Life On Planet Rock: From "Guns N' Roses" to "Nirvana" - A Backstage Journey Through Rock's Most Debauched Decade Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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"Lonn's tales of rock-and-roll debauchery, excess, and bad business are a love letter to the rock gods." -- Scott Ian Rosenfeld, founder/guitarist, Anthrax
From Guns N' Roses to Nirvana, a backstage journey through rock's most debauched decade, told as only someone who was there through it all could tell it.See all Product description
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No insights, no suprprises, annoyed me too much to last to the end. shame.
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Many years after its release, I stumbled across "Life on Planet Rock" and assumed it would be entirely about the bands I remember Lonn covering in the pages of RIP back in the day. I was kinda right, kinda wrong. While he does talk at length about his dealings with GnR, Metallica, and Motley Crue, there's much more to the story of Lonn Frined than I expected...like his post-RIP gig working for Clive Davis at Arista records. As I type this, I'm listening to Lonn's 1st big find (also a commercial flop) The Bogmen. Not at all the 80's rock/metal band I would've guessed he'd favor.
And that's kinda how the whole book has unfolded for me: one pleasant surprise after another. He writes as much about Pearl Jan and Nirvana as he does GnR. In fact, I've been listening to The Bogmen for days now wondering how they didn't hit it big. And how did I not know about this book until just a few weeks ago? Better late than never, I suppose.
Though Lonn seemed to be able to transform into a chameleon and become friends to a plethora of musicians, the downside of being a shape-shifter is that sometimes, you lose who you are in the process. Lonn openly admits this happening to him at times. This made his journey more real, more authentic, and I wished that he had delved deeper into this inner part of his odyssey.
But, most people will pick-up the book wanting to read about rock musicians, and Lonn does give a good encapsulation of his relationships with the stars. Each chapter primarily focuses on one musician or band, and there are some laugh-out-loud moments too. My favorite was Axl Rose's rant about Warren Beatty during a show in France that was being offered to thousands of people in the States via pay-per-view TV and FM radio. What came out of his mouth illustrated just how human (and angry) rock stars can be.
Lonn witnessed the dark and the light within many musicians, and that's what makes Planet Rock so appealing. Rock stars are just like the rest of us, dealing with life's ups and downs, and Lonn Friend wonderfully captures the essence of how their lives touched and intertwined with his own incredible life.