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Shut Up and Give Me the Mic

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DEE’S NOT GONNA TAKE IT

As lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider became the poster boy for heavy metal, hair bands, and the wild side of rock. Now, in his twisted new memoir, he reveals the real stories behind the crazy makeup, the big hair, and badass hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”

A classically trained countertenor who sang
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published 2012)
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Sebastian Bach
Aug 11, 2012 Sebastian Bach rated it it was amazing
This book was great. The way it is written, the grammar, attention to detail, humor, the stories, it's all perfect. Dee is truthful and pulls no punches in telling the tale of the incredible highs and lows of his life. At the end, he reiterates what is truly important in life; which is love. He has always had love, and nothing is more important in this world. As he so succinctly states in this awesome book!
Dr. Detroit
Jun 14, 2012 Dr. Detroit rated it it was amazing
Stardom? I once tried to figure it out and my nose started bleeding. I took this as a sign to stop.

Dee Snider evidently never figured it out either, surrounding himself during Twisted Sister’s heyday and beyond with a team of handlers, trainers, therapists, linguists, donors, spokesmen, media consultants, speechwriters, image makers, spin doctors, crisis teams, spiritual gurus, food tasters, pollsters, pundits, wags, wonks, interstate bagmen, unindicted co-conspirators, miscellaneous hangers-on
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Steve Coscia
Jun 01, 2012 Steve Coscia rated it really liked it
You don't have to be a Twisted Sister fan (I am not) to enjoy this book. I found Dee's ups and downs (and he has been way up and way down) easy to relate to and his perseverance throughout is inspiring. This memoir is written plainly and there are many edge-of-your-seat episodes that keep the pages turning. Dee's "life rules" and descriptive writing style kept me engaged. I read this book in one sitting. Very enjoyable.
This is a real good book, and not just because Dee Snider grew up a few miles
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A Reader's Heaven
Jun 08, 2014 A Reader's Heaven rated it really liked it
Dee Snider, former lead singer of 80's juggernaut rock band Twisted Sister, has written one of the better rock bio's I have read since The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star.

Dee covers everything from his early years and bands, getting the gig with TS and the eventual demise of the band. He speaks about the hardships getting to where he truly believes he belongs and the terrible failure that followed the bands' successes. He is brutally honest about those people who were
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Anna
Nov 18, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
Dee Snider is a rare animal: a rock musician who is drug and alcohol free and always has been. He has company in that respect in Gene Simmons and Ted Nugent, but Dee manages to do it without being a nutjob (Nugent) or a womanizing creep (both). He managed to avoid substance abuse without picking up another vice. He met his wife at 21 and hasn't strayed since, and she and his children are everything to him and have sustained him through the leanest times of his life. Snider makes clear that while ...more
Mary
Apr 12, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dee Snider is best known as the wild front man of the rock band, Twisted Sister. With his wild hair and make up, he was the MTV hero of a generation of kids, whose teachers and parents just didn't understand them or the rock music they loved. Behind the scenes, though, he was a man who loved his family and wanted his band to succeed so he could give those at home a good life. He admits that he channeled a lot of pent up anger into his stage performances, often adding fuel to an already wild cro ...more
Michael
Oct 22, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's go ahead and get the disclaimer out of the way. This will no doubt contain a lot of foul language because this is the memoir of the legendary Dee mother fucking Snider of the one and only Twisted fuckin' Sister. While Kiss may have been my first foray into heavy metal it was without a doubt the boys in Twisted that blew the doors wide open and showed me just how awesome heavy metal was and could be. I was probably eleven when I was at Kenny Kessler's house and he pulled out this tape of a ...more
wendy
May 20, 2012 wendy rated it really liked it
he would've gotten 5 stars but he pretty much stopped at widowmaker! he's done A LOT in the past 20 years that should have been included here. i had a feeling he was going to say we would have to wait for part 2 and sure enough...he did.
Teressa
Jun 05, 2013 Teressa rated it it was amazing
Loved it! As a child of the 80s, I loved Twisted Sister. This bio was interesting and entertaining. Dee Snider and Twisted Sister worked so hard and never seemed to get the breaks to make it really big.
Richard Baril
Sep 24, 2015 Richard Baril rated it it was amazing
Right from the "forwarned" (forward ) section of the book Dee Snider grabs your full attention, not just with his words, but with your own natural curiosity and nervous interest to know more. From some of his earliest recollections he had the need to feel special and singled out. This comes across throughout the book with his almost endless appetite for self promotion (could be considered good or bad).

The grade 6 glee club afforded him one of his earliest opportunities to stand out. He could sin
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LaDonna
May 17, 2012 LaDonna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The most fantastic read of the year. I've been a fan of Dee's for years, through Twisted Sister, MTV Metal Show, Widowmaker, Strangeland, House of Hair, and the various reality shows and specials. My husband has been even a longer and more hardcore fan than I, so if not family, Dee has at least felt like an old friend around our house. Our kids have grown up loving TS, and we even took them to see the band when the kids were 3 & 7. When we first heard about the book, we were looking forward ...more
Donna Milward
Jan 06, 2013 Donna Milward rated it it was ok
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Kevin Dunning
Jan 07, 2013 Kevin Dunning rated it really liked it
I found this book incredibly entertaining. No denying that Snider is quite intelligent (if you doubt it, look at his Senate testimony in 1984 --- brilliantly shuts up a room full of politicians). I also had a somewhat personal connection. I grew up in Freeport and lived in Baldwin - just like he did. I came of age with MTV, and enjoyed good heavy metal back in the day (and still do). I've seen TS perform about a half dozen times, so it was great to validate the comments he made about intensity o ...more
Lydia
Feb 20, 2013 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Shut Up and Give Me the Mic: A Twisted Memoir is everything a rock-n-roll memoir should be. It's a fast-paced, grandiose, detail-packed tell-all; in every possible way, ripped with a level of testosterone-injected, larger-than-life might that can only be delivered from one of the top showmen from 1980's "decade of decadence". And after that? It's so much more!

Once Dee starts, he doesn't stop. Not one to beat around the bush, he gets right to the heart of every chapter, every life experience, and
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Glamzilla1976
Jul 12, 2012 Glamzilla1976 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I don't know if they're around the same age, were both born in Astoria and moved to Long Guyland in their youth but this felt like reading a rock book written by my dad. At times that was a good thing, but at many points Snider went on about things that were of very little interest to me. I was also disappointed at how the telling of the story was proportioned, yes, I ABSOLUTELY wanted to hear about the hard work TS put in to get to the top and some of the dirty details about how they lost it, I ...more
Craig Rettig
Mar 20, 2013 Craig Rettig rated it it was amazing
"Shut Up and Give Me the Mic" is the autobiography of one of the most outspoken personalities in rock and heavy metal and the frontman of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider. Unlike a lot of his other rocker peers, Dee didn't get into alcohol and drug abuse nor was he unfaithful to his wife during his time in the spotlight. With a laser focus on musical success, he and the rest of the band clawed, scraped, and dragged themselves to the height of popularity, only to have it all come crumbling down a few s ...more
Tiffany
Mar 29, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really surprised about how much I liked this book. I've been going through an 80s memoir phase, and I think this is the best book yet. He is pretty up front and honest in much of his experiences through the book. From singing in the school and church choir, to being the lead in a 70s glam rock band, you think that fame would be the be all and end all of the story. But Mr. Snider really leads up to all the little things that fame brings to his undoing, down to passing out flyers in the earl ...more
Todd
Oct 18, 2013 Todd rated it really liked it
In the 80's I was a big fan of TS, well beyond the 2 mega hit videos, so when I seen this book on a clearance shelf I picked it up. I have known that Dee was an intelligent man, and he comes off that way. But he also takes stabs at himself along the way. We knows his faults and readily admits to them. I enjoyed the stories of getting TS to stardom, but wish there was more on his rebirth. At times the writing style reads like a book report, and other times is comes off very heart felt and gut wre ...more
Rob Riffe
Apr 08, 2013 Rob Riffe rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the recommendations on Goodreads, I finally bought this one. LOVED it! And it also made me doubt that I actually like many of the other rock bios. As Dee puts it right from the beginning, he was sober during all of his life. Drugs and Alcohol free and that's why he's able to remember everything in this book. Other rockers who were out of their mind high, we're supposed to believe recalled everything or kept diaries. Makes me wonder.

Anyway, definitely give it a read. It's a pretty amaz
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Neil Vanderwerf
Jul 19, 2015 Neil Vanderwerf rated it really liked it
An entertaining look at the long and rocky road to and through fame of Twisted Sister's Dee Snider. Conversationally written, with lots of great behind the scenes stories from back stage, on tour, and the life of a true rock 'n' roller. Dee's never say die attitude is infectious.
Pamela Montano
Jul 26, 2014 Pamela Montano rated it really liked it
Dee Snider is an unusual rock singer. He doesn't drink, do drugs and is married with a family. As hard as his rise to fame and fortune was,the fall (twice) from the top was even harder. Along the way, he meets some truly great rock icons who are never too busy to help out. Billy Joel and Lemmy Kilmister aren't egotisitical and offer Dee advice and help, even before Twisted Sister hits the big time. Dee's story is inspiring and while I disagree with him that Twisted Sister is the best of the hair ...more
Victoria
Jun 01, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't Stop Believin'

I enjoyed this book. It documents and shows the behind the scenes look at the creation of Twisted Sister. I admire how Dee Snider never gave up and held onto the fact that despite all odds, he always had his family.
Joel
Jun 20, 2014 Joel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music-boigraphy
in Dee Snider's biography, the long struggle and eventual rise of Twisted Sister is recounted in thorough detail. and then their sudden demise equally so. Dee uses 20/20 hindsight to foreshadow TS's epic fall from grace so well you're almost afraid to read further, but human nature's desire to see the train wreck keeps you going. Along the journey Dee makes every effort to take or share the blame, acknowledging his own character flaws whenever they come into play.

At the end I felt I had read the
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Ian
Jul 28, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it
Anyone who is familiar with Dee Snider will know that he always has plenty to say for himself. In this autobiography we get a revealing look at his life and career. Dee has known polar opposites of desperate struggles and dazzling highs and He pulls no punches with tales of both. The book varies from many other rock biographies standard formula of Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll. There is lots of the latter but a distinct lack of the first two - Dee is a committed family man and clean and sober. My ...more
Pudd'nhead Wilson
Apr 04, 2014 Pudd'nhead Wilson rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Great story. Not your typical drug addled rock star story. No ghost writer here. Dee is educated and a very good writer. I recommend this for anyone interested in rock, heavy metal, etc.
Christophe Murdock
Nov 26, 2015 Christophe Murdock rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Dee was in town for a signing when I picked this up and once I cracked it open I couldn't put it down. It was like having a conversation with the man himself.
Heather
Mar 09, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
I can't believe I am giving this book 4 stars, because I am not in any way, shape, or form a fan of Twisted Sister's music or shtick. I picked it up out of sheer morbid curiosity. I was well surprised-it was interesting and honest, and relatively well written. It didn't motivate me to listen to any of his music or buy any of his records but I do have a new respect for him. My only issue with this book is that he rushes through his more recent years at the very end of the book. If Dee Snider writ ...more
Steven Spoelstra
Jul 03, 2014 Steven Spoelstra rated it it was amazing
May be the closest I get to a Twisted Sister biography. Dee is humble and talks about life, his band, and love for his spouse and family. Pick this one up.
Charlotte Walton
Feb 01, 2014 Charlotte Walton rated it it was amazing
Love twisted sister so for this reason loved the book. all the blood sweat and tears that go into becoming a top band are shown with pure honesty. where is shut up and give me the mic part 2?
Josh S
Sep 26, 2012 Josh S rated it liked it


Dee Snider, despite all he's been through, is still a bit of a dick. Although he does take credit(?) for Twisteds demise, he can't do it without taking numerous shots at his band mates. He buries AJ Pero calling him a spineless follower. He essentially says J.J. French has no talent. Eddie Ojeda is a pussy and Mark Mendoza is a bully. Dee glosses over the most interesting parts of the story (to me at least). - Twisteds demise and his struggles after. He claimed there is a follow up coming. Whic
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Daniel "Dee" Snider is an American singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor. Snider is most famous for his role as the frontman of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister.
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