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Appetite for Destruction
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
'Appetite for Destruction' is such a must-have book for any self-respecting fan of rock/metal's golden era. Mick Wall might be best known these days for his books, which have included authorised biographies of Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden, Status Quo's autobiography, as well as critically acclaimed titles on rock stars such as AC/DC and Lou Reed. But in 1983, Wall was one of 'Kerrang!' magazine's main journalists, the star cover story writer for nine years. So this man knows his rock-and-roll artists like the back of his hand. This excellent book is kind of a 'best-of' compilation of the now historical, insightful interviews that he conducted with some of rock music's biggest names for 'Kerrang!'.

There are 28 interviews in total, spanning 1985-1995. From Ozzy Osbourne speaking shortly after being charged with the attempted murder of his wife Sharon, Motely Crue's Mick Mars' dishing out some dirt on the band after cancelling their UK tour dates, Jon Bon Jovi at the start of a solo career, and conversations Jimmy Page, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Def Leppard, Nirvana ..., it's all here. As well as this, Mick writes new forewords and aftermaths for each, and his reviews of 1985's Live Aid, Rock in Rio, and Moscow Peace in 1989 are also included.

'Appetite for Destruction' was one book that I truly hated to have to put down because of the rude interruptions of life. It's very easy to read, full of drama, action, humour and insight into the world of rock music. Well done Mick, and many thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2010
Saw this in Waterstones a few days after finishing the Metallica book he wrote. Thought I'd have a look. Started reading in the shop and burst out laughing. So bought it and have now just finished it. I'm too young to have been a Kerrang reader when Wall was at his height in the 80s but reading this makes you wish you were. Brilliant.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2010
Having read the excellent Mick Wall anthology 'Star Trippin'(2006), I purchased this book. Imagine my suprise to find all the stories/interviews from 'Star Tripin' reproduced in this book! I also recall looking at a Classic Rock Magazine Special which reproduced many (if not all?)the 'Star Trippin'stories. There are more stories in this book, but half are from Star Trippin, none of the publicity made this clear.If you don't have Star Trippin I'm sure you will really enjoy this 'new' anthology.
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I love this guys books, great tales from the original rock era. Honest stories that show that these rock icons are actually wild animals
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on 1 September 2014
This book is an excellent read very interesting as I am a big rock and metal fan. I will enjoy reading this.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2010
During the 80s celebrated Kerrang! scribe Mick Wall was the Boswell of the good, the bad and the ugly. Confidante, insider and trusted source of the biggest, baddest and most outrageous of that wonderful decade's biggest rock acts.
For those of us who were there at the time, Mick's jaw-dropping scoops were almost as important a part of the time as the albums and bands themselves that formed the sound track to our wasted youth.

Mick's work, at worst, is always worth exploring but at it's best, as here, where Mick, too, was younger, less cynical (marginally!)it's compelling and wonderful stuff.

I'd read all these pieces, apart from the later Grunge articles, in their original Kerrang! issues at the time and how great to have 'em wrapped up here in one, chunky volume!

It's all here: the sleaze, the horror, the humour along with perceptive insights and, sometimes, a compelling look into the creative processess and motiviations of the bands concerned.

Very much a companion volume to the equally excellent 'Star Trippin'' this is a must-have read. Not just for those of us 40-plus aging rockers but aspiring journalists too. A unique voice with a distinctive style, Mick always delivers.

Sadly, they don't make 'em like this anymore. Either the bands or writers like Mick.
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