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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" "PlanetRock" describes how 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 atop hat, underwear, and cowboy boots) to sitting in during...more
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Published November 26th 2008 by Crown Publishing Group (first published July 11th 2006)
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Josh Liller
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.
Kitt-e-kat
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
Todd
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
Chuck
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


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...more
Todd
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...more
Erin
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....name. 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
Dee
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".

Jeff
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.
Michelle
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.
Alex
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.
JB Beakers
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 10, 2007 Rob Renteria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: RIP fans
this guy was the editor of RIP......the best metal mag ever!!!,,,,,a great and fun read......it ended abruptly BUT i enjoyed it......

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Lisa
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.
Matthew
Very good and is really inspirational. Learn the past about different band members and how they had come out to be rockstars today.
Jennifer
Jun 05, 2007 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jill
really enjoyed this read. Lots a great, but not over the top, rock and roll memories. Well written
jessica
i rarely [if ever] read non-fiction. i *devoured* this book, so that's high praise from me.
Rick Fusco
Lonn has been my favorite Rock scribe since the 80s. Great book. He has such a way with words.
Keturah
Full of excellent personal accounts of debauchery. Lonn Friend, I am jealous of you.
Keri Gierhart
Not as good as I expected, but still a worthwhile read if you are into rock memoirs.
Brian R
Page after page of name-dropping and sucking up to rock stars of yesteryear.
Seth Morris
A fun, quick read with some great stories and anecdotes.
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