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 Mötley Crüe out of jail & gets kidnapped by Courtney Love



Shoots guns with Ludacris, takes a ride with Neil Young & goes to church with Tom Cruise...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by It Books (first published 2011)
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Kirsti
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...more
Scott
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...more
Halco
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
Jonathan
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
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
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
Bat
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...more
Bruce Levine
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
Jim
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
Lilly G
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...more
Nan
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...more
Nicky
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
Brent
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
Lisa
Mar 08, 2014 Lisa added it
Shelves: 2014, best-of-2014
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),...more
Claire
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.
Jacob
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'...more
Christina Wilder
Oct 08, 2012 Christina Wilder marked it as dnf
This book is a monster at 500+ pages. I'll have to come back to it. An interesting read, though.
vgy
Pretty interesting interviews with an assortment of people.
Luke Goldstein
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
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...more
Porcelain72
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
Jan Kjellin
Vilken överraskning. Jag tog mig an den här boken med The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band i färskt minne, vilket inte talade till dess fördel. Det var skandalromantik av högsta graden och uppenbarligen (såhär i efterhand) ett resultat av att bandet hade sista ordet i utformningen av boken.

Nåja.

Även här rör sig Neil Strauss i rock n' rollens och underhållningens värld, vilken han ger oss en inblick i genom en lång rad intervjuer som slingrar sig runt och genom varandra i...more
Stephen Conley
I'm no Neil Strauss fanatic. The Game changed my life and Emergency was a very interesting read. I've never read his rock bios or even his interviews. So ELYWYD was a miss for me. It's become a bathroom book. I was hoping for more of a narrative but there really isn't one, it's just an anthology of mostly bland interviews.

Maybe i'm of a dissenting opinion but i don't find Lady Gaga all that interesting. I think it was a mistake to put her in the book, as nobody will care or even really remember...more
Brittany
Jun 18, 2011 Brittany rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that's interested in celebs and fame
How I Came To Read This Book: I'm not sure who came across it first, me or my boyfriend, but he was eyeballing it at the bookstore for a few weeks before he cracked and bought it...and I stole it to read myself.

The Plot: Neil Strauss is an accomplished pop culture journalist, having written for Rolling Stone, Spin, and the New York Times to name a few. This book is compiled of snippets of raw interview Q&A's from celebrities big and small, today and yesterday, and even a few exceptional yet...more
David
I don't read Rolling Stone and wasn't familiar with this writer, but enjoyed the book a lot. It's a large number of excerpts (sometimes 3 or 4 from the same person) from his interviews with musicians of all types and ages (Loretta Lynn to Jewel, Bo Diddley to the Backstreet Boys.....) and a few on the periphery of the music business, including a poignant conversation with a widowed roadie estranged from his daughter.

Pulls it together at the end with a pithy list of lessons he believes should be...more
Godzilla
I approached this with a little trepidation, I'd heard about "The Game" by Neil Strauss and it didn't sound like my bag at all.

However the blurb on the back of this mentions all kinds of weirdness eg hot tubbing with Marilyn Manson.

The premise is an interesting one: these are snippets from the multitude of interviews that Mr Strauss has conducted over many years.

He has curtailed these to the moment within an interview, a pause if you like, when something changes in the dynamic of it.

It makes for...more
Tao
This book is different from Neil's book in the past. I am used to his writing style where all the stories start with a bang and immediately hooks me.

Everyone Loves you When You're Dead has a slow-paced starts, but gets progressively more interesting and more rewarding as you read.

The structure of the book is very interesting, Neil utilizes "open-loops" very well and end each segment of the interview with an open look that wants you to know what happens next.

Many readers are interested in knowing...more
Jim
A miscellany of bits from interviews with rock stars mainly from the likes of Bo Diddley and Johnny Cash through Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen and Brian Wilson straight through to The White Stripes and Lady Gaga. Something for everyone. There are snippets from interviews with film stars and comedians (Billy Connolly, always a treat) and even something from Timothy Leary. A real mixed bag. Sometimes illuminating but more often these best-of-bits just confirm what we already knew.

This is a hefty b...more
Tim Niland
This large book compiles interviews Strauss has done with musicians and other famous people over the past twenty years. While it was the music interviews that initially drew me to the book, all of the interviews were actually quite interesting, whether with pop icons or obscure unknown musicians. Strauss is an excellent interviewer, asking provocative and probing questions and his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times and elsewhere. It's interesting to hear the inside story behi...more
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