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Sonic Warrior: My Life as a Rock N Roll Reprobate

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  15 reviews

For lack of a better term, Lou Brutus is a “Professional Music Fan.” He lives the dream of millions by traveling the Earth attending concerts and interviewing rock stars. He’s spent his life blasting tunes on the radio, becoming the first to play all of your favorite bands, and gaining access to literally thousands of music e
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Rare Bird Books
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Natalie Dipietro
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve know Lou since the mid 90’s when we worked together in Chicago. Hands down he is the best interviewer and story teller on the planet. Can’t believe it took him this long to get this thing printed. Even if you aren’t in the music biz, you’ll love the stories and won’t believe everyone he has met and be envious that he gets paid for doing what he does.
I can’t wait for the sequel because I know he has HUNDREDS of more stories.
Joe Lenihan
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book of consistently fun and surprising stories from all the greats of rock music over the last few decades. I like the way Lou wrote this because he is a very well established DJ who you would think would get used to rubbing shoulders with famous musicians, but the language used to describe his feelings and the reactions always demonstrate that of a passionate fan. Most of the stories resonated with me because it felt like how I’d be if I met all these musicians. This is well ...more
Karen Gitlewski
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I purchased a signed copy of this book so I could have it in my collection and see the artistic renderings at the beginning of each chapter. I listened to the audio book as it was narrated by Lou Brutus himself. He is a phenomenal storyteller! Each story was packed with small details that made you feel like you were right there in the moment. Such a fun book. I hope there are more books to follow!
Thomas Kelley
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Lou Brutus if you follow Hard Rock or Metal music scene who has been on the Radio side of music for many years and in his own words been the attendee of over 3000 concerts along with a great nationally syndicated program called HardDrive . This program should be like church for those that follow music while most is metal focus he has to talk to many performers in the industry. This book describes various concerts and performers like his hero Hunter S Thompson, Dave Groehl, Stevie Nicks, Rolling ...more
Kim Duskey
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been listening to Lou since I moved to Charles Town, WV a couple years ago. I’ve always respected him and loved listening to his stories. When I heard he was going to be releasing a book based on just that I preordered it as soon as I could. As time passed I almost forgot I ordered it until it came in the mail, during quarantine. Perfect timing. I devoured it in a couple days and it made me laugh hard and respect him even more. Corey Taylor was right to push him to write and publish and I a ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had been waiting months to read this, and Lou did not disappoint. As a die hard music fan, I read each chapter in awe as I wished I could have his job and his experiences. He is truly lucky to have had all of those experiences and we are lucky he shared them with the world. I just hope he writes another book filled with more unbelievable shenanigans because I want to hear more. I want to live vicariously through Lou.
Luis Cuesta
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Broken down to it’s elemental component, "Sonic Warrior" is not even really an autobiography, just a string of stories and anecdotes, about 20 of them. Half of them are about Hard Rock and Metal people/bands/events witnessed by someone like Lou Brutus that has been a life-long, American, mainstream rock radio industry guy.
The book will appeal to music fans that want to know more about the niches populated by the talented musicians that have collecti
Mark Wilcox
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lou is an amazing rock DJ and now certified rock historian in my eyes. This book is a collection of his memories that is written in a way that you feel like you're sitting with the man as he recollects his favorite interactions with a great number of artists and fans. If you are a rock music fan, this is a must read, if only for the chapter titles. ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Vignettes instead of a straightforward autobiography, Lou shares his hilarious memories/dreams? of rock and roll decadence and fandom. Poignant stories of his friendships with Frank Zappa and Hunter S. Thompson.
Nick L
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would give it a thousand starts if I could. I have been a long time listener of Lou. To finally have in writing some of his great stories is awesome! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes rock, Lou, or just a damn good book.
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very knowledgeable person on rock and a clever writer. Enjoyed it very much.
Joe Orn
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Insightful and often funny (sometimes hysterical) behind the scenes look at rock and roll business.
Heather 'Norheim' Signalness
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend!!! Great read.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really fun stories if you are a rock and roll fan. Laughed out loud many times. His skills as a wordsmith enhance the storytelling. I listened to audible and his voice added to the experience.
Leslie Carnahan
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful look into a true rock fans life. Fun and funny. If you like rock and metal music - this book is for you. And if you don't know who Lou Brutus is before reading this - shame on you haha ...more
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