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Beat The Devil (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mishka Shubaly
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In "Beat the Devil," addict, alcoholic and bestselling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly returns to battle his ultimate demon: his obsession with rock 'n' roll. Over three decades, his affliction has spawned immeasurable chaos and destruction (and, yes, maybe some debauched good times). While his rivals have graced the covers of Spin and Rolling Stone, Shubaly's projects have always flamed out in the eleventh hour. At 36, sober and stable, Shubaly is poised to finally achieve the rock 'n' roll glory he has lusted after for years... or walk away from his lifelong dream forever. Shubaly spares no gory detail in this autopsy of his wasted years and Beat The Devil is rife with anonymous sex, casual drug abuse and behind-the-scenes desperation borne out of chasing an unattainable dream. Everything that has endeared Shubaly to his readers is here: his resistance to common sense, his inability to accept defeat, his probing intellect, and his heart.

Mishka Shubaly is Amazon's most frequently published Kindle Singles author with a string of four bestsellers to his name. His first-hand account of a disaster at sea, “Shipwrecked,” rescued him from anonymity. “The Long Run,” a mini-memoir detailing Shubaly's transition from drunk-and-drugged gutter dweller to sober ultra-marathoner was a flyaway smash. He continued his hot streak with “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” an incredible-but-true tale of online love gone awry, and “Bachelor Number One,” which chronicled Shubaly's induction into the dark world of reality

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H2AC6GM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I finished this book in one sitting, which is a first for me, even for a kindle single.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Aug. 2014
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Excellent book! It's part memoir, detailing the author's music obsession, his time spent on the road and his personal struggled throughout. Book seems very truthful and I would it very easy to relate to the author. Would highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! 21 Jan. 2014
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The book is terrifying as how true addiction is, how deluded you can get. I was really lucky to have read The Long Run by Mishka, after hearing about him from Rich Roll.

Absolutely the way the book is written and how much I can connect with it.

Buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and enjoyable. 24 May 2014
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A proper confessional. An interesting focus from a guy who's made all the mistakes, in love and in life. Recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars living the dream / surviving the nightmare 7 Dec. 2013
By Aaron C. Lazar - Published on
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If you've ever spent a long cold night playing the same three songs over and over again in a fea bitten closet stuffed to the gills with amps surrounded by a group of people who are trying your patience while you question the sanity of what led you there in the first place... you know where this is coming from; If you've ever laughed hard at bassist jokes; if you've seen peers less deserving but more connected bloom wildly, unjustifiably; if you've questioned your self professed reasons for drawing breath, you will recognize this story. Like all hey-days it looks a lot worse for wear in the rearview. Few people have the courage to look back, Mishka however dissects his failures with masochistic relish. Mostly he wants to make you laugh, he made me sigh more. I suspect this is how Eddie Van Halen felt when asked about Spinal Tap- "not funny- its all happened to ME man..." Except it is funny and depressing and absurd and ill advised and heroic and pathetic. This is a ballad of hard times, self inflicted an otherwise from a brave and bright young writer on his way to imfamy or 'famy' depending on your predilections.

Its seriously worth it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Martyrdom of St. Mishka 6 Dec. 2013
By Jedediah Collins - Published on
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This tale of rock renunciation is sometimes hard to read.
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Kill Me Again: the Electroclash Years. 5 Dec. 2013
By Luke Hughett - Published on
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"Acquaintance" might be too weak and "friend" too strong a word for how I've known the author the past 12 or 13 years.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit melodramatic and narcissistic 29 Dec. 2013
By Madge - Published on
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This was an interesting read but it made me really dislike the author. Sorry. Some stories were interesting, but the constant theme of apathy, self-absorption, self-destruction, and no real "heart" in the main character (the author) just made me... annoyed. And he almost seemed proud of his d-baggery. It is well written, but sometimes the descriptive sentences seemed a little wordy and those words were sometimes a bit pretentious. I don't really feel like rooting for a main character who just doesn't seem to give a sh*t, and doesn't seem to appreciate opportunities that were given to him. Especially the whole going to Columbia thing, most people work so hard to get there and are ecstatic about gaining entrance... Shubaly treats it as if he walked by Burger King one day and said "Yea, I'll put in an application there, whatever, see what happens."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mishka Shubaly could write about broken parking meters and it would be highly entertaining and a great read. 11 Dec. 2013
By Christina Carrozza - Published on
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I think every artist or musician can think back to the times in our lives when we came close to achieving success by "living the dream" and then had the rug pulled out from us. Maybe it's luck, maybe it's just being at the right place or time, either way it can be soul wrenching. A series of promises and let downs over time can wear on our souls.

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.
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