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Life on Planet Rock: From Guns N' Roses to NIRVana, a Backstage Journey Through Rock's Most Debauched Decade

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  238 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
For the generation coming of age in the years from 1987 to 1994, RIP magazine was every bit as crucial as Rolling Stone. Life on Planet Rock describes how Lonn Friend, the editor of RIP, became the Zelig-like chronicler of the biggest musical moments of that time from introducing Guns N Roses (in nothing but a top hat, underwear, and cowboy boots) to sitting in during the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Three Rivers Press (first published July 2006)
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Josh Liller
Sep 07, 2008 Josh Liller rated it liked it
Shelves: music
Written by the former editor of RIP magazine - a hard rock magazine published by Hustler - this book is at times a bit dull but offers up a good number of neat stories including Aerosmith, Guns n Roses, Metallica, KISS, and Bon Jovi.

Warning: when he starts talking about Chuck Berry, skip ahead a couple pages as the story is quite disgusting.
Jessica White
Jun 03, 2016 Jessica White rated it it was amazing
This review and more can be found at A Reader's Diary!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to party with Axl and Slash?
What about Motley Crue?
Can't forget about Skid Row!
Hangout with Motorhead for Lemmy's birthday?
Tour the world with Metallica?
Play golf with Alice Cooper?
Meet the remaining members of the Beatles?
Actually experience the Doors and all their mystical glory?
Get to know everything there is to know about Gene Simmons?
Be personally insulted by Kurt Cobain?
Discover bands like
Jul 05, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
An OK book, and some good stories on various bands from the late '80s/early '90s (and a Chuck Berry story that you won't believe), but what cracked me up (when it wasn't incredibly annoying) was how in love this guy is with His own name. Try to find two pages in a row where some rock star isn't saying, "Lonn, you're great" or some play on "Friend". Lonnlonnlonnlonnlonn. Weird, and actually a little disconcerting after awhile (because by about chapter 3 I started to play the 'every t ...more
Mar 06, 2011 Kitt-e-kat rated it liked it
At first I didn't know who this book was about. The notation on the cover above the book title got my full attention to want to read it "A Backstage Journey through Rock's Most Debauches Decade". It noted bands from Guns n' Roses to Nirvana. I'm a big reader when it comes to Rock stars and their lives/Bio's so I had to check it out. Well I read this book and it wasn't too bad of a read. Many respects to the man this book is about. His name is Lonn Friend. He seemed to had the coolest job ever. H ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Todd rated it it was ok
Considering the era of his prime and the circles Mr. Friend has run in, I had high expectations for this book. From his start in the porn end of Larry Flynt's publishing empire, to his rise as the metal scene's media face of note, through his countless behind the scenes encounters with nearly every musician of record; there is fertile grounds for a fascinating read here. Unfortunately, that boundless potential remains untapped in this book. What we are provided with is a hand full of mildly ente ...more
Feb 13, 2008 Chuck rated it it was ok
Former MTV "Friend At Large" host Lonn Friend recounts his experiences in the L.A. metal scene. He is a likable fellow, but strangely reoccupied with male buttocks and the Tori Amos album "Under the Pink." One interesting sidenote: Friend was the longtime editor of RIP magazine, but he was never really a journalist; he was mainly obsessed with hanging out and getting drunk with Guns N' Roses and Metallica. He employed no objectivity or detachment. Yet -- now that his career is essentially over - ...more
Kristopher Overall
Mar 07, 2012 Kristopher Overall rated it it was amazing

Lonn Friend tells his story of how he has been related to some of the best rock bands on the planet. For being a biography, this is actually my favourite book. From being a teenage rocker to a staff member at Hustler magazine and then editor of the rock magazine 'Rip', he tells of how he met, hung out, and sometimes became a lifeline to bands like Metallica, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Alice in Chains, and how he was practically insulted by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during a reprter interview on how
Aug 02, 2011 Todd rated it it was ok
Lonn Friend was the editor for the heavy metal mag called "RIP". So this is a book about how he got the gig, and where he went with it. There are lots of fun insights, both good and bad into some of the biggest bands of the 80's into the 90's. Including: Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, and Metallica. One of the stories that amazed me was how Jon Bon Jovi basically short changed Lonn when we was no longer working.

A good, easy and fun read, especially if you enjoyed that type of music and grew u
Apr 25, 2009 Jeff rated it it was ok
I picked this up on a whim and didn't really have any expectations for it -- thought I was as into hair metal as the next guy in the late '80s, I never read RIP -- but I still managed to be let down. Lonn Friend may have been a fine editor, but he isn't much of a writer; "Life on Planet Rock" wavers between New Age-tinged autobiography and dirt-filled tell-all, but either way, it isn't really a compelling read.
Aug 08, 2010 Dee rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a semi-interesting book about the various types of rock & metal music beginning in the 1980s. Lonn Friend was not only an editor of RIP magazine, he truly loved music.

His dealings included GnR, Metallica, Skid Row, Nirvana, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. There were some good stories about them plus one disturbing story about Chuck Berry's personal life.

I liked his stories about the rockers but became bored when he wrote about "finding himself".

Aug 15, 2013 Alex rated it liked it
Lonn Friend takes his reader through his exciting career in the music industry. What is the most enlightening aspect about this book is how human the rock stars Lonn meets are. I would recommend this read for anyone who wonders what it is like back stage.
Jul 28, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok
I don't think this book focused as much on the bands as it did on the journalist. I was disappointed that it only briefly discussed the bands mentioned in the title of the book, but focused a lot on old rockers. This book was NOT what I thought it was going to be.
Rick Fusco
Jan 12, 2013 Rick Fusco rated it it was amazing
Lonn has been my favorite Rock scribe since the 80s. Great book. He has such a way with words.
Aug 31, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
really enjoyed this read. Lots a great, but not over the top, rock and roll memories. Well written
Tangy Hanes
Aug 12, 2012 Tangy Hanes rated it it was ok
JB Beakers
Jun 15, 2012 JB Beakers rated it really liked it
While I bought this only for the Beatles and Alice Cooper chapters, I read the whole thing. It was fun and interesting. I even enjoyed the chapters on groups I don't care much for! Good book!!
Rob Renteria
Dec 04, 2007 Rob Renteria rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: RIP fans
this guy was the editor of RIP......the best metal mag ever!!!,,,,,a great and fun ended abruptly BUT i enjoyed it......

kudos 2 lonn


Keri Gierhart
Jan 12, 2013 Keri Gierhart rated it liked it
Not as good as I expected, but still a worthwhile read if you are into rock memoirs.
Sep 10, 2010 Keturah rated it it was amazing
Full of excellent personal accounts of debauchery. Lonn Friend, I am jealous of you.
Feb 27, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
i rarely [if ever] read non-fiction. i *devoured* this book, so that's high praise from me.
Jun 05, 2007 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one at all...unless you were a huge fan of Hustler or RIP magazines
Shelves: donottouch
I couldn't get through this. The guy is just way too into himself...a lot of potential, but not worth the time.
Jan 06, 2009 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Very good and is really inspirational. Learn the past about different band members and how they had come out to be rockstars today.
Brian R
Feb 13, 2010 Brian R rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, 2006, music-rock
Page after page of name-dropping and sucking up to rock stars of yesteryear.
Aug 14, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: music
As a huge fan and former subscriber of RIP magazine, I was hoping for more dirt I suppose. The Chuck Berry story did make me literally laugh out loud.
Seth Morris
Aug 12, 2011 Seth Morris rated it liked it
A fun, quick read with some great stories and anecdotes.
Chelsea Pierce
Feb 04, 2015 Chelsea Pierce rated it liked it
Lonn Friend provides a journalistic perspective toward the 80s music scene and beyond.
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