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Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness

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You can tell a lot about somebody in a minute. If you choose the right minute. Here are 228 of them.

Join Neil Strauss, "The Mike Tyson of interviewers," (Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum), as he

Makes Lady Gaga cry, tries to keep MOtley CrUe out of jail & gets kidnapped by Courtney Love

Shoots guns with Ludacris, takes a ride with Neil Young & goes to church with Tom Cruise
Paperback, 535 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Canongate Books
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Neil Strauss has interviewed thousands of people, many of them extremely famous. Rather than reprinting some of his best-known pieces, he decided to go back to his original recordings and transcripts and collect only the parts that he felt had the ring of truth about them. Instead of blah-blah designed to promote a project, this book is full of odd, funny, affecting, sometimes embarrassing exchanges.

Here are a few of the more interesting questions he asked.

To Bruce Springsteen: "I hadn't planned
Nov 07, 2011 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting collection of interviews. Strauss has nicely compiled some of the most revealing and bizarre interviews from musicians, celebrities, and entertainers. Some of the most interesting moments of the book are also some of the most unexpected; like when he interviews David Koresh's former girlfriend (before Waco) and when he accompanies an Icelandic country band called the Funerals on a bleak winter tour of the country.

The book will only be really interesting if you are reading abou
Mar 20, 2011 Halco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a good thing Neil Strauss had to research all of those survival skills he wrote about in his last book, "Emergency", because some of the things he gets celebrities to reveal about themselves in ELYWYD might force him into hiding for a while. There's more good shit in the first 5 pages of this book than Snoop Dogg has rolled into a fistful of blunts. In ELYWYD, Strauss has basically busted through the veneer of every reconstructed tooth, punctured a hole in every famous breast implant and br ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead is nothing like Neil Strauss’ previous works. When you take the time to understand the real intention of this book, you realize that celebrities, no matter how famous, all have their foibles. Strauss doesn’t attempt to glamorize any of the people’s lifestyles he interviews, nor does he vilify them. He simply gives the reader a chance to look at each person as they truly are. Whether it’s beautiful or grotesque is left to the reader’s opinion. The interviews a ...more
Shaun Westphal
Mar 21, 2011 Shaun Westphal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down, and I'll probably read the whole thing again soon. ELYWYD isn't just a compilation of interviews Neil has done over the years, it's bits and pieces (the important bits and pieces) that let you really get inside of the interviewees. The fact that they're all famous almost becomes an afterthought in a lot of cases. It's also cool to see Neil run Game on these people (and a lot of these interviews are from before the Game even existed). It's pretty amazing (this happens ofte ...more
Allison Floyd
This fine volume was brought to us by the same champ who brought us The Game, and while I will always find him repugnant for that, he can write, and this book (which I skimmed), like The Game, was highly entertaining and deeply twisted. Oh, celebrities! Oh, culture and human nature that make them possible! Good, frothy fun, with occasional bursts of profundity, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, as in the copyeditor section, wherein we learn why "scumbags" and the specifics of the sounds that ...more
Aaron Arnold
May 16, 2016 Aaron Arnold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who's the real focus of an interview? The subject, who presumably has something interesting to say to the world? The interviewer, with their mission of drawing that out? What about the audience, the true reason for the interview taking place, who's expecting entertainment, connection, and insight? When it's done right, all three get a chance to shine. Neil Strauss, of The Game fame, went through some of his unpublished notes and transcripts for his interviews from his stints as a journalist and ...more
Stacy Fetters
Found this book at a local dollar store and when I opened it up it was signed by Neil. It was well worth what I paid for it.

It's really interesting at what some people of fame really have to say and think. He digs deeper into the psyche of these people and they all let loose for him. If you're really hurt by what artists say about life, then you need to skip ahead. Some of these interviews will make you strongly dislike a person to where you are completely done with their career.
This will shed
Mar 29, 2011 Bat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been familiar with Strauss' previous works, through many of his music articles for Rolling Stone as well as the books he co-wrote with Marilyn Manson, Dave Navarro, and Mötley Crüe, picking up his latest book was a no brainer.

Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness is a book of life lessons learned through other people. Strauss returns to the notes and recordings of interviews he's been granted through the course of his career and weaves this book together from
Bruce Levine
Mar 22, 2011 Bruce Levine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books every by one of my favorite authors of all-time. I don't know how he does it but it seems he can compact a ton of information into small enough doses that you can read it for just a few pages and come back to it with no problems hours later. In addition he presents the celebrities and their own personal dilemmas in a high class fashion which does the book justice compared to what other publications like US Weekly, TMZ, and the other gossip outlets do. Within the book Str ...more
Mar 06, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neil Strauss has spent the bulk of his life interviewing musicians and performers for newspapers and magazines like The New York Times and Rolling Stone. He's also written a number of bestselling books, most notably The Dirt, which is about the willfully destructive mayhem machine that is Motley Crue. At first, I thought Everybody Loves You When You're Dead was an anthology of Strauss' best interviews, but its something far more complex than that. It isn't a book of interviews so much as a colle ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Lilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You owe it to yourself to read this if you love music. Strauss is a master of taking you backstage where you can observe celebrities in their natural environment. It's like a pop culture zoo.

This book is effectively a collection of interweaving outtakes from his many years as a music writer. You'll read about musicians you listen to every day, or people you have never heard of and will now go look up. He looks at music from every angle: the people who make it, the people who write about it, the
Mar 29, 2011 Nan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It’s not about celebrities. It’s about the humanness behind the mask of the celebrity and the lessons they learn about life right along with us, (non-celebrities).
The author, Neil Straus, examines decades of all the interviews and extracts from them lessons on how we can learn from them to live a happy, true, fulfilling life. Strauss has met a lot of people, over 3,000 up-close and personal interviews of celebrities and persons of interest. This was such an unusual book of in
Neil Strauss has interviewed a lot of actors and musicians, and he’s compiled the best, most interesting, most salacious bits of those interviews into this mammoth book-length montage on fame. Every interview leads into the next. He jump cuts from Snoop to Madonna to Johnny Cash in the span of five pages. Julian Casablancas acts like a total fucking psycho then Tom Cruise acts like a total fucking psycho then Prince acts like a total fucking psycho. In the end, Russell Brand steals the show when ...more
Mar 17, 2011 Brent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love, Love, LOVE this book. Clocking in at just over 500 pages, Everybody Loves You When You're Dead is the most provocative and entertaining anthology you're likely to read this year. Actually, it reimagines what an anthology should be, since instead of simply selecting his best published pieces over the last 20 years, Strauss re-edits and reselects, often choosing never before published interviews and insights. From testing psychic powers with the CIA to shopping for Pampers with Snoop Dogg, ...more
Jeffrey Bumiller
This is one of the most entertaining books I've ever read. Proof that a good journalist can make any subject interesting. I found myself racing through interviews with people I otherwise could care less about, or actively dislike (The Strokes, Russell Brand, Kenny G!!). This is an incredible collection of interviews. Where else are you going to find interviews with Cher, Zac Efron and Britney Spears and just a few pages later Henry Grimes, Charles Gayle and Raymond Scott? Thank you Neil Stauss, ...more
This was VERY interesting to read. Neil Strauss has had an amazing career and interviewed so many famous people. My favorite interviews in this book were Noel Fielding, Russell Brand, Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Pharrell(who was always too busy and kept asking to reschedule), Hugh Laurie, Ryan Adams(the constant "Fuck off"'s had me crazy amused), Steve Coogan(just because he came across as a total prat), Radiohead, Neil Young, Hugh Hefner, etc.

Liam and Noel Gallagher were the usual selves(wankers),
Oct 14, 2014 TCPils rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone Loves You When You're Dead contains bits and pieces of Neil Strauss' interviews with a wide spectrum of famous (and some not so famous) people in the music industry from rockers to rappers to roadies. Although it's an interesting read it's not the kind of book to be read straight through. In fact, that's the way Strauss presents it to us. Some of the interviews are broken up into 2, 3, or more segments with a kind of leap frog style. This can be a little disconcerting if you're not fami ...more
May 12, 2011 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd vaguely heard of Neil Strauss but didn't know much of his work. I'd read a couple of his interviews before, but most of this book was new to me. A collection of interviews could so easily come across as slapdash and thrown together, but there was clearly a lot of care taken here. Interviews are linked by subject, theme, previous conversations and interspersed throughout the book. It's a great read, I really recommend you give it a go.
Jul 27, 2014 Jacob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Strauss pulls some really fascinating vignettes together from a wide range of interviews. No interview piece is more than a few pages (many continue through multiple jump cuts to other interviews) so the pacing allows the book to move quite quickly. The style used with the many cuts could be confusing, and I'm not sure why Strauss edited it the way he did, but rather than try and figure it out it is worth going with the flow and enjoying the characters.

If you're into celebrities (I'm not) there'
Oct 09, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Epic, entertaining, and inspiring collection of interviews and snippets of interviews. It took me nearly two years to finish reading this, but I'm glad I didn't give up on it. The format makes it a difficult book to read straight through, but it's worth sticking with!
Marcos Tavares
Aug 31, 2014 Marcos Tavares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fama & Loucura é uma coletânea de entrevistas com grandes astros da música e da TV mundiais, feitas por Neil Strauss, jornalista especializado em crítica musical, que já trabalhou em grandes publicações, como a revista Rolling Stones e o jornal The New York Times. Tais entrevistas, ou trechos delas, foram censuradas por estes periódicos e o autor resolveu compilá-las em um livro.

Logo no preâmbulo, Neil explica como é trabalhar no show bizz, tendo que lidar com o humor instável das celebridad
Jan 17, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting look into the thoughts and lives of famous people without the "reinterpretation" of a journalist writing an article. Neil just sets out verbatim the interview recordings.

Best quote was in an interview with Lionel Richie:
Neil Strauss (author): Have you thought about putting these experiences [about the 10 years he took off from performing] into a book?

Lionel Richie: I did decide to write about what I experienced in climbing to the top. And finally when I got there, I discovered
May 06, 2016 Seth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy-memoirs
Often poignant, sometimes hilarious, occasionally downright weird. I was compelled to keep reading, even when the interview subjects were people I'd never heard of or cared about.
Christina Wilder
This book is a monster at 500+ pages. I'll have to come back to it. An interesting read, though.
Mar 12, 2013 vgy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty interesting interviews with an assortment of people.
Maca Hansen
Dec 30, 2015 Maca Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo amo
Luke Goldstein
Jan 24, 2014 Luke Goldstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every now and again, if you’re lucky, you come across a piece of craftsmanship that lays it all out for you. For architects, it might be walking up to an old gothic cathedral and watching the lines and foundations intersect. For musicians, it might be hearing a song which stirs their hearts, feeling the melodies and meaning intertwine like strands of DNA. For people like me, the writers, it means laying your hands on a book which illustrates so clearly not only the beauty of words, but also how ...more
Todd Croak-falen
Jul 29, 2011 Todd Croak-falen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's some good stuff in here, despite the crappy artwork. At first, the format did take a little getting used to -- interviews are chopped up and interspersed with each other by topic and interviewee -- but the more I read, the more the structure began to make sense. Everything ties together in a specific way, and it was actually more interesting than reading a series of interviews straight through, one after another.

Standouts: Chris Rock explaining how M.C. Hammer's posse was the most gangst
Mostly fascinating though occasionally ponderous collection of interviews by Neil Strauss (yes, the same Neil Strauss who wrote "The Game") with subjects ranging from Lady Gaga to Chuck Berry to Loretta Lynn, and pretty much everyone in between. Though mostly musicians, he also includes a couple of comedians (Russell Brand, Sacha Baron Cohen) and actors (Tom Cruise), as well as interesting nobodies such as David Koresh's first girlfriend. Many of his subjects open up to Strauss in a way that oth ...more
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Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, Emergency, and Everyone Loves You When You're Dead. He is also the coauthor of four other bestsellers--Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt, and Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, and Dave Navarro's Don't Try This at Home. He can be found at www.neilstrauss.c ...more
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