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Behind the Sun: The Diary & Art of Hillel Slovak Paperback – August 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0967395609 ISBN-10: 0967395607

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Slim Skinny Pubns Inc (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967395607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967395609
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,924,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Since I'm a huge fan of The Red Hots, esp.
LM
We only get to read certain pages from the diary and because of that it is confusing.
Claire
So, i bought this rare book, to know better who these guys were, their influences.
Bivar

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Frehley on April 29, 2009
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Considering how little is available on Hillel Slovak--both music and literature are scarce--this book is probably one of the best sources about him. After all, it contains his own written words and drawn art. I cannot say I agree with the other reviewers at all. This book is not as bad as they say it is. But, I would be hesitant to pay $80-90 for it. Unless, of course, you are such a diehard Hillel Slovak completist that you MUST own everything. The book does contain some minor printing errors, but nothing beyond the usual mistakes (for example: a word is printed as "me" when it should be "we"). To get to the point, this book is the best printed stuff I've seen about Hillel. It gives you a great insight to who Hillel was as a man. You'll find yourself reading pages where he has written things like "Bedlam in the heart for bliss in bed," and you'll find yourself understanding his death and lifestyle a little bit more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire on July 13, 2012
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Aside from the fact that this book is cheaply made (it fell apart in my hands the first time I opened it) it is completely disappointing as the "diary" of Hillel Slovak. James Slovak is obviously trying to cash in on Hillel's fame by selling his dead brother's diary which is not even presented in its entirety. We only get to read certain pages from the diary and because of that it is confusing. I was kind of skeptical about the idea of a person publishing a dead relative's personal journal but figured I'd give it a chance to see if maybe, like Nikki Sixx's "The Heroin Diaries," a lesson would emerge encouraging those lost souls out there to steer clear of drugs. However, no such lesson seemed to exist leaving me feeling pity for this pathetic soul and disgust at reading what he did write. I still wonder what Hillel would think if he knew his personal thoughts, written down in private, had been made public for anyone to read. If his brother intended to publish Hillel's private diary for the public to read, I think he owed it to us and Hillel to do so in its entirety- not pick and choose only a few entries. Like I said before, this made reading its content totally confusing since he mentioned a girlfriend's name in one entry and then a completely new girlfriend's name in the next. Just picking random entries to print and then marketing this as "Hillel's diary" sells him short and cheats us. Tacky! (I mean if he's going to pick and choose entries to publish, it looks like he could have omitted the revolting narrative where Hillel memorializes a girl's std discharge that he loves to smell and taste... Gross!!!) We do not get to really know much about Hillel by reading this brief account.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bivar on November 24, 2011
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I am very happy with this book. It is so hard to find it, especially by the fact the product is not avaliable anymore (by the way, I am also of Brazil, which complicates any cool thing to get here). The book is really beautiful and it's destinated for huge fans of Chili Peppers and his early years. Hillel's life can be percepted on this book. It's full of draws, paints and thoughts of him. His spirit is shinning at Peppers's songs, and they are my favorite band. So, i bought this rare book, to know better who these guys were, their influences. I was pursuing it for a long time and finally I got it! I love it, the same way I love the Peppers, and a beautiful human soul that it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LM on March 8, 2011
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Since I'm a huge fan of The Red Hots, esp. Hillel Slovak, I had to ask my mother to get me this book via Amazon because it is nearly impossible to find it in Europe.
I'll tell you this - if you are a fan of Slovak's work, you'll certainly appreciate this book. It consists of 166 pages: photos of him, his drawings, paintings and diary entries, which seems a lot, but I would gladly see more of those. Nevertheless, having in mind the fact that Slovak passed away almost 23 years ago and it's difficult to get some information about him, I enjoyed every page and I certainly feel that the book was worth every cent. I wouldn't recommend it, though, to someone who isn't very keen on Peppers.
And one more thing: the binding is horrible, the book started to fall apart the moment I opened it. That is basically the only thing I don't like about this beautiful book.
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By RC on January 23, 2011
i received this book as a gift and i went through the book in its entirety in roughly an hour.
the book is falling apart, there are typos, and it honestly doesn't feel like a true tribute to hillel.
i'm glad i have it, because i wanted to read more into his life and see his artwork, and i'm a huge rhcp fan... but this barely fulfilled my curiosity.
proceed with caution: it isn't all it's glammed up to be with the cover. i wouldn't recommend purchasing unless you're a die-hard fan.
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By A Customer on November 9, 2002
good, not the best it could have been, but i must say it was a very good attempt, but nothing could ever come close to conveying what a great man he was. if you had never heard of him or heard his music before reading this, it would give you a pretty good idea, but not anything like if you had known of him before, good book though! immensly enjoyed!
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