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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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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.
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
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.
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 :)