Available as an audiobook for the first time, read by band members "Fat Mike" Burkett, Eric Melvin, Erik "Smelly" Sandin, and Aaron "El Hefe" Abeyta along with special guest narrator musician and comedian Tommy Chong. In addition, the audiobook features exclusive, previously unreleased tracks, "Bouncy" (a NOFX instrumental), "La Pieta" (Fat Mike piano & vocal song about his mother), and "Young Drunk & Stupid" (live NOFX song from an Idaho basement gig in 1986)
NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories is the first tell-all autobiography from one of the world's most influential and controversial punk bands. Fans and non-fans alike will be shocked by the stories of murder, suicide, addiction, counterfeiting, riots, bondage, terminal illness, the Yakuza, and drinking pee. Told from the perspective of each of the band's members, this audiobook looks back at more than 30 years of comedy, tragedy, and completely inexplicable success.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2016 NOFX & Jeff Alulis (P)2016 Hachette Audio
Best book ever. NOFX raised me. I've seen over 20 shows. favorite band of all time.
Great to hear stories of my youth and remember there are others who had these experiences that often make me feel out of place at dinner parties. I felt the readings by Jello and Chong took you out of the NOFX universe, my only gripe.
I bought this book shortly after it came out while I was in California. On my flight home to New York, after reading only a few chapters, I unfortunately left it in the seat back pocket of the plane. I'm so happy I ended up experiencing the audiobook (Thank you mole people). This book (especially in audio form) is one of the best things NOFX have ever done as a group of human beings. I want to thank them for sharing all these deep dark parts of their lives, and congratulate them on achieving success, though by all accounts each one of them should be dead or in jail.
Since I didn't read it...yes.
The realness of Smelly's stories of recovery
I really like how each band member evoked each of their personalities to each story.
In the words of Daniel Bryan, "YES! YES! YES! YES!"
Aging Punk Rocker
Highly recommended. The audiobook features the bandmembers themselves sharing their stories. Fascinating to hear their take on the same incidents years ago. Sure, it's chock full of crazy punk rock stories, but there's a surprisingly self-reflective component to some of the narratives. Underneath it all, there are themes of persistence and redemption. And yes, there is a hepatitis bathtub.
Fat Mike is the front man of NOFX. And his over-the-top clowness comes across in the narrative -- but he keeps the walls up. Fat Mike acts as a dispassionate character, almost an observer to the history. This book is Eric Melvin and Erik "Smelly" Sandin's story. We learn of Smelly's troubled family life and how this damaged him considerably, and his horrible descent into becoming a junkie. Melvin shares deep secrets from his past, and how this affected him as well.
I also enjoyed the share-of-voice given to two previous bandmates that would otherwise be a historical footnote, but who instead share their own personal narratives. (In the audio version, their stories are read by Tommy Chong and Jello Biafra [of the punk band the Dead Kennedys]).
Eric Melvin's narrative was amazing. You could hear the emotion in his voice as he was recounting particularly painful memories. You felt like he was talking to you, versus reading to you. (Conversely, the choice of Jello Biafra to serve as a stand-in for the voice of their former guitarist was painful for listening to. It sounded like he was unfamilar with the content he was reading [a cold read], and his campiness really was too over the top. Biafra's natural voice seethes with sarcasm, and it underminded the narrative.
I'm a NOFX fan. So I loved the little pieces of information about the band lore. And I'm an aging punk rocker, so I loved all of the recollections of the 80s punk scene (especially the early 80s LA hardcore scene).
But would an individual who doesn't care about NOFX or punk enjoy this book? I think so. If only from an anthropological perspective.
I was reading the physical book originally, but when I heard the band was reading it themselves for the audiobook version, I made the switch.
Hearing them tell their personal stories was amazing. There are a lot of messed up moments, and some really emotional stories of love, loss, and lots of drug addictions.
NOFX fans can also look forward to a surprising Fat Mike solo song towards the end. It ties into a really heartbreaking story, and it really hit me hard.
In closing, reading the book is great - but listening to them tell their stories personally in this audiobook is the best way to do it.
Let me first say that I have an awareness of nofx but I wouldn't consider myself a fan, while I do like other punk bands and rock music. I had a general idea of the kinds of stuff I could hear about in this book and the fact that it was narrated by the band was even better.
You should listen to this book if u want to hear some crazy stories, you also get to hear about some of the darker sides of being in a band, like all the drugs etc. overall it's a good book and was entertaining for someone.who wasn't a nofx fan.
Channeled by Osama McDonald - This book was great. I loved listening to it, and the familiar voices of every reader. It really gave an interesting view of the band, the individuals in the band, the punk scene, and the music industry, from true insider perspective. Of course it was going to. That's why I bought it. I loved hearing these stories, and, I especially loved Jello's delivery, as I have for many years. I'm now more of a fan of NOFX and punk music than I ever was before, and I was already a pretty big fan. Growing up, and living in a tiny Midwest town, with no music scene, and seeing redneckery all my life, I have discovered my tastes (especially in music) on my own. This book opened my eyes to a few new bands, and made me revisit my love for a few more. I highly recommend this title to anyone - fan or not. It'll make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, and probably buy a record or ten that you didn't have in your collection.
When I first heard that NoFX published a book about the history of the band, I was stoked. This book has everything I wanted in it. There are highs, there are lows. There were moments that were sad, and there were moments where I started laughing uncontrollably while people stared at me on the bus. There were stories that they told where I couldn't believe even happened, and there were othes where I thought, "Yeah, that sounds about right!" Overall, I loved this book. NoFX has been my favorite for well over a decade, and they did not disappoint.
I Already want to listen again & I just finished it
My Favorites Characters? Well Smelly, Hefe, Eric & Mike...& Of course any Mark Curry story is welcome
They read the book themselves..what's not to like
Kill All The White Men
This book is a rollercoaster, On Acid, Great Road stories, Harrowing personal moments, it has it all, Fat Mikes song about having to Kill his Mom is a heartbreaking moment..I Love this book, will listen again & Again
"NOFX souls bared"
Brutally honest, thought provoking, bitter sweet and funny. Laughed out loud and shed a tear.
A must listen for fans and non fans alike.
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