Pamela Des Barres: Let’s Spend the Night Together (book review)

Interesting choice of book this time.

This book features stories from 24 groupies that tell their stories from backstage, to front stage, to bathroom run ins with some of the biggest stars in rock and roll.

Now being that this is a book about groupies, there are plenty of explicit details and some nudity pics. You will get to hear from The Plaster Casters girls, the GTOs among others. (Do a quick google search for more info on those). While some of the stories are interesting, there are a few that are really boring and lack detail, and lets face it, we read these books for the explicit details. Also included is the story of a male groupie which is quite different and interesting because when you think of the word “groupie” you think of women, not guys.

Some of these women wanted to be part of the backstage area and would do anything, some wanted to be the the musician’s girldfriends or wives, and some just wanted to be “that city’s girl”, but they all had one thing in common and it was just to sleep with the rockstars.

Overall and interesting book if youd like to hear some of the weird stuff that musicians do behind the curtain.

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Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: July 1, 2007
# of Pages: 400

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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

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

Juanes: Chasing the Sun (book review)

I think this book, while is considered a memoir, I dont think is approppiate to be called that. It is more of like Juanes illustrated throughout the years. There are a ton (and I mean a ton) of pictures throughtout the book. There are more pictures than words in this book, and while I as a reader enjoyed them, I wish there was more text.

Juanes gives you a well explained description of his life growing up from roaming to streets of Medellin, Colombia to forming the band Ekhymosis (one of Colombia’s top heavy metal bands. Look them up). I knew of Juanes from when he was a solo artist and I definately didnt know anything about his heavy metal influences such as Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. And his upbringings of being in a heavy metal band.

While the book starts strong in the beginning, it starts to die towards the end. It is however a pleasent reading and gives you sneak peek into his life.

I should add it took me I think less than an hour to finish the entire book, so it should be a very easy reading for anyone.

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Publisher: Celebra
Release Date: April 2, 2013
# of Pages: 304

The Heroin Diaries (book review)

If you’re a fan of Motley Crue or Nikki Sixx or “The Dirt” then this is a must read.

The Heroin Diaries is a boom about exactly what it says: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rockstar. The reading is from Nikki Sixx’ diaries that he wrote from December 1986 to December 1987. Throughtout the whole book there are the diaries themselves and along them are also short stories or comments from Nikki’s closest people at the time like his mother, the guys in motley crue, slash, and a few of the roadies and managers.

This book I must say is not an autobiography. If you want an autobiography then read “The Dirt”. This was not meant to be a funny book either. It shows what a dark place Sixx was at the time and all the drugs he did are detailed with an exact time and a place.

The design of this book is very cool too. It has blood splatters and dark grotesque pictures all throughtout. Only thing I wish there was is a section dedicated just for pictures (usually halfway through the book). Towards the end of the book you get an update on what Nikki and Motley have been up to since he wrote this diaries.

With the amount of drugs he did it amazes me how well he kept up with the diary. I was left wanting more of this book! What an amazing story! I could go on for a while abiut this book but I dont want to spoil any of it.

Awesome book and a must read for a fan!

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Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: October 8, 2008
# of Pages: 432

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