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!


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


Scott Ian: I’m the Man (The Story of That Guy from Anthrax) (book review)

First of all Id like to say many thanks to Da Capo Press for the copy of this book. Check their books at

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

Anvil: The Story of Anvil (book review)

So like many of you I got this book because I wanted to know more about these 2 guys who inspired so many musicians. I wanted learn about the guys who made a pact to rock together forever. Their journey was long, hard, and at times hilarious.

This autobiography starts at the very beginning of their years, even before forming Anvil, and goes all the way up to when the movie was released. These 2 guys describe their story of tough touring conditions, making albums, and getting paid all while creating songs for their next album. Lips and Robb’s story is one that teacher everyone not to give up. Even when being at the lowest of the low.

They really do a great job at trying to explain in as much detail as possible the making of some of their most iconic albums and it gives the reader the impression that you are right there with them through the recordings and the touring.

As touching as their story is and as awesome as the movie is, there are a couple of things I found a bit upsetting with the book. One is that Robb mostly (sometimes Lips) refer to themselves as these “rock gods” that changed history, and while they did to a degree, they make it sound in the book as if theyve invented rock n roll and their genre. The second thing that bothered me the most was how they referred to other bands as “lame ass musicians”. They call bands like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and others lame ass when in fact theyve sold millions and millions of records and have fans all over the world. I also found odd how they kept calling their bandmates lame ass and how they didnt have any talent whatsoever.

With all that said, I recommend everybody to watch the movie and then read the book and compare for yourself. And take also in consideration that these guys influenced some of the biggest bands today, yet somehow they got lost in the shuffle and never quite made it as big.

With all of the above said, im still a big Anvil fan and their music never gets old, and I can understand why they were frustated at the time. Big respect to Anvil for sticking around for as many years as they have!


Publisher: Transworld
Release Date: March 13, 2009
# of Pages: 320


Keith Richards LIFE (book review)

I had bought this book not knowing too much about Keith Richards or the Rolling Stones, other than the infamous stories everybody knows.

From the first page of this book until about page 120 or so everything was very hard to understand for me. “Keef” explains every detail about his childhood from growing up in the streets that were bombed to going with his grandpa to bars. Throught the 1st quarter of the book you learn a lot about his choir days in school til when his voice cracked and he got kicked out of the choir.

This is by far the longest book I have read. It took me a while and while I did enjoy most of it, the first 120 or so pages didnt really interest me that much. It was cool finding out about his childhood and growing up during that time, but it was just kinda boring for me.

Now, I read this book (like many people did) wanting to know more about the infamous “blood transfusion” in Switzerland. Of course Keith explains that it was all made up because he was just sick and was going to Switzerland to get “cleaned” from drugs, and basically he meant what he said as a joke (at least thats what I understood from it). Another famous incident we all want to know is the “mars bar”. That one is exolained but it is not what I was thinking it would be (like many of the stories)

Of course throughout the book are all the crazy stories about drugs and cheating death. I got the feel that he was saying do drugs, but be careful which ones you do and how much of it you do. Is unbelievable how many drugs he did and yet he’s still alive but a lot of his close friends died overdosing. There are some cool stories about some famous people like John Lennon, Chuck Berry and a lot of the big players back then. Backstage stories are countless throught out this book!

I think a lot of guitar players (like myself) will enjoy this book a lot. Richards explains a lot of their famous songs in detail and what key he plays it in and the different tunings and all the effects used to create their unique sound. Keith explains how he started playing with 5 strings and how he developed his style.

One thing about Richards autobiography is that after you get past the first 120 pages you will not be bored. You will be turning page after page. There are interviews with his son and some of his friends, so you get to hear some of the details from different views. Every little detail about his Life he explains!

Buy this book and if you’re not a fan of the Stones you definately will be after reading it.


Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: October 26, 2010
# of Pages: 576