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Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: (And Other Things I Learned From Famous People) Hardcover – 5 May 2011

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857861166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857861160
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"We might as well have had sex by now." (Lady Gaga)

"The Mike Tyson of interviewers." (Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum)

"The best interview of my life." (Britney Spears)

"One of the longest and greatest interviews I've ever had." (Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys)

"One of our favourite interlocutors." (Bono)

"The best and most honest daily newspaper reporter rock has ever seen." (Dave Marsh)

"Well Neil, f**k you." (Phil Collins (in an angry letter to Neil))

"[Strauss has] had fantastic access to an enormous range of famous people..." (Keir Hind Skinny)

"When dealing with the media-savvy, emotionally frail modern megastar...[Strauss'] techniques certainly get results." (Andrzej Lukowski Metro)

"Strauss becomes confessor, accomplice, champion and prosecutor. One minute he's discussing feminism with Lady Gaga. Next, he's taking part in the Ho'lympics at the home of rapper Ludacris." (Colin Waters Sunday Herald)

"one of the most intuitive interviewers and portraiture artists on the Rolling Stone/NY Times payroll ... Addictive." (Peter Murphy Hot Press)

"Strauss is genuinely trying to shake down celebrity for the small change of wisdom. ... Strauss can be an imaginative and sympathetic interviewer and packaged up alongside his A-list interviews are encounters with unsung heroes." (Observer)

"Fantastically entertaining." (Sunday Times)

"It's almost overwhelming when you realise the wealth of people [he has interviewed]...beautifully designed, it's a lovely thing to own." (Alex Heminsley BBC 6 Music Nemone)

"Strauss is a deft narrator and expert inquisitor. He cuts out the flowery descriptors and gumpf that comes with interviewing a star...and strips it back to the revealing nitty-gritty, absurd and amusing exchanges we all wish we could be privy to. ... The perfect book to dip into." (Kim Taylor Bennett Time Out)

"an insight into the inner workings of contemporary fame" (RedHanded)

"fantastically riveting" (RedHanded)

"rare skill... extremely intriguing/entertaining" (RedHanded)

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You can tell a lot about someone in a minute. If you choose the right minute . . .

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Format: Paperback
This is a book that will appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in celebrity culture. It is a shame that Neil has often become the poster boy for "pick up artists" and everyone places an expectation for him to fulfil his role as some kind of sage for the lonely. This is not a follow-up to The Game but is rather at first glance a collection of his superb writing for "Rolling Stone" and other publications principally as a music journalist.

He is probably the finest of his craft around at the moment and the book takes the format of excerpts from interviews that often capture celebrity behaviour at its most candid. There are so many moments that will change your perceptions on celebrity as a concept and make you realise that many of these people have real difficulties or problems just like those who have no fame. Strauss captures and asks how people deal with these problems. Some turn to drink, some turn bitter, while others simply write him angry letters telling him to f-off!

It would have been a great read if he had simply compiled these in order of their star status alone to make it more appealing to the casual reader. Instead he has intellegently structured the book into various themes, with appropriate narration along the way to highlight their relevance to the reader. The end result is a dense patchwork of life-stories that hold lessons for us all on how to approach life and work to acheive personal goals.

This book is entertaining, thought-provoking and above all really good fun. I do have favourite moments but they are probably too shocking to repeat here!
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This is a great book to dip into and out of, as well as being beautifully structured so readable in a short space of time. There will be interviews with people you've already heard of and are a fan of, interviews with people you don't like, and interviews with people you were previously unaware of. All of these interviews are woven together wonderfully. Neil's ability as an interviewer means he gets great stories and he talks to people who are obscure or usually reluctant to do interviews. If I wasn't busy already I'd like to be Neil Strauss, it sounds like he had fun talking to some of these people. I especially loved the epilogue, where Neil puts together a list of instructions for living, based on other people's commonly made mistakes.
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Format: Hardcover
This was an average read. It started well, but after the first 100 pages it began to get a bit tedious. There were a lot of interviews with Z-Celebrities, complete unknowns - they could have been interviews with anyone!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Snippets and insights from many interviews - entertaining, good for dipping in to. There is some lack of coherence - but when there are so many interviewees, that is not a surprise.

A good read
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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I couldn't put it down. One of the reasons that it's so good as each chapter teaches you something new and has it's own story. It's a book that I will continue to dip in to and re-read and I believe that is the mark of a great work. I think all of Neil Strauss' books are interesting and exciting but even if you've read none of his writing so far then this is a great place to start. Buy it now!
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By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2011
Format: 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.
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Format: Hardcover
Lady Gaga is a lot more interesting than her music, Bruce Springsteen really is the Boss even though he doesn't act like one and Snoop Dogg is much smarter than his English makes him seem like.
Neil Strauss might be one of the greatest music journos.
Recommend it as top 5 on the list of anyone interested in pop culture and entertainment.
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