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Let's Go! by Joe Milliken
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it was amazing
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Joe Milliken spent 11 years working on this book, but the words are not his.

Instead, the story of Benjamin Orzechowski is told directly by family, friends and peers. Joe merely serves as your tour guide; ensuring chronology and clarity along the way.

But the word 'merely' needs a little refining. Instead, think of the sheer amount of work and patience needed to tie together the inherently-human trait of faulty memories and vague recollections, with actual events, moments and circumstances, all the while dealing with what turns out to be a pretty emotional story about a guy who was also a very private person.

That was the first unexpected element for me, because, as it turns out, nearly everyone providing words to this story (and it's a considerable number of people) all convey a real emotional connection. Some strong, some slight. But even the most mundane of circumstances results in retained feelings or perceptions.

This happens with certain people: They're so charismatic, so gracious, and so kind, that everyone who comes in contact with them are affected.

And it turns out Benjamin Orr was that and much more. He was profoundly loyal to people. He was That Guy. That "give you the shirt off his back" Guy. He was "Benny" to a lot of people, some long after The Cars broke big. He worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry but was always just Ben.

And that was another unexpected element. A Rock Star who wasn't. It's what puts this book on a different playing field from other Rock Star biographies. It's what prevents the jaded view and it's what flips the pages.

There are many more unexpected elements here, but those should be discovered. I do want to touch on one more, though.

An author can do an exceptional job of allowing others to tell a story, as was done here. But no one spends 11 years getting close to a story like the one of Benjamin Orr without effect.

For me, that was the best part.
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Reading Progress

December 5, 2018 – Shelved
December 5, 2018 – Shelved as: biographies
December 5, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 12, 2018 –
page 16
6.45%
December 12, 2018 –
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16.53%
December 18, 2018 –
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21.77%
December 20, 2018 – Started Reading
December 20, 2018 –
page 75
30.24%
December 20, 2018 –
page 75
30.24% "Every story, from the Beatles to Aerosmith, includes halcyon days just before breaking, when momentum gathers and confidence builds... these are my favorite parts of the story and that’s where I’m at right now with Ben’s story."
December 22, 2018 –
page 85
34.27%
December 22, 2018 –
page 85
34.27%
January 6, 2019 –
page 141
56.85%
January 7, 2019 –
page 163
65.73%
January 9, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Joe Milliken Thank you for your kind words! Truly effected, I was. #LetsGo


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