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Alice Cooper: Golf Monster - How a Wild Rock'n'roll Life Led to a Serious Golf Addiction
Alice Cooper: Golf Monster - How a Wild Rock'n'roll Life Led to a Serious Golf Addiction
by Alice Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocktastic!, 28 April 2015
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Excellent convo with the weird and wonderful Mr Cooper. Shock rocker, alcoholic, golfaholic and born again Christian: he definitely goes against the grain. I've always liked Alice and this book does nothing to change my mind on him. A true gentleman and great ambassador for the world of rock n' roll.


The Seventh Sign
The Seventh Sign
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neo-classical goodness..., 18 April 2015
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It's Yngwie. Nuff said!


No More Hell To Pay
No More Hell To Pay
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Stryper, old danger..., 18 April 2015
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Killer old school Stryper sound.


Msg
Msg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' fashioned blues rock..., 18 April 2015
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Blues rock & roll like your mamma used to make it!


"Aerosmith": What it Takes
"Aerosmith": What it Takes
by Dave Bowler
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Snakehipped rock bio still has plenty to give., 11 April 2015
Aerosmith: What It Takes is perhaps the slimmest rock bio I've ever read, weighing in at just 129 pages. Still, this little pulp-sized paperback packs a lot in and, while the legendary excesses of Tyler, Perry & co are not at all skimped on, the focus is squarely on the music. We get the glory years of the band; the rags to riches of the 70s, the patchiness of the early 80s before they rose to stardom again with a late 80s rebirth as hair metal icons. Even by rock bio standards, this is a dysfunctional tale and one that authors Bowler and Dray tell with great enthusiasm and integrity. And despite being published back in 1997, it's still a worthy addition to any rock and metal fan's library today.


The Beast
The Beast
by Paul Di'Anno
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Sex and drugs... but not much rock n' roll., 30 Mar. 2015
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For the uninitiated, Paul Di'Anno was the lead singer with Iron Maiden for their first two albums - prior, of course, to Brucie joining in 81. This book regales his life story in an engaging and colloquial narrative that makes for very easy reading. Easy, that is, if it weren't for the content...

In fairness to Di'Anno, he pretty much sets his stall out in the opening pages: this is a down and dirty, no holds barred bio which gives it to you straight. But, for me, there was just too much in the way of sex and drugs and not enough rock n' roll.

For an eye-opening and brutally honest look at how the showbiz lifestyle can make a monster out of a man, look no further. But fans of Di'Anno's music, from his work with Maiden through to Battlezone and Killers, may be left wanting more.


Simplicity
Simplicity
by Mark Salomon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.80

4.0 out of 5 stars for want of a better expression. As an atheist, 8 Mar. 2015
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Well-written rock bio that ends up as more of a commentary on the Christian music industry - which is HUGE business in the US. Although largely scathing of the business side of things, Saloman's still very much a Christian and he can lay it on a bit thick, for want of a better expression. As an atheist, that element got a little too much for me and I have to admit to skipping a few pages as he did a bit of the ol' mental gymnastics to justify this or that doctrine to himself. But for the most part, a refreshingly candid and well written account of life within this sub-culture. Makes a great companion piece to 'Body Piercing Saved My Life'.


7-String Guitar: An All-Purpose Reference for Navigating Your Fretboard
7-String Guitar: An All-Purpose Reference for Navigating Your Fretboard
by Andy Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Feb. 2015
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Great, easy-to-follow guide for 7 string guitar playing.


Rising Force
Rising Force
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shredtastic!, 23 Feb. 2015
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You simply cannot beat a bit of Yngwie! Great debut with a healthy mix of instrumental tracks and vocals. Yngwie's guitar shines right off the bat.


The Echo Man: (Byrne & Balzano 5)
The Echo Man: (Byrne & Balzano 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars another in his bestselling and always excellent Byrne & Balzano series, 26 Jan. 2015
Richard Montanari knocks it out of the park with this 2011 novel, another in his bestselling and always excellent Byrne & Balzano series. The Echo Man gives me all that I want in crime: great characters (flawed sleuths and a theatrical villain), a cleverly layered plot, sharp writing and - most importantly - pages that practically turn themselves. If you enjoy the old school noir/ pulp style of writing but would like a more contemporary setting, check out Montanari.


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