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.
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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