Randy Blythe: Dark Days (book review)

What a riveting story by one of the best heavy metal singers ever (in my opinion). But this not only the story about Randy’s prison time, but an inspirational book to any alcoholic or drug addict out there.

Randy has always had a unique way of expressing himself, both through his music and the way he does interviews. He is a man of his word and he kept it by going back to the Czech Republic even though he was advised by many people not to go. That right there alone shows what a great standup person he is.

In this memoir, Randy of course talks about his 37 days in prison (i think we all knew he would eventually write a book about that, just not this soon). The horrible living conditions, the once every few days showers, and showering with inmates who had tuberculosis and venereal diseases. He also talks about his annoying cell mate and some of the shady characters that he came across during rec time.

I think there is also some great advice for anyone who is looking to get sober or just make a better living period. There are a couple of great chapter that anyone (wether you like Randy or LoG) could benefit from.

If you would like an inspirational read then look no further. Randy has an exceptiomal writing style that is easy to follow and he doesnt bullshit around. He tells it like he sees it!

Thank you Da Capo Press for the copy of this book. You guys are always great, and keep up the awesome job on publishing great books!

For more info visit dacapopress.com and check other awesome selection of books.

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Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: July 14, 2015
# of Pages: 496

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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

Craig Glazer: The King of Sting (book review)

I have been a little behind on book review, all due to end of the year work. I am back now and hopefully writing this reviews a little more often.

Craig Glazet was just a teenager when he setup a drug deal but he got robbed. After that he goes on the run all over the country setting up fake drug deals just so he could sting the drug dealers, and trying to get back at the guy who stung him first. The book is a little confusing at times because you can get lost in all the details.

Throughout the book Glaxer says that he stings the dealers because they are bad people, but he has a plan. If he gets busted he tell the police that he was doing it to be some kind of hero and those people needed to be arrested. Once again is a little confusing so pardon me.

There is a period for a little while where Glazer and his partner Woodbeck worked for the FBI, which only added to his ego, and he felt invincible during that time because he had a badge. His story telling feels like a movie straight out of Hollywood, and maybe it had to do with him trying to sell his lifestory so that it could be made into a movie.

This wasnt a bad boom at all, but a lot of his stories felt to me like they were made up. Get you a copy and be the judge 🙂

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Publisher: Skyhorse
Release Date: July 17, 2008
# of Pages: 304

Alex James: Bit of a Blur (book review)

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.

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Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Release Date: April 1, 2008
# of Pages: 288

Jason Kersten: The Art of Making Money (book review)

What a thrilling story about the guy who was able to crack the 1996 one hundred dollar bill (the most secured bill in the US at the moment). Not only was Art Williams a master of this highly illegal craft, but his counterfit was almost unrecognizable to the untrained eye, even when comparing it to real bills. The “pen” used to detect fake bills was useless because Art found a way to bypass this method.

Sometimes I’m skeptical when reading book that are not written by the person the book is about, but Jason Kersten did a lot of research and actually knew the protagonist well. There are a lot of inputs throughtout the book from Art himself.

The book starts at the very beginning of his life and covers everything until his arrests. From growing up in the streets of Bridgeport to his introduction to the art of making money, a craft he learned from an older man and ultimately perfected himself.

At the time of this book’s release Art was still in jail for a second attempt at making counterfit money, and was set to be release in 2013.

I hope one day there is another release from Art Williams himself where it picks up where this book ended. Very well written book and will keep you on the edge.

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Publisher: Gotham
Release Date: June 11, 2009
# of Pages: 304