Hello once again my friends. I’m back with another book giveaway. This time around i will be giving away a copy of George Clinton’s autobiography. The contest runs from now until 7/31. The winner will be announced on Friday 31st along with my review of this memoir.
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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!
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 7, 2013
# of Pages: 320
I have never been a big fan of wrestling, but i came across this book at Barnes and Noble for 50% off and bonus, it was a signed copy as well.
I wont post a looong review because this is a long book and i just want to touch on some of the main stories.
Jericho is an awesome story teller! You will not be bored with this book and won’t want to put it down. There are so many behind the scenes stories about the WWE and his travels around the world, both with the WWE and his band Fozzy.
Throughtout the book i was laughing the whole way. I wont spoil it for you, but his story in the nightclub about meeting Ne-yo and “Tee-yo” had me rolling! You’ll just have to get the book to read about those stories.
Jericho gives the complete truth about his wrestling career and his comeback to WWE. He talks about his feud in the ring with Shawn Michaels and some of the other big names in the wrestling industry like HHH, John Cena, The Great Khali, and many many others.
Thjs was such a fun read that i got Jericho’s two previous books “A Lion’s Tale” and “Undisputed” and i plan to review those soon in the near future, so stay on the look for those reviews!
Release Date: October 14, 2014
# of Pages: 432
Death Punch’d is the autobiography of Five Finger Death Punch’s drummer Jeremy Spencer. A really amazing and truly inspiring story for anybody who is a struggling addict or musician trying to make it in the music business.
Jeremy Spencer brings us a very unique book. Each chapter is a different era of his life. One chapter he talks about his present, while the next one he talks about growing up, and so forth and so on. So each chapter you have a nice balance of past and present.
Jeremy makes no excuses for and is brutally honest about his drug abuse. He was clean and sober for 15 years before he met a certain girl and thats where it all went down hill. He started back in his old ways of using drugs and alcohol in deadly amounts.
Throughtout the book there are many stories about FFDP from forming the band to all the debauchery that goes on tour. If you buy this book just for the FFDP stories you will be dissapointed because Jeremy’s story is much more than just being in his band. You get to know how he moved to California a few times to try to make big in a band. Without giving much away, he was in a country band and even tried synth pop.
Jeremy went through a lot in his early life and it all paid off at the end. This was one of the funniest, down to earth books ive read in a while.
Publisher: Dey Street Bokks
Release Date: September 2, 2014
# of Pages: 320
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.
Release Date: January 1, 1996
# of Pages: 337
Alex James is the bass player of the brit pop band Blur. Alex writing is not your typical autobiography style, it is more like a collection of stories from the road. However that doesnt take away from being an interesting book.
I first bought this book because i heard about all of his drug use and how he was the drunkest band member, but Alex doesnt really talk a lot about that. It was a bit dissapointing because even in the sleeve of the book it says all of that, but really you barely read about drugs, mostly just drunken nights.
A. James does go into a lot of details of how they recorded their albums and how some of their biggest hits came to be in about 15 minutes (i know is stereotypical, every band’s biggest hits are written in 20 minutes or less). Strange enough he wrote very little about Song 2, which was odd considering thats perhaps their biggest hit. Along his journey Alex will take from his hometown, to New York, to Australia, to Iceland. The best part of this book is getting to read how the band formed and how they struggled in the beggining.
There are also 3 different section of pictures, so that was cool because youd read a little bit and before you got bored with reading, bam! a section of pictures.
Overall it was a cool book if you’d like to know a bit more about Blur, but dont expect a book to keep you on the edge.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Release Date: April 1, 2008
# of Pages: 288
First of all Id like to say many thanks to Da Capo Press for the copy of this book. Check their books at http://www.dacapopress.com
And with the review:
Until now there has never been an official autobiography of Anthrax. Scott Ian is such a cool and down to earth guy that you feel he is right there with you telling you all these stories. This is not a book about drugs or groupies (well maybe some) but rather a compelling story about one of the coolest guys in rock n roll history.
I couldnt wait to get to reading this book because I was always fascinated by music from the “Big 4”. Especially Anthrax because to me they seem the less “popular” out of the four. Scott explains in details how he was there for some memorable moments like the death of River Phoenix, when Dave Mustaine got kicked out of Metallica, and also the death of Cliff Burton. I couldnt help but laugh out loud at the stories of Al Jourgensen from Ministry. LOL
Scott doesnt waste anytime setting up the stories in long paragraphs, he just gets right to the point, which I as a reader always appreciate. From his childhood to his marriages and divorces, and all the way to the Big 4 show in Yankee stadium, and everything in between. You really get an inside peak of his life and how Anthrax came to be who they are now! I noticed that whenever Scott made a mistake, he would own up to it and not blame it on somebody else. (Unlike other autobios i’ve read)
If you are a fan of Anthrax, thrash music, or just like to know how things really went down back in the 80s and 90s, then get this autobiography, you won’t be able to put it down.
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: October 14, 2014
# of Pages: 392
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!
Release Date: May 17, 2011
# of Pages: 288
I came across this book by mistake and instantly bought it (very cheap too). One thing before continuing is that this boom was published in 1997 so Im sure a lot of things have changed in his life since then.
LL is one of those rappers that has been around for a long time (even in 1997). There words like “bugged out” or “yo” that are a little bit over used throughout, but I guess that was the thing back then. LL’s life growing up was so messed up and painful, from physical and mental abuse from both his dad and step dad to growing up in the streets and being homeless for a while.
Cool J gibves a lot of credit to his grandparents, especially to his grandpa for buying him his first real pa system and scratch tables. And of course his grandma was the one that inspired for the song “Mama Said Knock You Out”
I dont want to give too many details because this such a short book (202 pgs), but his story is very inspirational. I wish he wrote his autobiography in more recent years. But it just shows how much he went through even back in 1997.
Publisher: St Martin Press
Release Date: September 1, 1997
# of Pages: 224
*next book to be reviewed: Lemmy Kilmister: White Line Fever
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.
Publisher: Howard Books
Release Date: October 29, 2013
# of Pages: 256