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- Print Length: 73 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H2AC6GM
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I found Mishka after getting into ultra distance running and another cool cat called Rich Roll. I wasn't really aware of his musical pedigree until reading this book.
This is a high speed, no gory detail spared, roller-coaster ride into the depths of rock n' roll oblivion. The story flows with enough detail to really make you feel like you are witnessing the carnage first hand but with no 'fat' to slow the book down.
I hope he has some more work in the pipeline.
Absolutely the way the book is written and how much I can connect with it.
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Its seriously worth it.
For glory, he was willing to cry, puke, and bleed.
On the road, in the red, so close to success.
A slave to his hubris, or a tiny black dress.
Tormented by rivals, Opana, and hope,
At the gates of rock heaven denied with a curt "Nope."
A story of Stygian hell only more so.
Does he wear a hair shirt? No, that's just his torso.
I didn't see him all that often. Maybe years would pass between our 3-minute conversations at loud venues. And maybe that's the big reason I enjoyed this single so much. It revealed to me all the insanity that was going on in Mishka's life between the time I convinced him to book MY band at Luxx (for the record, not one of the many luminary names he mentions that played there under his tenure), bumping into him on a rooftop in Austin during one of his band Beat the Devil's SXSW shows, to him scaring the shit out of me biking by me in front of my apartment building a couple years back. I feel like so many of the spaces between our casual encounters and rumored madnesses and blurred years have been gloriously and hilariously illuminated.
But parts of it were also a sort of "Please Kill Me"-style anthology of the little corner of rock history I got to witness: Williamsburg and the Lower East Side in the early 2000s. Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars shows at the Mercury Lounge with 30 people in the place. Filthy debauchery at Mars Bar, standing outside Brownies in the freezing cold to get in to catch a glimpse of whatever band was threatening to make a mark on the scene. And our friends' bands struggling to make it—make something, make anything at all—at places like Luxx, where Mishka worked and we all played.
So thanks Mishka! Loved it. It was at once a fun and familiar photo album with lots of detours and parallel story lines.
Honestly, it is not necessary for you to have had the same rock and roll experience, in order to enjoy Beat the Devil by Mishka Shubaly. He gives us a real honest and beautifully written story of his experience living in the rock and roll scene in the early 90's, his struggles with drugs and alcohol, and relationships along the way. I finished Beat the Devil in a day or two and it ended with me thinking....well maybe I should read more of his other stories. I am sure he could write about any subject and it would be really fun and interesting to read.