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Don't Try This at Home: A Year in the Life of Dave Navarro Paperback – 3 Nov 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; New edition edition (3 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060988533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060988531
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Navarro racked up four platinum records and three Grammy nominations as the guitarist of Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His 2003 marriage to Carmen Electra was captured in MTV's popular reality series, 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave.



Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, Emergency, and Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead. He is also the co-author of three other New York Times bestsellers - Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt and Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road out of Hell. A writer for Rolling Stone, Strauss lives in Los Angeles.


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Teaming up with Neil Strauss was a match made in heaven for Dave Navarro when they wrote Don't Try This At Home. Depicting a year in the life of Navarro, with his already present heroin addiction (now almost taking over his life), his rehabilitation and the epilogue which is his marriage in 2003 to Carmen Electra, this is an intimate insight into this rock star's life. Sometimes it feels as if you shouldn't be reading, but it is so compelling, even though it is "dark" in places.
During the writing of the book, Navarro had a photobooth installed and anyone who came by his Hollywood home had to go in the booth. As a result, those pictures are scattered all over the pages of the book - glamour and debauchery all the way!
I'd recommend this to anyone who's interested in the rock'n' roll lifestyle - especially from a personal viewpoint. If you loved The Dirt and The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, you'll enjoy this.
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This book follows a year in the life of Dave Navarro as seen through the eyes of Dave and co-writer Neil Strauss,who spent a large part of the year living at Daves house in the Hollywood Hills.The book was written when Dave was a heroin addict and as a result of his drug addiction I found a large part of the book was just the mad and sad ramblings of a drug addict,who just seemed to stay at home all day shooting up?
The parts written by Strauss however are an interesting read and give a good insight into the dark self-destructive world of Navarro.
Dave had a photo-booth installed in his house while the book was being written,and everyone that entered the house had to have photos taken for the book.All the photos are the best part of the book but it would have been nice to know who the photos are of, as I found myself reading about people who are in the book but not being able to put a face to those people who are being written about because the photos are so random.
Overall this book is worth reading its a bit slow in parts but is still a good read.
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Perfect quality. Just a slight fold in the main hardback cover but nothing to complain about. The book was bought with the heading 'used' 'as new' for what I paid it was well worth it. Great read if you like biography's and a must for Dave Navarro fans.
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Neil Strauss has written some interesting and insightful books, but this is not one of them. He seems to write from the position of acolyte rather than biographer and Dave Navarro doesn't do much in this narrative to earn that kind of fawning respect. It's pretty disappointing, disjointed and with nothing particularly interesting or exciting to say, so you're better off going for Filth or The Game.
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What a self-centered egotistical jerk Navarro is... The word 'I' is used far too often and you wonder if Dave ever considers anyone other than himself. His life is all about shooting up and bad sex... great... oh and don't forget Dave's obsession with analysing all his thoughts and feelings...so boring when you consider he is so drugged up he probably has no grip on anything REAL.
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