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33 Percent Rockstar: Music, Heartbreak and the Pursuit of Rock Stardom

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Scott has played over 500 concerts at hundreds of venues spanning almost two decades. From performing to the bar staff at strip mall dive bars, to a sold-out show with members of The Misfits and the Ramones, 33 Percent Rockstar: Music, Heartbreak and the Pursuit of Rock Stardom is about the love of music and life as a struggling musician. It is the true story of what happe ...more
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Published April 19th 2019 by No Bueno! Publishing
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Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads for a fair review. I loved this book. It takes me back to my teenage years in the 1960,s when I went to almost band that was performing at that time. Even at my age now I am still rocking until I am dropping. So this subject involving music is great. Scott played over 500 concerts over two decades. He shares a familiar story with some famous bands that when they are doing their music they have bad cars, play at dive places, malls or wherever they could get a gig. T ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Received ARC from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

I've read a bunch of biographies by all manner of famous rock musicians before. You usually get two kinds: a look into a person with surprising depth despite their public persona, or a self-indulgent tour of the many excesses that public persona has managed to survive.

I have to admit that I'm not familiar with the author's work as a musician, but it was fascinating to read about his many trials and tribulations while trying to make it i
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
33 Percent Rockstar: Music, Heartbreak and the Pursuit of Rock Stardom written by S.C. Sterling is an unusual musical memoir. It is unusual because Mr. Sterling, while a working musician, is not a "house-hold name". He acheived the dream of many, he played in bands who had followings, those bands toured, they wrote original music, recorded eps and lps. Most peop!e do not have that good fortune. Of course during that same time, he struggled paycheck to paycheck at what he described as menial jobs ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book provides an insight into life as non famous musician that other music biographies don't. I also have to give love to a Denver author. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. ...more
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Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked right from the intro. Remembering your first album, CD or concert is always a special moment, and when you are a real music fan, you will take delight in others’ experiences too.

33 Percent Rockstar starts with SC Sterling’s first big gig supporting Agent Orange and The Misfits. I loved his recollection of the music venue and the feelings at seeing the queue of punters waiting in anticipation to get in. He goes on to describe the realities of soundcheck and the feeling of watching hi
Taylor (TaysInfiniteThoughts)
The book provides a lot of insight into the work and effort it takes to become a good musician or for chasing any dream for that matter. Scott knew what he wanted and he continued to chase it until he reached a point in his life where he knew it was time to move on. Although he technically didn’t reach 100 percent rockstardom, he still got to play with multiple bands in different genres and got to open for some bigger bands.

I love listening to music, but I also like learning about the people be
Astrid Galactic
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I want to grow up and become a Rockstar." This was the dream of so many young people on their way to adulthood. This too was the dream of S.C. Sterling and this is the gist of Sterling's memoir, 33 Percent Rockstar. Unlike so many who give up that dream early by relegating that as an unobtainable pipe dream, Scott (S.C. Sterling) doesn't give up that dream. He's persistent. But there's a hitch - he can't play a note of music and he knows it.

Any goal takes making that commitment by taking that
Sarah Nice
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
33 Percent Rockstar is a raw, dysfunctional, true story of the life of an ordinary guy who only wanted to make it big playing music. Just about until the end of the book, when he started playing with his final band, Scott was extremely insecure of his talents. He's relatable in this sense because we are all our worst critics, aren't we? Slowly he crawls out of his shell and finds more of a passion for songwriting and finally learning his guitar. Thanks to his heartbreak over a girlfriend, I thin ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dream A Little Dream For Me

I liked this book but it drove me crazy the author never mentioned the names of the bands he played in, I mean WTF? Aside from that it was an engrossing tale of him following his dream to be a rockstar, the ups and downs, the almost succeeding. Also, a diary of being drunk on the road, endless vomiting and doomed relationships. Kind of fascinating, like watching a sloe motion car wreck.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great read for anyone who's ever been in a band or dreamed of being in a band. ...more
Alan M
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
As the antidote to the many music bios which describe the twists and turns on the road to stardom, 33% Percent Rockstar chronicles author SC Sterling’s attempt to hit the heights.

Sterling admits he wasn’t a natural musician, and in many respects his story is one of how his dogged determination did at least get him on stage, on tour and into the recording studio. However, glamourous it wasn’t. Whilst bands form and then split, an enduring constant is the sleep deprived tours, the gallons of beer,
Allison Springer
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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I received this book as an arc and am giving it my honest review.

I've known many musicians and have even gone on short tours with some. The anecdotes in this book are very close to my experiences with bands. There are many talented and determined musicians out there that never become nationally famous. They tour and work other jobs to make ends meet and often do a lot of drinking while playing and in between. They sleep in vans, sometimes on couches and rarely in hotels. You've got to love what
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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This book gave what seemed like an accurate (and sort of hellish) portrayal of life in a good but not great rock band: practice, drink, perform, break up, repeat. The writing was not particularly strong and there were a lot of abrupt transitions.
Steve Savage
This was a fun little memoir. I played in bands throughout my 20s, and I'm still an active performer, so there's a whole lot of stuff that resonates. ...more
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Scott C. Sterling is originally from Portland, OR and moved to Denver, CO at the age of thirteen. He is the author of Teenage Degenerate , a memoir about drug addiction and growing up. His follow-up book 33 Percent Rockstar: Music, Heartbreak and the Pursuit of Rock Stardom is a music autobiography about the vast majority of musicians who never achieve rock stardom.

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