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Rock & Roll Nightmares True Stories, Volume 1 by Staci Layne Wilson
Narrator: Andy Garrison
Published by Indie on September 8, 2022
Genres: Non Fiction
Length: 7 hours, 59 minutes
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Kurt Cobain. GG Allin. Wendy O. Williams. Duane Allman. Travis Barker. Jimmy Page. Janis Joplin. Ozzy Osbourne. Chrissie Hynde. Dee Dee Ramone. Chris Cornell. Marc Bolan. Tommy Lee. Amy Winehouse. Jimi Hendrix. What do these artists all have in common? They’re rowdy rock stars whose over-the-top lifestyles spun out of control, landing them deep in Rock & Roll Nightmare territory.
The author of this book reached out to me after reading my review of Confession by Rob Halford. I’ve read a lot of memoirs and autobiographies. I have only read a handful of true stories told by someone other than the people involved. As I am a fan of many genres of rock music, I thought I would give this book a try. I love that this book covers a large group of music, everything from Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Mama Cass, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Dee Dee Ramone, Xzibit and a whole lot more.
Each chapter of the book tackles a different topic from “Chapter One: Only the Good Die Young” which talks about the infamous 27 club to “Chapter Four: Magical Mystery Tour” which talks about mysterious things that happened to some musicians over the years. There’s also “Highway to Hell”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, “Breaking the Law”, “Tragedy”, “Flirtin’ with Disaster” and “Motherless Children”.
I don’t want to go into individual stories, but there is one that really caught my interest. I’m sure you remember Iron Butterfly with the single In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Well, one of the bassist (there were several over the years), was a true genius. Philip Taylor Kramer was from Ohio and when he left the band, he went back to school and got an aerospace engineering degree. He worked for the Department of Defense on the MX missile guidance system, he also worked on data compression software with Randy Jackson of The Jackson Five. He also worked on video compression and was going to be an expert witness for the OJ trial before he disappeared. And mysterious disappearance doesn’t quite cover it. I had never heard about this before, but there is an Unsolved Mysteries episode about it, and I will be looking it up.
As I said, I haven’t listened to a lot of non-fiction books that aren’t memoirs told by the people involved. There isn’t much dialogue in this book, so this narration is way different than I’m used to. The narration isn’t bad, it just took me a bit to get used to. I would very much listen to this narrator again. I would actually like to hear him narrate something a little more my normal style to see how he does there. I really did get lost in his storytelling.
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I’m not sure it would be for me but glad to see you had a good time
Wow Melanie what a unique kind of read and strange disappearances wow had no clue. Thanks for putting this on my radar I will be checking it out
Wow, these are really fascinating stories.
Oh wow, this is different than what I thought it was going to be. Sounds like the stories were interesting. If my stepdad listened or read, I’d suggest this to him because I think he’d really enjoy it. I might still suggest it anyway! Thanks for sharing it!