Honestly, I like the movie a bit better than the book. Usually it is the other way around, but Jon Cusack brought a lot of sweetness to the main chara...moreHonestly, I like the movie a bit better than the book. Usually it is the other way around, but Jon Cusack brought a lot of sweetness to the main character that I didn't see in the book.
That being said, I really enjoyed reading it, and the whole concept is just awesome and extremely believeable. If you enjoy the music aspect, I highly recommend Songbook by the same author.(less)
The book was better written than I expected, and suprisingly less trashy than I would have thought as well. It was more about a woman growing up and e...moreThe book was better written than I expected, and suprisingly less trashy than I would have thought as well. It was more about a woman growing up and exploring her sexuality in a crazy time than a tell-all memoir.
Des Barres and her friends are wacky, a lot of them are certifiable, and some of them are downright criminal. But she's led an interesting life and this book only details the first 25 years or so!
I wouldn't suggest that anyone go right out and buy this book, but if you have it lying around and are into the music of the 60s and 70s, it's a good quick read.(less)
Picked this up at the Bethesda Small Press Expo, and really enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, but a unique style with references to music and culture t...morePicked this up at the Bethesda Small Press Expo, and really enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, but a unique style with references to music and culture that I could appreciate and relate to.
Many of these were characters I am surrounded by and it was fun to see them in print. Watching the main character grow up and into himself was heartening, if painful. The ending was wretchedly cheesy though, I'd almost suggest not bothering with the last chapter, but I suspect most people will want the resolution.(less)
Interesting book, like the investigation into the gutter punk culture. Fairly dry reading, but enjoyable nonetheless. Worth reading for a girl who has...moreInteresting book, like the investigation into the gutter punk culture. Fairly dry reading, but enjoyable nonetheless. Worth reading for a girl who has run in the punk culture at some point or another.(less)
As vaguely horrified as I am to admit it, I actually preferred Tommy Lee's book. I mean, Nikki just can't compete with a book partially narrated by To...moreAs vaguely horrified as I am to admit it, I actually preferred Tommy Lee's book. I mean, Nikki just can't compete with a book partially narrated by Tommy Lee's penis...
This WAS an interesting book though - totally different approach from Tommy's. And after having seen Nikki perform at CrueFest, it's particularly impressive to have read about what he went through.
This book is a year in the life of Nikki as he descends into the bowels of his heroin addiction, but he's hardly limited to heroin. It's painful to read, and the layout is quite visceral at times with its startling red, black, and white swatches and anatomical drawings. The art is extremely interesting, and I'm curious if it is Nikki's. What is truely horrifying is that this is just ONE YEAR of this fight - in the afterword, Nikki explains that he continued to fall off the wagon several more times.
Some interesting stuff that I learned about Nikki - particularly the bits about his ex-girlfriend Vanity. And I really respect Nikki for being willing to let anyone who knew him at the time respond to these journal entries. Some of the responses are harsh, some are sympathetic, some are crazy. But the view from outside of Nikki's insular drug-world adds a whole other dimension to the craziness going on in Nikki's head.
However, this book really only covers this year of drug addled ramblings in Nikki's journals. It's not so much a book about the band, or even, really the man - it's a book about addiction. Not entirely what I expected.(less)
I like classic rock and grew up on it, but books like this always leave me baffled. Lots of name dropping that I just can't follow. It's not gratuitou...moreI like classic rock and grew up on it, but books like this always leave me baffled. Lots of name dropping that I just can't follow. It's not gratuitous name-dropping or anything, it's just meaningless praise for people that I can't associate with anything at all. It's a little embarrassing for me, that's all.
I do like and respect Clapton as a musician, though I am clearly incredibly ignorant. He's pretty willing to address his mistakes, and while his sobriety gets a little irritating and preaching at times, I still respect him for it.
I was totally shocked by his most recent wife and his current family life, but I can't really begrudge him what seems to be a happy family and stable life. Seems that he's due.
If anything, he seemed almost TOO humble. Clapton IS God in guitar rock mythos, and he spends so much time praising others it becomes difficult to believe that this guy is anything special at all.
There were a few music industry stories, but mostly the book focused on Clapton's life and exploits. I probably would have appreciated it more if I had followed his career more closely, but it was still a decent read. I'll pass it on to my dad since I think he'll enjoy it.(less)
I have an embarrassing number of Docs. Probably double digits. Considering how much they usually cost, and how much I spend on things like... work clo...moreI have an embarrassing number of Docs. Probably double digits. Considering how much they usually cost, and how much I spend on things like... work clothes or professional attire... It's really a little horrifying.
This book is a small coffee table-esque book that follows Dr Martens through its 4 decades and change. It's focused primarily on the social scenes that Docs have represented, and drops lots of names and bands into the mix. History of the boot is covered as well, and it includes some fashion designer takes on the classic 1460s.
It wasn't anything spectacular, but it was a unique way to look at British and American subcultures over the last 40 years. The book isn't JUST about shoes - it's about the people who wear them, and why they've stayed relevant within subcultures for so long.
Probably only merits 3 stars, but it gets a bump for the photos and my deep love for my shoes...(less)
Can I gush enough about this book?!?!? It hit me the way that The Perks of Being a Wallflower hit me. I wouldn't say that it's a 'normal' teenage expe...moreCan I gush enough about this book?!?!? It hit me the way that The Perks of Being a Wallflower hit me. I wouldn't say that it's a 'normal' teenage experience, but it FEELS like one. Everything is intense and shiny and IMPORTANT. For lack of a better comparison, I would say this is a bit like a younger High Fidelity.
Starting off with a rough and tumble description of a punk show, I just totally fell in love. This is the night I always wanted, and the characters are over-the-top but in a pretty honest way. The two authors switch back and forth between Nick and Norah giving each character a unique voice. The switches overlap just enough to keep from being disjointed or repetitive.
I can't even process what struck me so hard... It's a compelling combination of music I love, teenage intensity that I envy, awkward conversations that develop into real ones, and the feeling of falling in and out of love all at once.
I think this is absolutely BRILLIANT YA literature, but I suspect it has some issues due to the language and sex in the book. This is a book that probably gets a bad rap despite being a fairly realistic idea of what a high school senior and an older boy are probably doing and saying. None of the cursing or sex felt gratuitous to me, though some could have probably been left out without affecting the authenticity. But I think if more books read like this one, more kids would be reading.(less)
I survived. I persevered. I finally finished the damned thing. After trying several times to get through this monster, I did finally manage.
I find Tom...moreI survived. I persevered. I finally finished the damned thing. After trying several times to get through this monster, I did finally manage.
I find Tom Wolfe's writing to be extremely annoying and too... self-conscious? Too very pleased with itself. But I hear he was revolutionary and unique at some point, so maybe I should cut him some slack.
I didn't find this book particularly interesting. I find hippies irritating, and got frustrated with Wolfe's overly descriptive style - SO REPETITIVE. If he described anything more as Dayglo I was going to vomit.
However, I can see how people fascinated by this subculture would love the book. Wolfe was immersed in the culture, and tries very hard to recreate that same overwhelming psychedelic feeling with his writing. And he doesn't fail miserably.
So I've given it 2 stars because it's not Wolfe's fault that I find drugged out hippies irritating. I can recognize his attempts at creating a feel of his experience rather than just spitting out the facts of the matter. But I still hated it.(less)
This gets an extra star for being in the $1 sale at Borders and being such an unexpectedly awesome book!
When I saw that the author had written a book...moreThis gets an extra star for being in the $1 sale at Borders and being such an unexpectedly awesome book!
When I saw that the author had written a book about Wilco I cringed. But, it's a dollar... what isn't worth a dollar?
What a fascinating book! It's probably quite dated, and the perspective was certainly skewed towards the artist/piracy/digital freedom side of the argument. But I agree with that perspective for the most part, and I enjoyed having more evidence to back up my beliefs.
I was pretty pleased with several of the sections. I'm a fan of the Postal Service and The Faint, so some history of their label and their beginnings was neat. And I've recently gotten into GirlTalk and had been curious about how he skates the thin ice of his sampling.
I think any modern music fan should read this book. I had little understanding of the radio industry, and I haven't regularly listened in over a decade, so that was eye-opening. I wish there had been more discussion of the consolidation of ticket sales, concert venues, and radio, but that wouldn't quite fit into the theme of the book.
The writing and organization of the book wasn't anything spectacular, but the subject of the book was engrossing and I enjoyed every page. The chapters were usually fairly short, so it was an easy book to read piece by piece. (less)
I tore through this book, but more to get it off of my shelf than anything else.
I don't really understand why a man who spends an entire book talking...moreI tore through this book, but more to get it off of my shelf than anything else.
I don't really understand why a man who spends an entire book talking about how secretive his lifestyle is and how coming out would disrupt everything he and his 'down low brothers' are doing would then write a trashy expose slyly outing homosexuals in the entertainment industry.
The only aspect of the book that I found interesting was the (shallow) analysis of the black community's ways of addressing sexual topics like homosexuality and AIDS.
The book is poorly written, though this could just be a way to read authentically to a hiphop audience. Sex scenes and descriptions of men and women are endlessly repetitive, and I got sick of hearing about how completely desirable Terrance is to every man he meets. Please learn some adjectives other than fine, golden-skinned, and bodacious.
Not really worth the read unless you're up on the hiphop community and can actually identify all the folks who were awkwardly half-outed by the book. I'm not, and so couldn't even get that much out of it.(less)
Any time you read one band members account of the band's history you know that you're missing all kinds of perspective. I'm sure that's even worse whe...moreAny time you read one band members account of the band's history you know that you're missing all kinds of perspective. I'm sure that's even worse when the band member is a 16 year old girl.
But Cherie Currie's life is a wild enough ride that it's enjoyable anyway. You can see her grow and I appreciate (at least in this new edit) some of her older and more mature perspective on her life. She's honest about her petty fights with her family, band, and friends. But she's also understanding of when she caused the problem, and it's nice to see her forgiveness for those she feels slighted her.
I kind of expected to read this and be annoyed by a bratty star who expected everything to go her way. I get the feeling that that's what Cherie WAS like, but she's seen more of life than the fast lane and is able to portray that in a sympathetic way that makes me forgive a lot of bad decisions on her part.
Totally worth a read if you're a fan of the Runaways.(less)