Joe Perry: Rocks (book review)

I was a bit skeptical when i first bought this boom because it is co written with David Ritz, and last time i picked up a book co written with him, it was horrible. But this one was a different story.

What an awesome story this was. Waaaay better than Tyler’s book. Joe Perry really spills all the beans on this one. How Tyler was running behind the band’s back to audition for Led Zeppelin and American Idol. But this book is not just about the dirty little secrets, it is more than that. Is about the rise and fall of a great guitar player and man. Full with stories about his growing up in the lake and bonding with nature.

Joe Perry really makes you feel like youre sitting with him having a conversation in his back porch. His attention for detail is incredible and thats why when you read this book you can picture everything he is sharing with you.

As bonus if you are a guitar player (like myself) you will really appreciate how he describes his recording process of albums and all the effects and guitars that went into making them. And at the very end of the boom theres a whole section with a lot of pictures about guitars and gear he used and uses.

Do not pass the oportunity to read this awesome autobiography filled with over 100 pictures.

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Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: October 7, 2014
# of Pages: 432

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

Does the Noise in my Head Bother You (book review)

Steven Tyler’s autobiography! Where should I start with this one? If you are looking for a book that is written in chronological order this is not it. It felt to me as it was all over the place. Jumping years ahead and then coming back to previous years. The book came out around the time Tyler was about to start American Idol as a judge, so that could be the reason it felt like it was rushed a little bit.

With that said, his story is very interesting. Steven was a drummer before he ever became the lead singer if one of the most famous bands in the world. He used to play drums for his dad’s band and they would olay all over ever since he was a teenager. He met Joe Perry way before Aerosmith was even formed. Steven Tyler takes you through all the stories during their rise to fame and all the drugs and sex stories you could think of (like most rock bands of the day).

Want to know how much they got paid for signing to the record label? Want to know how much money the spent for tours? And how much he is packing? Is all there and many more disturbing stories.

Overall worth reading but not worth keeping in your collection.

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Publisher: Ecco Books
Release Date: May 3,2011
# Of Pages: 400