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Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness Paperback – March 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0061543678 ISBN-10: 0061543675 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; First Edition edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061543675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061543678
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Journalist Strauss, who has coauthored books with the band members of Mötley Crüe (The Dirt) and porn superstar Jenna Jameson (How to Make Love Like a Porn Star) now offers a terrific look at the dysfunctional livelihoods of stardom, a theme based on his many interviews for various publications. Strauss went back to his original interview tapes and notes in search of moments—mostly unpublished—that reveal "the truth or essence of each person, story, or experience." He liberally and ingeniously cuts back and forth between scenes, such as pairing the youthful, arrogant claims of Oasis that the band could have been the Beatles in the 1960s with the tortured feeling of the Who's aging leader Pete Townshend ("All we can do in the future is look back"). In other instances, he shows the self-doubt shared by Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner and actor Orlando Bloom. But the best moments come when Strauss has earned such trust of his subjects that he becomes part of some very weird scenes, all of which are presented in all their often hilarious detail: shooting guns with Ludacris, getting kidnapped by Courtney Love, making Lady Gaga cry, and shopping for Pampers with Snoop Dogg. (Mar.)
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“We might as well have had sex now.” (Lady Gaga)

“If you were a girl, I’d f*ck you.” (Bo Diddley)

“We could do fifteen minutes in Vegas.” (Chuck Berry)

“One of the longest and greatest interviews I’ve ever had.” (Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys)

“The best interview of my life.” (Britney Spears)

“Well Neil, f*ck you.” (Phil Collins, Angry Letter to Neil Strauss)

“The best and most honest daily newspaper reporter rock has ever seen.” (Dave Marsh, Author)

“This excellent bathroom read is boiled down like little rocks of crack.” (Library Journal)

“Gonzo interviewing at its best.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“A terrific look at the dysfunctional livelihoods of stardom.” (Publishers Weekly)

“God bless the demons—and Neil Strauss too.” (Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe)

More About the Author

Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, and Emergency. He is also the coauthor of three other New York Times bestsellers--Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt, and Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road Out ofHell--as well as Dave Navarro's Don't Try This at Home, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. His latest book, Everyone Loves You When You're Dead, collects the 228 best, craziest, and most soul-baring moments from his adventures with musicians, celebrities, and icons while writing cover stories for Rolling Stone and the New York Times. Strauss lives in Los Angeles and can be found at www.neilstrauss.com.

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The book eloquently combines a range of interviews from celebrities.
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As with all of Neil's books, this is one you will want to read from start to finish without stopping.
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This book is an incredible read with wonderful insights into humanity.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By NPRjunkie on April 22, 2011
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I was looking forward to reading interviews from this journalist. I heard him speak on NPR and had high hopes. I didn't expect it to be chopped up into short pieces of an interview then ended (to be continued) and start with another interview. Then you pick back up with the initial interview several pages in and then switch to another interview before it's completed! It gave me a a headache trying to read through it. I guess it's good for someone who wants some small sections to pick up and read in the bathroom for example. Or maybe for someone with a short attention span. But I couldn't keep each interview straight from the others as I'm trying to recall the situation once the story starts back up again. Maybe it's a choose your own adventure book and you're supposed to jump to the person you want to read about instead of reading it from front to back. Very disjointed, I'm personally not a fan. There's my opinion, for what it's worth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erik Ketzan on March 15, 2011
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I was pleasantly surprised by Everyone Loves You When You're Dead (ELYWYD?). I was expecting a collection of Strauss' interviews over the years, assembled, like every other such book, in some kind of mundane order-- the interview with Madonna, then Gaga, then Bowie, etc.-- I was expecting to read the interviews I was interested in and skip the ones I wasn't.

Thankfully, ELYWYD is so much more than that. The book splices dozens of Strauss' interviews into a narrative so that, unlike most books of interviews, you actually want to read this one cover to cover. The narrative sometimes follows a theme (contrasting different rock stars' views on faith, struggles with addictions, their childhoods, battles with record companies, etc.), and other times explores a particular story (for instance why some members of Pink Floyd don't speak to one another and why Pete Townshend resisted re-forming The Who).

Like most of Strauss' books, this one's a page-turner. I read over 300 pages in one day. The book goes down so easy that it's easy to take for granted how *big* it is, in every sense. It's the condensation of apparently a couple decades worth of rock journalism, and assembling such a crazily entertaining narrative from what must have been thousands of hours of interview tapes must have been no easy task. But as entertaining and fun as the book is, it's also a deep and surprisingly illuminating exploration of fame, art, and ego. It's a major and important book on music, stardom, and, well, the times we live in.

There's a lot more to say, and I'm sure many other reviewers will jump in and say it. Anyone with a serious interest in music or pop culture in general will probably devour Strauss' ELYWYD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on March 15, 2011
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Neil Strauss has a talent for honing in on the very essence of who a person is. It's an attribute that has served him well as an interviewer for publications such as The New York Times and Rolling Stone, as a writer penning biographical books with the likes of Mötley Crüe (The Dirt) and Jenna Jameson (How To Make Love Like A Porn Star), and in his other life, as Style, the seduction guru and author of the pick-up bible, The Game.

On the surface, his latest book, Everyone Loves You When You're Dead, is an anthology of interviews culled from Strauss' extensive back catalog, which includes conversations with everyone from Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears to Chuck Berry, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash. However, the acknowledgements section at the back of the book, which sums up all that's included, isn't just a laundry list of high profile names. Amongst the interviewees are some surprising and lesser known people (Kenny G, Patrick Miller, members of the Calabrian Mafia, et al.), and it's these inclusions that perhaps give an indication of the collection's greater purpose - that of a self-help book compiled from lessons learnt (or not, as the case may be) from those with problems on a grander scale than our own. Because of this underlying narrative, readers are advised to read the book from start to finish, cover to cover, rather that skipping about to find preferred interview subjects as one might initially be tempted to do.

The result of Strauss' labors is an anthology like no other. It's a hard to put down book that not only gives you an insight into the souls of those Strauss has interviewed, it also offers insights culled from the great and the late that can be universally applied.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zorro on March 15, 2011
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I've worked with major artists in both the music and film worlds for 20 years -- but this book at 507 pages will take you around the block in far less time. I'm giving it as gifts to all my co-workers and friends this year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Simons on May 14, 2012
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This is the first book that I've read by Neil Strauss but won't be my last. He's an amazing author and interviewer. Every interview in this book is entertaining. I've learned so much about the celebrities I've admired my whole life by just reading these in depth raw interviews. I really like how each interview is extremely different than the last. It will go from Snoop Dogg to Johnny Cash to Britney Spears to Led Zeppelin to Madonna and so on. All the words from each interview are coming strait from the mouths of each interviewee and not manipulated and twisted by journalists and thrown together for a magazine article. You'll really get to know each and every celebrity on a personal level. I would recommend this book to anyone. I've found a new respect for almost every person in this book based. It's all very entertaining!!!
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