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The Mammoth Book of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll

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The western world was turned upside down by the rock ‘n' roll revolution and here's the real lowdown on the rock stars who made it happen — and what it did to their lives.
Paperback, 640 pages
Published December 21st 2006 by Running Press (first published 2001)
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Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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This book took a bit longer to read than usual for a few reasons. One, it’s a pretty chunky book. Two, I’d been reading it on trains more than anywhere, but since getting back from London I now don’t need to use trains as much and have been driving everywhere again. Anyway, it’s finally done. Thankfully (and unsurprisingly) it was a lot better than the last book I read. I also just wrote a whole review of this book and then my laptop crashed, so this at
David Ward
The Mammoth Book of Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll edited by Jim Driver (Carroll & Graf Publishers 2001) (782.421). I liked this book a bunch! The editors delivered a collection of muck equal to the titillating title. Parts of it drove me crazy though. The editing was inconsistent. The reprinted materials were fine. However, the final seventy-five pages of the book may be original material. It's a catalog of famous deaths, overdoses, and flame-outs. It sorely needed the hand of a human edito ...more
Sarah Tipper
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book could also have been called The Bumper Book Of Musicians Behaving Badly. It takes a broad sweep through rock 'n' roll, punk, rock and some indie and metal and it covers the doings of a lot of famous and infamous faces (and their other body parts). It features some great writers (Mick Farren, Charles Shaar Murray and Jenny Fabian to name just three) and it's worth buying even if you decide to skip the odd section about a musician or band you're not interested in. I read it from cover to ...more
Jacques Siebrits
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
This one was a bit of a slog - maybe I have just done too many rock music related books in the last year or two. There were some really good bits though, like Diary of a Rock'n'Roll Star by Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople fame, and the Dead End Street section at the end of the book. And Nick Coleman's description of Keith Richards laugh was fanbloodytastic.
Oh, and I found the many typos distracting. Whoever was responsible deserves a public flogging.
Emma Fitzpatrick
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I finished this book into the new year.. it's a light read and i thoroughly enjoyed it. All of the rock and roll legends have been written about in this book, and I felt i got to know the likes of Joey Ramone and Jim Morrison even more after reading this book! I read this alongside another fiction book, and it fitted in perfectly because it was a nice break from a heavy crime thriller! Brilliant, GO READ IT!!
Colin Murtagh
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
This is an interesting not so little book. I found myself caught up in many of the stories, even of the band's I had no real interest in. Whilst well researched some of the stories may come as no surprise to those well versed in the music scene, however an interesting and fun read
Pretty decent. A number of the essays are a little painful but I actually enjoyed the face some of them were about bands popular at the time but pretty unknown now. Cool view on how music writing has progressed over the years.
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Didn't even get halfway through it; I guess that's why they call it mammoth. Some stories are interesting, most are not. This is a book that you can skip chapters without missing a beat, but it just isn't interesting to me.
May 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
Entertaining at first but I quickly got bored.
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
very interesting summary of lives and deaths of some of rock n' rolls greatest characters!
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