At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us.
©2005 Chuck Klosterman; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
"A treat for the adventurous." (Booklist)
"Klosterman has clearly established that he has a potent voice all his own." (Publishers Weekly)
I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't what I expected from the editor's description. This is a memoir. It's not just about rock n' roll and death, it's about the love life of Chuck Klosterman (and I'm not quite sure why he doesn't narrate this book).
I enjoy Chuck's personality. His references to the music he listens to and relates to are sometimes obscure, but always fantastic.
However, listeners/readers ought to know that rock n' roll is the relatively quiet backseat friend in this story. It's really you and Chuck riding up front.
No offense to the narrator, but once you've listened to Chuck Klosterman read Chuck Klosterman, nothing else really compares. I've read this book before and just wanted to go over it again but had to stop it. It felt a little like my dad narrating the book... the sarcasm wasn't in the right places. Check out IV or Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs instead if you haven't already.
if you're a true rock or music fan and think it's actually about anything to do with music you will be very disappointed. Sounds like it was written by a whiny hipster. he is about 30 in this book but acts like he is a spoiled 12 year old. complete waste of time!!!!!!!
I was looking forward to a lively road trip built around death, drugs and rock & roll. Instead, what we get is a long treatise of Chuckie's relationships, which are, sadly, even less interesting than my own. At the very end of the book\, his editor tells him its a bad idea. Lucy is right.
Back to Stephen King.
The Deep and Heavy Philosophizin'! He may ave written The Ethicist column for the NY Times Sunday Mag. But his deepness is pretty shallow.
Was going to listen to a few more of his books. Think I'll pass on that notion...
As another review by Lori made clear, the book's description is misleading. The author drones on about his personal life which isn't interesting enough to merit this kind of attention. Sparse actual references to music. I felt myself getting stupider the longer I listened and, admittedly, stopped after two hours.
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