A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
I recently picked up the Keith Richards bio Life. Pretty awesome read!
I loved how it opened with the story of the Alabama shakedown and he got out of it because he got his big time southern lawyer on the poor cops, then a few pages later he talks about getting beat up on the way home from school as a kid and he gets out of it by getting a big friend to help him dispatch the bullies. If it works, stick with it!
Anybody else read or reading?
Yep, read it and loved it. Loved learning the little tidbits like how Keef is the only actual Stone on "Happy" and how the guitars for JJ Flash were recorded on a crappy cassette player and fed through an amp.
For your next read, I'd suggest "Red" by Sammy Hagar. Really entertaining.
Yeah the little guitar playing and studio technical tidbits are awesome. The parts where he just goes off on little details are almost my favorite so far. Especially that part where he says something like "if you're not into Keith Richard's guitar lessons feel free to skip ahead." Those bits of gold are worth the price of the book as far as me and my fingers are concerned.
As for "Red", I have to say, I'm skeptical. I've never been a fan of Sammy. Ok, there were a couple of Montrose tunes that were fairly cool. But all that red rocker/van halen... not my bag of tea. That said, I read Howard Sterns book years ago and loved it even though I'm not too keen on him either. So I can put aside my opinions in the name of a good read. Here is something I will say for Sammy. I have had his tequila and found it to be extremely drinkable.
I'm not a big fan either, but I read the excerpt in Rolling Stone and was hooked. He's an interesting guy and he's honest as hell. His descriptions of the Van Halen brothers are often jaw dropping.
He's also an amazing business guy. He bought some apartments, installed sprinklers and thought "Hey, let's start a sprinkler company". It's now the 2nd largest in the world. Same deal with racing bikes and his cantinas. As for the tequila - he sold 80% share of it for 100 million bucks. And he doesn't come off as a hard nosed biz guy at all. Just a guy who works hard and allows fortune to smile on him.