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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx by Nikki Sixx
This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx

mbtm2003, September 1, 2011

I have to admit that I was not a big Crue fan back in the 80s. You can't get really get any more extreme than this band. However, with the advent of easily getting information these days, fans get to learn the backstory of various people. Having learned the backstory of Nikki Sixx through various media outlets, I grew to appreciate him as an artist as well as a person. This book has further solidified my appreciation for this guy. It also further explained how he became the person he is today - both good and bad. No, I didn't always agree with his past behaviour, but he has grown up and changed somewhat in his almost 53 years of life. The thing about him is that he is extremely honest and forthright, perhaps to a fault. However, given the state of his growing up years, it is quite easy to see how he came to be as Nikki Sixx. Get the audio version of his latest book to hear him read his own words. There are parts that are laugh-out-loud-hysterically funny and some parts that reduced me to tears. The final few pages really had a huge effect on changing my thinking. He is loud and proud as well as talented - a modern-day renaissance man for the new millenia. These days, I am proud to consider myself a fan of whatever he does, from music to art to photography to radio host. Whatever else you can say about Nikki Sixx, he definitely is thought-provoking!
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Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara
Gods and Generals

mbtm2003, April 18, 2011

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War [12 April 1861], also known as the 'War Between the States,' read Jeff Shaara's well-researched historical tome 'Gods and Generals.' This book explores all the events leading up to that fateful day which caused a long rift in our fledgling nation and pitted brother against brother, father against son. If you are a military history buff, you will gain insight into the planning and tactics employed during the Civil War that changed forever the way battles were fought. I am not particularly interested in military history, but I still enjoyed reading the character studies of the three principal commanders as they staked their claims in the annals of history, even at the cost of their familial relationships as well as their own lives. The reasons for this war are actually quite varied and the author explores every aspect of these. The effects of this war were immediate in the bloodshed caused as well as the vast property damage, but they are still felt to this vary day because of the changes in military tactics and technology of the time. Sadly, we as a country, and the world, still have much to learn from the cause and effect of wars like this even though we have traveled a great distance.
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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol

mbtm2003, February 28, 2011

All I have to say is, "HOLY COW!!!! What a ride!!!!" I just finished this book, and it is even more mind-blowing than 'DaVinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons.' The plot twists and turns, taking the reader on an extremely-hard-to-put-down journey. Just when you think you have the secrets solved, something else occurs in the storyline which blows your ideas all to hell. The final two twists are absolutely guaranteed to make you feel as if someone cut a hole in the top of your head, stuck in a whisk and scrambled your brains. If you love reading a great book that takes you for a great ride, read this book! I am looking forward to reading more from him.
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Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle by Neil Peart
Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle

mbtm2003, January 3, 2011

Neil Peart is the 21st century renaissance man - musician, lyricist, cook, writer, observer of life and travel guide. He is best known as the [still the 'new guy'] drummer and one-third of the trio that is RUSH. This book chronicles legendary Canadian band RUSH as they embark on their 30th anniversary tour in 2004, and is kind of a follow-up to Neil Peart's 'Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road' 'Roadshow' finds him in a much better state and with a renewed sense of life [thankfully!]. His sense of humour is more evident this time around and it is interesting learning bits of trivia about being behind the scenes for an undertaking as large as a world tour for a such legendary band. As with his previous books, Mr. Peart makes a great travel guide with his descriptive writing style and wry observances of the backroads of America. Even if you are not a fan of the band (why aren't you, though???), you will enjoy this book!
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Ghost Rider by Neil Peart
Ghost Rider

mbtm2003, June 28, 2010

In honour of an award-winning documentary having been released as well as a celebration of their nearly 40 years of seriously, awesomely cool music, I recommend this book to everyone. Written by the talented drummer/lyricist of legendary Canadian rock band RUSH, Neil Peart underwent a series of unspeakable tragedies-the loss of his daughter in a tragic car accident and then the death of his wife due to cancer and a broken heart almost a year later. He was left to contemplate whether or not he was interested in continuing to live, and if so, what that life would be like. I cannot even begin to imagine trying to come back from something like that, but Mr. Peart did find a way. Due to circumstances, the band was on a five-year hiatus. This memoir details those tragedies as well the way he found to cope. He hopped on his trusty BMW motorcycle and traveled over 55,000 miles from Quebec to Alaska to the Antarctic Circle down through the western parts of Canada and the United States into Mexico and further down into Central America. During his travels, he slowly came back to humanity and eventually found the photographer who was to become his second wife. He did return to continue his work with RUSH bandmates Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, releasing 'Vapor Trails' which featured several songs about his sojourn. The band returned to the road and ended that tour with three amazingly successful dates in Brazil, including one show performed for the largest audience ever in the band's history.

Even if you don't love this band and their music, you will love this book. Mr. Peart's writing style is somewhat wry, but it is extremely descriptive and full of humour. As private a person as he is, he lets the reader into his psyche as he stuggles to cope with the events of his life. That storyline alone will touch the reader to the core. This book will also appeal to armchair travellers as well as motorcycle enthusiasts all over. Mr. Peart also has an insatiable interest in the world around him and constantly reads. He also recommends various books throughout this narrative-sort of like a book review within a book review. A plus is that he includes lyrics he has written and the band has recorded, some of which seem extremely applicable to his life even though they were written well before the tragedies. If you are a fan of this band, it is almost like a playlist in your head as you read the lyrical snippets. He also indirectly gives clues for areas to visit that are off the beaten track.

No one could ever completely get over the pain of losing one loved one, let alone two. However, he has managed to find a way to survive and even thrive. He and his new wife celebrated the birth of their daughter in August 2009. The band continues to record and tour. Neil, Alex and Geddy have continued to be honored and their strong friendship is evident in everything they do together. The life-affirming outcome alone is so worth reading this book.
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