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Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life in Rock [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Pearcy , Sam Benjamin
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"Very funny and loaded with tales of [Stephen's] many sexual conquests, funny stories about his bandmates, other musical contemporaries of his era and some very unusual first encounters with many of them."--Robert Scales "They Will Rock You.com "

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A jaw-dropping tell-all from the lead singer of the 1980s supergroup Ratt: the groupies, the trashed hotel rooms, the drugs—and just how much you can get away with when you’re one of the biggest hair metal stars of all time.

Women. Spandex. Drugs. Hair spray...Welcome to heavy metal rock ’n’ roll, circa 1980, when all you needed was the right look, burning ambition, and a chance. Stephen Pearcy and supergroup Ratt hit the bull’s-eye. What they did with their fame and fortune is a riotous tale of...

SEX, DRUGS, RATT & ROLL

Pearcy was a scrawny, horny, thrill-seeking teenager with an electric guitar who had graduated from backyard parties in San Diego to half-empty dives in Los Angeles before he and his band broke through at Whiskey a Go Go. Cranking out metal just as metal got hot, Ratt was the perfect band at the perfect time, and their hit single “Round and Round” became a top-selling anthem. The bigger Ratt got, the more excessive Pearcy and his “pussy pirates” became. There was nothing these guys wouldn’t snort, drink, bed, or break. And the fans were just as bad, as husbands and mothers offered up nubile wives and daughters as tribute to their rock ’n’ roll idols.

On a journey that could happen only in America, Pearcy met everyone from Michael Jackson to Drew Barrymore (at age twelve, at a New York nightclub, at 2 a.m.) to Rodney Dangerfield. His infamous partner-in-crime, Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby, a blond Viking with an unsurpassed appetite for drugs and women, cuts a towering and tragic figure throughout.

As Ratt scrambled up a wall of fame and wealth, so they experienced the gut-wrenching free fall, after too many hours in buses, planes, and limos; too many women; too many drugs; and all the personality clashes and ego trips that marked the beginning of the end. Pearcy offers a stunningly honest selfportrait of a man running on the fumes of ambition and loneliness as the party crashed. His rock ’n’ roll confessional, by turns incredible, hilarious, and lyrical, is a story of survival—and a search for the things that matter most.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17862 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145169458X
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O50KAS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A familiar tale... 8 May 2013
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So I must have read pretty much every rock book going, in some cases even ones where I don't like the band.

By those standards, I think Motley Crue's "The Dirt" would be pretty difficult to ever top in terms of the definitive rock bio, but this one is definitely an entertaining read.

It's a good mix of background into the music biz, showbiz gossip, plus Pearcy's honest assessment of his drug/booze demons.

I have the Bobby Blotzer (Ratt drummer) book too which I also enjoyed, but Pearcy comes across more self-deprecating than his drummer, whilst probably equally flawed as a person.

Anyway, a great read if you're a Ratt fan or 80s rock fan in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excesses of an 80's metal star 27 Aug 2013
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I liked this book! I may be slightly biased, as a huge ratt fan and admirer of Pearcy as a frontman, but for me it perfectly encapsulates the glitz and grime of the 80's LA metal scene, whilst describing in detail his early life and the rise of the band which would eventually become Ratt. Add in some amusing personal anecdotes about other bands- Van Halen, Motley Crue and W. Axl Rose all feature, amongst others- plus a reasonably dry and self deprecating wit, and for fans of the hair metal era you've an extremely entertaining read!
I would've liked to hear more about the other band members.....the late Robbin Crosby gets a decent amount of coverage, but Juan Croucier and Warren DeMartini are barely mentioned. Also the songs themselves are hardly touched on- and as Pearcy was Ratt's principal songwriter i find that baffling!
Overall though a good read, especially for fans of 80's rock and metal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars such a fun read 22 Sep 2013
By J. Ford
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apart from the heroin diaries,this is my favourite boig - and i have read most of the recent rock/metal stars books.this i read in one day - couldnt put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all, almost 11 May 2013
By damnisthistaken - Published on Amazon.com
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A couple of these negative reviews are silly. Read the darn title, if you don't want to read stories of 80's decadence, look elsewhere. Now to the book.

First, I am actually very surprised at how well it's written. It tells Stephen's story starting from an early age, and it flows well. However, it inserts some alternate reading points throughout, and others' viewpoints, and these keep it fresh as you read. Obviously, most readers will be RATT fans, and there is RATT data here, and Mickey Ratt stories. Many will also want to read about 'King' and there are numerous references to Robbin.

I actually found the stories raunchy, yet not stomach turning. I mean I knew what went on 'during the day' and only one reference made me feel like something was totally uncalled for (girl left outside Bobby's hotel room). Actually, Stephen took the middle road a few times, I can't say the high road, but he didn't dive into the sin more than waist deep a few times.

I was very interested to see what SEP said about the other members of RATT, and I found him to be complimentary about them and especially their musical talent. He was obviously open about the feuds, and every fan knows he and Bobby had/have some personal stuff between them. However, there is no slanderous insults by any means.

I actually started this book yesterday afternoon, and finished around midnight. I completely surprised myself by wanting to read it straight through. I knew there would be Gladiator stories (RATT and Motley gang), but there were a lot of other 'celeb' stories in there also.

The funniest parts are SEP's stories with his rehab doctor/therapist. BTW, what I've seen lately from RATT live, tells me the band and SEP are vibrant and refreshed. I'm just as impressed with this book and think SEP has got things going in the right direction. Looking forward to new music and new stories!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pearcy tells the world 20 May 2013
By Tommy Skylar - Published on Amazon.com
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First we had Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer write a memoir and now singer and now frontman Stephen Pearcy releases in his own a few years later. Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll is exactly what the premise of the title indicates, if that suits you great, if it doesn't, that's fine too. The warning is right there in the title. First off, I think the most remarkable thing about Stephen is that he always had enough drive and luck, and was determined enough that he always knew his way around or people to help him along his path to rock stardom and success. The guy knew Van Halen before they were famous, hung out with Ozzy and Motley Crue and has a bunch of stories to tell that make you see that he had charisma or something about him to help make his ambitions come fruitful. I'll tell you right away, most of the book is focused on the glory days of Ratt, from their inception playing bars and their multiplatinum success throughout the 1980's with a large part of it centred on the excess of it all.

I would have liked Stephen to go more into the process of writing and creating songs but since a lot of Ratt songs seem to celebrate excess in one way I suppose it all makes sense. Stephen Pearcy tells interesting tales, yet they're almost all based on excess, sex and drugs. Like when he talks about being in a hospital for months he's still dirty and manages to have a relationship with one of the nurses there. There isn't a whole lot of depth to his book to be honest, its mostly a tale of Rock N Roll debauchery but a good one at that. Where the book works best is when Stephen talks about the early club days of Mickey Ratt and Ratt but especially when he talks about Robin Crosby. Stephen clearly considered Robin his brother, his best friend at least at some point and when he talks about him is really when his emotions come out. Otherwise Stephen made it clear that it was pretty much all just a big party to him.

He had great stories to tell about Robin and those were always entertaining to read. Yet he doesn't talk a whole lot about the rest of them. He makes it clear that there has always been some grudges between him and Bobby Blotzer but there is so little mentions of Warren Demartini and even less of Juan Croucier. Stephen talks mostly about his teenage years, going to see bands, girls and then forming different bands who eventually became Ratt, their initial success and the tours and recordings up until right after the Dancing Undercover tour. Once we get to the Reach For The Sky album the coverage becomes less and less and Pearcy skims through. There is less talk about the albums, recording and tours from then on and we get almost progressively less and less details. What really makes the book work is that it comes off as really being Stephen Pearcy talking to you and his character is all over the book, which makes it hard not to like.

By reading this you would think that when Ratt disbanded and he went to do Arcade and different music projects he was still making a ton of money and being on top of the world. You get the impression that in his world Grunge never happened and the scene stayed the same. That's the thing though, Stephen doesn't exactly complain and seems to be content, not happy but nonchalant about what happened since and couldn't care less. Ratt is still out there doing gigs and it gets him through. I was surprised that through all of it Pearcy never really became sober, even for a short while. Even when his daughter was born he was still struggling with drugs and alcohol and makes his love of marijuana pretty clear throughout the book. He doesn't give the impression that he ever stopped, in fact he pretty much *tells* us so. He goes to rehab at one point, and one of the most humorous things here is when he talks to a doctor every now and then throughout the book and the questions and answers are very funny. I like that he is very honest and doesn't hide anything, about him or anyone else screwing up, his personal flaws, mistakes and his demons. You sense that he has nothing to hide and he is an excellent storyteller as well.

I might have made it sound like just another book about Rock N' Roll and excess, and in a way it is but Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll was a book I enjoyed and didn't put down easily. I read it very quickly and enjoyed it. Even though fans will be left with questions and might have anticipated a little more, we get a good sense of Stephen Pearcy is, his life and a good look at Ratt. I made it clear that it's not phenomenal or an absolute must read, but curious Ratt fans could do worse than pick this up, it's an entertaining memoir and a lot of it was either interesting or funny. It's not one of the best Rock memoirs I've read by far, but it's not one of the worst either and I was really into it so I can't really complain about much really. If you're a fan of Ratt or are looking to satisfy your hunger for some more Rock reads, go right ahead Mr. Pearcy's life makes for good reading. 4 stars.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not surprised at the content, but disappointed overall 16 Sep 2013
By A. Dowdall - Published on Amazon.com
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Though I was a huge Ratt fan in the 80's, I was a young teen and therefore removed from the reality of the scene they lived. However, as an adult now, I thoroughly expected sexual conquest stories, drinking stories, etc. I am an avid fan of biographies, rock in particular, so it's kind of hard to shock me. The most disgusting book I ever read was The Dirt by Motley Crue, because they were mean and destructive and gross just for the sake of it. They never learned anything, or grew as people, or had any regrets about all the people they hurt. With Stephens book, I enjoyed the stories of how the band came out, and the success. I didn't even mind many of the sexual conquests. But as this book went on, the stories got sickening and he doesn't even refer to them as girls or women, just chicks or "trim". He is obviously a sex addict which never even came up, and he never had one connection with a female throughout the whole book except for his mom and daughter. On page 189, what he describes would be considered sexual assault. It repulsed me. For someone to think this is a funny story says a lot. The girl was unconscious! I was disappointed in how little he discussed the death of Robbin, someone he cared about very much. He never mentioned it until the last few pages, he made one comment that he'd had HIV for years, but never mentioned it earlier at all (I assume it was from intravenious drug use) and after that Stephen launches into extreme drug use, with no revelation about cleaning up, despite allegedly wanting to be a dedicated dad. I came away from this book with a good idea of the scene and how the band formed and crashed, but with a low opinion of Stephen overall. Not to mention, these guys must've been the most diseased ridden dirty men who say they love women but think of them as "sluts" (and I'm not saying there weren't sluts, but how about humanizing some of these girls? I bet some of those funny stories are some "chicks" darkest times. Anyway, after awhile I got tired of story after story. I wish he'd focused on the music and band relationships in more detail and dropped a few of the gross out stories.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of Info 19 Jun 2013
By PhilthyL2805 - Published on Amazon.com
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Lets get 1 thing straight in regards to some of these other reviews. WTF is an "also ran" band. Sounds like its intended to be demeaning & disrespectful. RATT had at least 4 top 20 US albums and within the 80s Hard Rock scene, which was obviously VERY popular from mid eighties until late 90s, RATT were 1 of the biggest bands. Bottom line, they had success. These degrading reviews are probably written by failed musicians who are jealous.

There are parts of this book that I like. Pearcy gives an interesting insight into his upbringing, how he got into music in the 1st place and a good commentary on how RATT built their success, which he had probably the biggest hand in. He was relentless in pursuing success. Whilst his band mates no doubt contributed, every successful band usually has at least 1 driving force within it and in RATT, it certainly appears that was Pearcy.

What I found disappointing was what Pearcy left out of his book.
RATT is 1 of my favorite all time bands so I have read quite a lot of info on them and the individual band mates over the years, including drummer Bobby Blotzers book which is very critical of Pearcy in all sorts of ways for which Pearcy had suggested he would refute within his book. He didn't do anything of the sort. I'm not giving away the stories here, its been all over Hard Rock websites over the years and is on the VH1 special on RATT. Pearcy was accused by his bandmates of walking out on the band in the early 90s whilst they still had contractual obligations which in effect cost them all considerable amounts of money financially. I think maybe even Bobby suggested, within his book, that both him and Pearcy went bankrupt because of it which Pearcy has since denied.

I'd also ask him about the friction he had with Bon Jovi when they supported RATT and how it had been suggested that Stephen tampered with their show to which JBJ took issue with.

We've all read the drug stories by other rock stars which are starting to get a little boring in my opinion.
There is something about Pearcy's recollections which I just doubt genuineness but maybe thats just me.

In all the interviews I've seen of him, he's particularly boring and manages to come off sounding brain damaged. Maybe he is from all his self declared partying.

It would have been nice to have more info regarding RATTs glory years and more info on what went on in his life, with and without RATT, after that. Its like when you get where he quits RATT, the 1st time in early 90s, you've 80% finished the book!

RATT fans will probably enjoy this. Possibly so will most Hard Rock fans. However those interested in neither, will probably not find much depth in this book. Its no Anthony Kiedis book thats for sure
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories of the 80's 28 Jun 2013
By Thomas Kuhlman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book brought back many great memories of the 80's music that I grew up listening to. Highly recommend and will probably read it again next year.
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