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

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LL Cool J : I Make My Own Rules (book review)

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.

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Publisher: St Martin Press
Release Date: September 1, 1997
# of Pages: 224

*next book to be reviewed: Lemmy Kilmister: White Line Fever