I have only once before given up on a musical biography (and that was the shamefully bad Guns 'N' Roses bio by the late Danny Sugarman) before finishing it, but this has to be one of the worst books out there. How this book got published at all, let alone in hard back is baffling! Stringing together a series of internet sourced quotes from interviews is not how you write a history of a band. Mciver shows precious little understanding of QOTSA music or their place culturally. He skips over pivotal moments in the bands career with an embarassing literary shrug of the shoulders. On original drummer Alfredo Hernandez's departure from the band we are granted ome paragraph and the insight that it was due to 'reasons that have never been fully revealed but which seem to have been amicable'. Hmmm, didn't fancy digging any deeper then Joel? As the title of this thin book states 'No One Knows'.... We all have rent/mortgages to pay but really Joel Mciver should be ashamed of himself here. Queens Of The Stone Age/Kyuss and the Screaming Trees/Lanegan post grunge Desert/Stoner Rock axis deserve so much more than this pitiful excuse of a book. Avoid!!!!!!!
The book is a short history of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age, and while it is definitely a good read, it rarely goes into depth. It's mostly made up of quotes from interviews from various sources over the years, although the author does add his own thoughts and reviews each major album. Most of the interviews and photos can be found online for free, so this is probably for someone who just wants a quick history of the band, and Joel McIver does narrate it well for the most part. The interview with Nick Oliveri, dealing with his dismissal from the band, is overshadowed by the recent revelations from Homme, and so doesnt give the full picture, although that's hardly the author's fault. There are a few factual errors and editing mistakes, and there is much more to the band's story than you'll find in this book, but until a more comprehensive version comes along, this is a fine compromise.
This is it, what me & my buddies have been waiting for for like years. The story of Kyuss will blow your mind and then it just gets better when they turn into QOTSA in 1998. Nick Oliveri doesn't hold nback, tells the author everything and there's cool interviews with everyboidy else too. Can't put this book down man. Buy it