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5.0 out of 5 stars Louder than everything else
Lemmy is the kind of rock star that makes you proud to be British. He doesn't take himself too seriously, he just wants to play in a rock and roll band and get laid after the show. In this book (called an autobiography, but it reads like an interview) he recounts his long career in rock, powered by amphetamines and bourbon, and it is a risible ride indeed. Stories of...
Published on 18 Sep 2003 by Chris Weston
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy duty fun
This is tons of fun. I say that with a bit of caution, because amongst all the stories of wildman antics and rows with record companies there are unwanted children given up for adoption, drug deaths and a murder. And I can't say I find Lemmy's views on disability funny, or agree with the argument he uses to justify his collection of Nazi memorabilia. But mostly this is a...
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by Adam Eterno
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow,
I bought this book on advice from a friend. I couldn't wait for it to arrive and have since not been able to put it down ! Lemmy gives a very honest account of his life he tells of his and others drug use but treats it in such a way so as he adds no gloss to it, its just a thing he does. So far Ive laughed giggled and cried with this book. In places its touching and a reminder to all of us, in others its hysterically funny at the stuff they did and have got away with ... to sum it up its a great read and I would recommend it to anyone Tx
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmy`s White line fever,
White Line Fever: Lemmy - The Autobiography is such a great book to read about one of the best, funny and wild british rock stars.[especially if the reader likes Motorhead, and rock n roll lifestyle.]
4.0 out of 5 stars Lemmy: the Last Man Standing,
I galloped through this yarn in a couple of sittings. It's written in a fast paced conversational style, almost as if Lemmy is sitting right beside you telling his stories over a glass of JD. As rock bios go its fairly unbeatable for dry humour, astute observation about the business and sharp wit. Lemmy begins his tale with an observation about the Christian faith of his parents, one of whom was a preacher who deserted the family when Lemmy was a kid. As the Lemster puts it "I mean you teach people that the Messiah was the offspring of a vagabond's wife (who is a virgin) and a ghost? and this is a basis for a worldwide religion? I'm not so sure. I figured if Joseph believed that one he deserved to live in stables". And so, after Lemmy states his position clearly on life's big question, he then describes in lurid detail how he pursued a different, if somewhat less wholesome existence coupling with girl guides in Anglesey as a teenager, discovering Elvis and rock'n'roll and playing guitar in various local R&B outifits during the 60s, drinking and consuming drugs (he took acid between 1967 until the mid 70s and has been on amphetamine sulphate ever since) and sowing his oats with any willing female who happened to be passing back stage. Most of the book is inevitably devoted to his musical career in Hawkwind, from which he was sacked in 1975 after being falsely accused by the Canadian border police of trafficking cocaine (it was actually his speed stash) and then Motorhead, the loudest and meanest band in the history of heavy duty rock'n'roll. The book provides some interesting insights into how Lemmy and his pals lived a fairly bleak existence in London's bedsit underbelly before Motorhead got a break and found their niche right in the middle of the punk rock phenomenon and how Lemmy's sharp ear for musical trends and lyrical talent for catchy heavy metal rock'n'roll songs took the band to chart success within a few years. As Dave Grohl put it when he reviewed the book, "Lemmy is the last man standing and no one comes close".
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read,
I would recommend this to anyone.Even those with just a passing interest.
Everyone knows that Lemmy is a living legend but in this biography he tells you about his life and career in his own unique and honest way.
It`s one of those books that once started is hard to put down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read.,
I bought this for my partner, who loves Motorhead and Lemmy! he read this book for a few hours every evening, and he was always laughing at the stories told in this book. Worth buying for any Motorhead fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars THe real deal,
I've read many of these books, and being in the business myself I would say this is by far and away the best rock and roll autobiography. Honest, amusing and absorbing, with an obvious sharp intellect at work. I just read the Keith Richards book, and while it's pretty good it actually isn't as interesting or funny as White line fever. That's what I think anyway.
Lemmy could actually on his way to becoming a national treasure, how bizarre is that?
`` Summer of '76. I don"t remember it but I"ll never forget it''
5.0 out of 5 stars Onest story of an honest man,
Lemmy is THE rock 'n' roller par excellence, therefore his true story is as amazing as you might expect it to be.
Lemmy is above all an honest man, a very down-to-earth guy and a very smart and gentle person: being nothing like a rockstar, his autobiography doesn't need to schock "regular" people with crazy anecdotes. He simply tells about himself in a very natural and friendly way, as if he were talking to you at dinner.
In other words, if you are hungry for extreme dirty stories about offensive behaviours and filthy details about a celebrity's life, just search elsewhere, there's a lot of cursed biographies around whose covers tease the reader with warnings like "unsuitable to sensitive audience" etc.
Personally, after reading just half a page, I was helpless with laughter, so I dare to say that most part of the book is pure fun. It's not a humour book of course, and you really can listen to this great man's genuine story.
You won't be disappointed if you take it the right way.
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Overnight Sensation',
As most other reviews have stated, this is an informative run thru' the life of Lemmy; from early days right up to the present and all the mayhem in between.
I was really interested in the amount he had in common [and hung around] with punk bands from the early days, esp The Damned and the Ramones [touring with the former, producing the latter], as well as the obvious metal/rock bands.
He's right though, how many people stopped buying Motorhead records after 'ace of spades'? I know I'm guilty and intend to remedy that by buying a couple of the later ones [probably 1916 and Motorizer unless anyone's got any better suggestions].
An excellent read though and written in a style you'd expect.
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed, booze, sex and rock'n'roll!,
As I would have guessed, Lemmy comes across as a likable, down-to-earth sort of bloke and a larger-than-life character. I'm a great fan of his music-- it's the only heavy metal I listen to. It's a great read and Lemmy is very funny with definite views. Hawkwind fans will be fascinated by his tales of his years with that band. Dave Brock has admitted that firing Lemmy was his biggest mistake. (Lemmy is still bitter about that incident, with some justification, but if you listen to the more level-headed Brock there is another side to that story too.) Some stories, such as Huw Lloyd-Langton's unfortunate acid trip, which led to his disappearance and conversion to Christianity, don't quite tally with Carol LeClerc's account exactly. Sometimes it dies read like someone who drinks a bottle of bourbon a day rambling but great stuff anyway! I could hardly put the book down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Lemmy is such a r'n'r icon? Find it here...,
This review is from: White Line Fever (Hardcover)
This is probably the best musical bio I've ever read.
Ok, even my email addy (lemmyfan@...) betrays my bias toward the man, but this is really a great read and -although my first language is not English- it just lasted for less than a seven-hour train trip, during which I just couldn't put it down.
Part of it's charm is also due to the fact that Lemmy talks about his musical influences and, contrarily to most other heavy metal bios, he starts with people that my parents were listening to, not musicians I used to listen in my teens. This adds quite a bit to his background and explains quite clearly his love for r'n'r.
All the steps in his music career are explained -if not in depth-pretty extensively, but for the last part which is mostly just skimmed over: a pity, but there must be a specific reason behind that. I would've liked to know, among other things, what prompted the project with Slim Jim and Danny B...
Everything is in here, be it women, drugs and booze, so it's a must-read for everybody fascinated by the world of on-the-road music. For the others is a way to discover what it is that made this man one of the most respected people in music.
An interesting part is Lemmy's relationship with business: certain parts make you wanna pick up a Louisville Slugger and go out crackin' record-label suits' heads on his behalf.
Buy this book and put up an assortment of Motorhead's old and new CDs: you'll laugh, you'll cry (well, not really...), you'll feel like headbangin' your skull out.
We are the road crew!
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White Line Fever by Lemmy Kilmister (Hardcover - 4 Nov 2002)
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