talks about are funny. You get some insight of the whole 60s era when he was snd up and coming teenager in Australia and he meets some people like Bon Scott ten years before he was known in ACDC. He talks about the struggle of recording his albums and how the record company sees him and compares him to.

One of the most touching stories comes towards the end of the book and is about a girl named Sahara. Very touching and it made me feel sad for her and her family!

This read will not dissappoint!

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Publisher: Touchstone
Release Date: October 12, 2010
# of Pages: 336