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I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Except When I Hate It): Extremely Important Stuff About the Songs and Bands You Love, Hate, Love to Hate, and Hate to Love Paperback – August 2, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399536795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399536793
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brian Boone wrote the music trivia (with jokes) book I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Except When I Hate It). He is a regular contributor to Funny or Die, Popdose, Splitsider, The Retroist, and his work has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Adult Swim, The Bygone Bureau, The Impersonals, and The Huffington Post.

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This is a funny well laid out book.
BrainMindMedia-Tisa
Awesome book with the kind of information true music lovers like to read about!!!
Bullett333
It's a fast read simply because I didn't want to put down the book.
Douglas Hill

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zoe on August 6, 2011
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I write this seconds after finishing the book on the third night in a row I sat up way too late laughing myself silly at the author's wonderful wit and delightful style. The book is full of interesting nuggets of rock lore, most of which I had not come across before. It was an enlightening experience, to say the least.

Early on, Boone invites us in, describing the nearly equal pleasure a music enthusiast like himself takes from just reading and learning about music, as he does from actually listening to the music. As someone who spends a lot of time combing through allmusic, absorbing every little bit of trivia I can whenever I discover a band for myself, I felt like he was coming from the same place.

The book is very conversational. It reads fast and is a great time, not to mention that it is also very well written. In short, I had a hell of a lot of fun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bullett333 on September 4, 2011
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Awesome book with the kind of information true music lovers like to read about!!!
The only problem with this book is that it is not long enough, i hope Mr. Noone will write a string of sequels!!!!!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read the little stories behind the bands and the music................
A BIG FIVE STARS*****
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy M. Barker on December 6, 2011
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I usually don't like reading pop culture books, because let's face it, the Internet killed pop culture. Why read lists and factoids when you can look anything up on Wikipedia? But Boone is sort of like a meta-filter of information, drawing the strangest and most unpredictable links between music, pop culture, and the culture at large. From something as random to all the bad things that happened to all the athletes who appeared in the "2 Legit 2 Quit" video afterwards, to the Pixies-based genealogy of alternative rock. And he also seems genuinely interested in the material, rather than just rehashing factoids accepted as fact. The longer passages in the book explore things like where the metal devil horns come from (hard to definitively say) or how the entire, "Play 'Freebird'!" thing started. Boone thinks about music and writes about it like music geeks do, and has a surprisingly funny voice that's witty without resorting to snark. I read it almost cover to cover on a trans-continental flight this summer and it's great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vonrad on December 6, 2011
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If you like minutiae, are a music nerd, like smart writing, or are a hardcore fan, this is the book for you! Witty and often hilarious, it includes new information for music snobs who think they know everything there is to know about rock trivia. Even Nerdist endorsed it, so you KNOW it's gotta be good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Hill on December 6, 2011
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As a huge fan of Brian Boone's blog, lovehatesociety.com, and a follower of his twitter feeds (@lovehatesociety), I was a bit concerned that his book was going to just be re-prints of the articles found there. I was pleasantly surprised with all the fresh material presented. There's just the right about of snark to make the facts not boring. The stories are interesting and the sarcasm is hilarious. It's a fast read simply because I didn't want to put down the book.

The book primarily focuses on rock music but the stories cross different eras so this book appeals to not only the classic rock lover but to alternative rock fans as well. From the origin of "Free Bird!" to a flow chart of the degrees of seperation from the Pixies, this book is sure to appeal to all music fans.

I bought a few copies for last minute Xmas gifts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BrainMindMedia-Tisa on December 6, 2011
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This is a funny well laid out book. Brian Boone's humor is refreshing, insightful and unexpected! I felt like I was talking with a really smart friend, who happens to be wickedly funny too. This is a book I will re-read when I need a little piece of sunshine; or to laugh at the hardcore music business!

This is a great gift for anyone that watches TV, listens to the radio, mp3, iPod, CD, record player, Victrola...! Loved it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2011
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I don't sing, dance or play an instrument but I just learned how to be a Rockstar from this book! Anyone interested in the music world will be entertained and gifted with new insight after reading Brian Boone's words.
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