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The story behind the celebrated American rock band, legendary for their music as well as their penchant for excess. Published to coincide with a new album and 12-month world tour. There has never been a band quite like Aerosmith. From million-sellers to bargain bins and back again, they are one of the greatest survival stories in the history of rock music. Front men Steve ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published 1997)
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Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: music, nonfiction
Seems to be written mainly from old magazine articles. Also seems to be written by somebody who discovered the band first through Permanent Vacation, and then followed the band from that point, going back and finding Toys in the Attic to be most similar, with the other early albums otherwise flawed in some way.
Wayne Simmons
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aerosmith: What It Takes is perhaps the slimmest rock bio I've ever read, weighing in at just 129 pages. Still, this little pulp-sized paperback packs a lot in and, while the legendary excesses of Tyler, Perry & co are not at all skimped on, the focus is squarely on the music. We get the glory years of the band; the rags to riches of the 70s, the patchiness of the early 80s before they rose to stardom again with a late 80s rebirth as hair metal icons. Even by rock bio standards, this is a dy ...more
Jed Thomson
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read chronicling Aerosmith's rags to riches career as a definitive rock band of the late '70s to the 1990s - their success, trials , tribulations and how they almost lost it all through excess alcoholism and heavy drug use. Such an epic book that paints a portrait of "what it takes" to be a rock performer.
Rik Schnabel
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Boy did these boys play hard. They almost lost their chance at the big time when they fell about the stage off their faces, big time.

They however were certainly committed to their music as all great rock star acts are. A great read.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Got this in a boxset for £5: A compelling analysis of 'America's Greatest Rock N Roll Band' from their initial success to their split and, quite frankly, astounding drug abuse to their successful comeback in the late 80's/early 90's. Another good book for music lovers :)
Titus Hjelm
A rewrite of old music magazine articles, but informative.
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting book about Aerosmith's career. Gives a great insight mainly about Perry and Tyler's relationship throughout the years.
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