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Dee Snider
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6 Jun 2013
A classically trained countertenor who sang with his high school choir, Dee remembers the day he decided he was "not gonna take it" and stopped caring what people thought about him. Following in the footsteps of his idols Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath, Dee jumped from band to band until he met Jay Jay French and Twisted Sister. But it wasn't until he met his costume-designing soul-mate Suzette that they developed his unique style. Dee's hard work finally paid off with an impressive resume that includes: a monster hit record; smash MTV videos; a long-running radio show, "The House of Hair"; appearances in film (Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Howard Stern's Private Parts, StrangeLand) and television (Growing Up Twisted, Celebrity Apprentice); and a starring role in Broadway's Rock of Ages. He even authored a teenage survival guide that was required reading in Russia! Filled with entertaining anecdotes and candid confessions, Shut Up and Give Me the Mike takes you through the good times and bad with a heavy metal star who worked as hard as he played, and who did it all for his wife, four kids, and millions of "SMF " (Sick Mother F******) fans.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery; Reprint edition (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451637403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451637403
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dee Snider is the lead singer and songwriter for the multiple-platinum-selling heavy metal band Twisted Sister. He is also a noted reality show star, radio personality, and voice-over talent, as well as a screenwriter and author of the book Dee Snider's Teenage Survival Guide.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight From The Horses Mouth! 3 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Dee Snider is on my guest list of interesting people I'd like to have over for dinner. Of course, in the abscence of such an unlikely scenario, this book will suffice. And what a cracking read it is too. Dee is a true rocker and comes across as (underneath the 'goes-with-the-job' rock star ego etc) a genuinely decent bloke. Everybody talks about the drive and determination of Henry Rollins but, after reading this autobiography, I'd have to say that the sheer dogged determination and attitude Snider (especially) and the other TS lads exhibited during their frustrating, snail-like ascent to the top and beyond is equally as admirable, if not more so than that of Rollin's legendary motivation. Told in an informal, conversational style, Dee recounts all the hurdles, bad luck, good fortune, all the highs and lows of his career and personal life thus far from the bars and clubs to heyday and present day. It's nice, for a change, to read a rock autobiography by a guy who had no taste for drink and drugs etc and this, I think, makes his perspective that much more clearer, different and less cliched than alot of other rock stories. It's a rags to riches to rags to (relative) riches story told with verve, originality and alot of humour; a great read, even if you're not a Twisted Sister fan. Being a bit too young to have seen them 'back in the day', I sure hope they do a few shows in England sometime in the future, as I'd love rock out to some classic TS numbers straight from the horses mouth! Rock on SMFs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a TS fan but...... 22 Jun 2013
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I like twisted sister but do not consider myself a fan. I really enjoyed this book I was expect the usual sex,drugs and rock and roll. But what I actually got was an honest sober ,drug free recollection of how Dee Snider fought and scrambled to the top of the rock tower only to fall down to earth but not giving up and keep going for his family.
I will if you tried to a wife using Dee's methods, Hesse day it would called stalking. Well done Mr Snider, bravo sir for an auto biography that really breaks the mold and stands out from the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give Dee the Mic! 11 April 2013
By Mike
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Waited so long to hear Dee Snider tell his story, and it was well worth the wait. This is an amazing story of one of rocks most entertaining performers, from the worlds most underrated band. Anybody intrested in Dee Snider, Twisted Sister, or just loves a good read should get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True insight 4 April 2013
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Great insight into a legendary a legendary frontman. Tells it how it was, the struggle to make it big and how the industry works ,or in Dees case worked against him more often than not. By the end of the book you cannot help but admire him and genuinely like the guy for his morals and stamina. Great book. If you get the chance to see him live then treat yourself, my wife doesn't like metal but still says it was the best show ever!
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Being a big SMF and massive fan of Dee Snider, I downloaded the digital version of this book at once when I learnt the book was already published. I enjoyed every chapter thoroughly for I followed Twisted Sister all throughout Under The Blade, You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll, Stay Hungry, Come Out And Play and Love Is For Suckers. And Mr. Dee writes here about making those albums and Twisted Sister MTV videos of 'We're Not Gonna Take It' and 'I Wanna Rock' and all that.

Mr. Dee warned in Forewarned (Foreword) page that this book is not about Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll like autobiographies by other rockstars. But it's about Anger, Violence, Love & Rock 'N' Roll which is what Mr. Dee's life was about. His angry attitude as a young man. His devotion for his family all the way. And his dream of rock 'n' roll. His effort in making the dream come true and at the same time trying to be a good husband and a good father makes me adore this Iron Man of Rock ten times more.

Reading this book feels like as if Mr. Dee is doing the talking and I listening in some pub drinking beer. I laughed many times. He talks about his life as a kid, family and school. His childhood obsession of being centre of attention. His adolescent hanging around streets with school buddies. His teenage dream to be a rockstar. Joining Twisted Sister. Finding his true love and future wife Suzette. Some ugly insight into the music industry. His Grammy Award presentation experience and of other TV shows, radio shows, broadway shows and movies. PMRC issues and his statements. And a lot more. He pours out all his anger, sentiments, hatred, egotism, mistakes with one hundred percent of honesty.
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