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Amp'd: A Father's Backstage Pass

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Set against a backdrop of aggressive rock, frenzied fans, moshing, stage diving, crowd surfing, security brutality, and occasional outright violence, Amp’d: A Father’s Backstage Pass follows four years in the life of Gary Fincke’s son, Aaron, a rock-and-roll guitarist. From bands such as Breaking Benjamin (signing with Hollywood Records and releasing CDs in 2002 and 2004), ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Michigan State University Press (first published July 1st 2004)
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Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Being a Breaking Benjamin fan, I've always wanted to read stuff about my favorite band. I once skimmed through a copy of My Chemical Romance's biography, but I didn't care much about MCR, so I never bought it.
Then, one day, I was strolling through my local library's biography section, (looking for a different section that had recently been moved,) when I came upon a book sticking halfway out of the shelf. I noted the title, and thought: "Oh hey, it's a book about a band. Wonder which one?" I fli
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
So this book is a 2.5.

A few negative observations:
The writer's strength seems to be in short story and poetry. He needed more of a hand helping him keep this longer work cohesive; parts of it are really solid and complete and parts are just... wandering. I kept getting bored and wanting to put it down, but since I was reading it for research, I kept on. Let me be clear: the stories are interesting, BUT they are constantly interrupted or styled in a way that makes you say "can we get to the point
Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
The problem with most rock-n-roll books is that the bands they're about have already made it. In fact, chances are that the books were written specifically because the bands were so commercially successful. But commercial success isn't rock-n-roll. Struggling, sweating, grinding it out in greasy dives night after night while you pray that your disintegrating van makes it to just one more gig. now, that's rock-n-roll! Gary Fincke got a close-up look at that struggle via the bands his son Aaron pl ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved the way it was written from a spectators view. Being the father of Aaron from Breaking Benjamin was an interesting insight into the Breaking Benjamin early days. Well worth reading. Defiantly for fans of music and up and coming bands.
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Could have been better. I got a little bored with how every concert was described to me, but I'm someone who's pretty familiar with that sort of thing. -shrug-
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