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Absolutely fascinating and very enjoyable,
This review is from: Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: (and Other Things I Learned From Famous People) (Hardcover)
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, and the thought of a few hundred pages of celebrity interviews filled me with a certain amount of dread, but it really surprised me and was hugely entertaining. The numerous interviews are divided into categorized sections, then often broken up into small chunks, so rather than having say a ten page interview with Chuck Berry it is divided into five shorter sections, each a couple of pages long. The book has also been very well edited, so rather than featuring complete, rambling interviews covering several subjects Strauss has chosen to include only the most interesting, revealing and entertaining sections. The majority of the interviewees appear to enjoy their time with Strauss, particularly Chuck Berry and Lady Gaga, but there are a few notable troublemakers who need to learn some communication skills, such as The Neptunes.
The book is also very nicely designed, each chapter having a cover page which looks almost like a title card from a silent movie, and there are numerous sketches of the participants dotted throughout. Due to the structure of the book this is also a great book for dipping into - pick it up, read a page or so, then put it down again, but the fragmented approach of some of the interviews also makes it unputdownable at times.
If I have any criticisms I'd have liked a better index at the back. The book features a list of the interviewees but shows tiny versions of the sketches from the text rather than their names, and there is an index of subjects at the very end rather than of those involved, which is fine if you want to know which pages feature references to drugs, rubber pants, dogs etc. but not if you want to find all of the mentions of a particular person.
All in all this was a surprisingly enjoyable read, often surprising, sometimes moving, always entertaining.