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18 and Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas, to California and finally to Canada and who, at the age of eight, discovered the gift that would change his life.

Throughout his career Sebastian Bach has sold over 20 million records both as the lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist. He is particularly known for the hit singles "I Remember You", "Youth Gone Wild", and "18 & Life" and the albums Skid Row and Slave to the Grind, which became the first ever hard rock album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and landed him on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Bach then went on to become the first rock star to grace the Broadway stage, with starring roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also appeared for seven seasons on the hit television show Gilmore Girls.

In his memoir Bach recounts lurid tales of excess and debauchery as he toured the world with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Soundgarden, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, and Guns N' Roses. 18 and Life on Skid Row is the story of hitting it big at a young age and of a band that broke up in its prime. It is the story of a man who achieved his wildest dreams, only to lose his family and then his home. It is a story of perseverance; of wine, women, and song; and of a man who has made his life on the road and always will. 18 and Life on Skid Row is not your ordinary rock memoir, because Sebastian Bach is not your ordinary rock star.

©2016 Sebastian Bach (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Everything I hoped it would be!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Sebastian narrate his own book. It always makes autobiographies much more interesting when the actual author reads his or her own book. Now I can't wait to buy his book!

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Loved How Sebastian Told His Story

What did you love best about 18 and Life on Skid Row?

How Sebastian tells his story. I've listened to a lot of bios and this one is one of a kind. You hear everything when he is telling you his story. He laughs, makes comments and sound effects.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course Sebastian

Which scene was your favorite?

The start and middle. I grew up listening to Skid Row and all of the bands that he was talking about. He tells the stories, the real stories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just wanted everyone else to hear him. Hear how he tells his story. I'm so happy I didn't read it and I listened to it.

Any additional comments?

This is a truly one of a kind book. I would recommend it to everyone. It's hard to describe the stories and storytelling but if you listen to this book you won't regret it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Like Sebastian Bach?? BUY THIS NOW!

What an AWESOME memoir!!! What makes this even better for a real Fan is HE READS THIS and it's freakin hilarious!!! It's like he is just reading the book and giving you tons of bonus content!!! He gives side comments... laughs.. sings.. it's fantastic!!! This is the real guy!! It's personal and funny! A must read for die hard fans!

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this book will not disappoint .

this book immediately grabs your attention , the way Sebastian narrates the book kept a smile on my face the entirety of the listen as he seems so happy recounting His Glory Days and even the days he enjoys now. there are many great stories here, some that will make you laugh out loud and some that will make you misty-eyed. Amazing Stories include encounters with Metallica, Pantera, Guns N Roses, Motley Crue and many others. he has indeed had an amazing career. I highly recommend this book I wish I could forget it so I can read it again.

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So good!

What a great listen. Sebastian surprised me with how good of a story teller he is. Rock On!

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Metal For Life!

I always thought Sebastian Bach was a snooty jerk of a guy. Once I listen to the book I realized he's a down-to-earth cool guy. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves rock and roll.

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Consistently Entertaining

This was a real treat coming from a genuine fan. Lots of wild stories, glad I got to hear it, lots of audio only bonuses. Read with great character and energy by Sebastian which is why I wanted the audio not the hardcopy.

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Great book by one of my favorite rock singers!

This was a fun book filled with great stories from a great time in the music industry. I highly recommend this book!

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Amazing like being back in NJ

My ex brother in law was the original lead guitarist for skid row before Scotty
any my sisters hung out with the band back in the 80's The book is outstanding! I gave gift copies to my sisters for Christmas. SB is a good guy I always knew but now after listening to this book I know he has a good heart
Freehold Condo? Yea I sold my condo in Raintree (Freehold NJ) too and moved to Santa Cruz CA. Rock on SB
Skid Row, Boni Jovi and all the NJ club bands were great and we all had IROCS
Unbelievable Glad I lived it!
Buy this book!!!!

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True to Form - Larger than Life and Totally Entertaining

As a teen in the 80s that loved Skid Row, Motley, GnR, etc., this book was a nostalgic journey through a time in rock that will never be repeated. If you loved "Oh Say Can You Scream," you'll get that same kinetic Bach energy in the audio book. A lot of stories I never heard before. SB owns prior behavior in a manner that is probably 40% growth, 60% self serving, but 100% true to form. Consummate rock star, larger than life, unabashed. He admits to outrageous behavior that should make you condemn him, but he has always carried that angelic look and true fan persona that makes you want to forgive him anything. And, you can appreciate his work ethic; he's a grinder and/or a hustler, with more lives than a cat, and an apparent ability to will things into existence. Love that the book is in many ways a plea to reunite the original Skid Row lineup. Would love to see a reunion of what in my opinion was a greatly underrated hard rock band of musicians. Overall, if you're a fan of Bach, Skid Row, or 80s/90s rock, this book should be on your list. Recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-17

Typical Sebastian

It's a great listen, the man's very funny to listen too and it's a great story.

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  • MattWar
  • 09-28-17

Great performance

Overall this a great audio book for anyone who witnessed these times and loves the music. It's a great performance by Mr Bach (nobody else could do this justice) but there are a few contradictions throughout that give the indication that perhaps not everything here is as it happened. Sometimes the tales we all want to hear are glossed over and at other times tales not that interesting are given great detail. But, still well worth a listen and interesting in many parts.

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  • Sam Anderson
  • 08-20-17

Bach to my reckless youth with Skidrow

Growing up misunderstood angry at the world I was destined to follow Skidrow and Bach

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  • goonersteve
  • 08-02-17

seb Bach what a story

a fantastic book and Sebastian Bach is a brilliant narrator and is hilarious in places even laughing at some stories himself seriously recommended :-)

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  • sarahm
  • 07-05-17

Good book

Good listen, interesting insight into the life of one of my favourite rockers. Added value with the author's narration.

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  • Miss Janine Wardle
  • 02-18-17

brilliant book, loved every minute

fab book, great insight to his life, his reading brings the whole boom to life

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  • Sarah Holberry-Byrom
  • 01-25-17

Recommend to any fan

I loved this book. It took me right back to my youth and I'm now listening to all those albums again at ear bleeding volume. Bas was a great narrator but I scored 4 out of 5 because he was Soooo enthusiastic it wasn't easy to listen and fall asleep to. LOVED IT.

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  • PeterB
  • 01-09-17

Revelation upon Revelation

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is such an entertaining listen for anyone who has ever heard of Sebastian Bach or Skid Row.<br/><br/>It answers so many questions I had about just where that sound came from? what motivated him/ them to write the songs? The truth behind all of the rumours and lies? Why does Rachel Bolton hate Sebastian so much? Was Jon Bon Jovi really that bad to them? Was Sebastian as big a slut as we all thought he was?<br/><br/>I particularly liked the 'audiobook' extras...great addition.

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  • Kerz
  • 12-26-16

A must listen

Best audio book I have ever listened to! Even if you are not a Sebastian Bach/Skid Row fan this is a really great listen and read by Sebastian makes it really come to life!

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  • richars
  • 12-22-16

Richy kearns loves this

As a big skid row and bach fan it was great to hear my idol share his memorys it was great thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-17

A must read listen for any music lover <br />

You'll laugh and you'll cry at the tales of light and dark as told by a true rock star Sebastian Bach

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-25-17

Loved it!

Thanks Baz - great read/listen! Thanks for share the stories & your life, loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-17

Bach reading his own autobiography... the best!

The story of this rock legend in itself is a fantastic read but to have it read by Sebastian himself was just brilliant. Sebastian's narration is as spellbinding as his singing. Loved it.