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Product Details

  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550226193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550226195
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John D. Luerssen is a regular contributor to Billboard and Rolling Stone and the author of Mouthing Off. He appears on major alternative radio stations as an expert on alternative music. He lives in Westfield, New Jersey.

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A great book for true Weezer fans.
Shana
I suggest just browsing around their official website, because it's obvious that's where the author got quite a bit of his information.
John R. Haupenthal IV
When you meet him, talk to him, or you read his personal writing, it's just mind-blowing what the guy can do with the written word.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Hassett on December 29, 2004
I'm a quintessential fan of the weez, and I am enjoying this book, but I don't think this is well-written rock writing. Luerssen is pedantic and amateurish. He researches reviews well, but misses a lot of the big stories and cops out of the big questions. This is far from the definitive book on this great band, but it'll do for now.

He nails some of the story about Rivers time(s) at Harvard, but sputters out when it comes to Cropper's and Welsh's exits. Most of the time he is casually and ineffectually dropping song titles. He suffers from moiety of sources. Karl, the weez's best documentarian, is only present in fleeting moments.

We'll have to wait for a better book to learn the unadulterated truth about the band. Still, this is a good whetter of my appetite
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Wasp on November 14, 2005
Whether it be his fetish for half-Japanese girls, his monkish vows of silence, abstinence and segregration or his self-described "socially retarded" ways, there's no doubting Weezer mainman Rivers Cuomo is a strange character. Born to a soccer-mad father and Buddhist mother who almost named him Apple, perhaps it was his rearing in a hippy commune where music and childhood games were contraband that ensured Rivers grew to be so odd. What this book ensures is that his musical legacy (incredibly prolific despite only five official studio albums in over a decade), devout fanbase and impact on American rock isn't overshadowed by his megalomania and mystery. Strong on details of Weezer's unreleased mountain of songs and unusual scraps such as Rivers' befriending Will Ferrell, writing songs for Enrique Iglesias and loving nu-metal cocks such as Limp Bizkit and Crazy Town, Rivers' Edge is a strong Weezer biography only let down by a dribbling finale that closes before the release of 2005's Make Believe.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John R. Haupenthal IV on April 1, 2005
This entire book reads like an 8th-Grade Research paper. From an uncountable amount of grammatical and spelling errors to numerous repeated sentences (literally quotes retyped word for word, pages apart), it's difficult not to get irritated while reading this. The information on Weezer is great, but often times the author veers away from focusing on the band and gives too much information on things that even the most obsessed fan won't care about. Unfortunately, this appears to be the only book on Weezer out right now, so if you want to learn more about the band in book form this is all you've got. I suggest just browsing around their official website, because it's obvious that's where the author got quite a bit of his information. Don't waste your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raskolnikov on May 11, 2005
When I first heard of a Weezer biography, I was really stoked, 'cause clearly there is a lot of interesting stuff to be told about that band. But I was a bit deceived by that biography. It's kind of poorly written, with grammar mistakes and word repetitions at a couple of places. The information contained in the book is accurate and complete, but the author's way of writing is not fluent at all, which makes the reading a little less enjoyable. Hardcore Weezer fans should read it though, because there is a lot of information in there, but it's mostly about Rivers Cuomo's behaviour with the others. The book could have been called "Rivers'trial". It's more a patchwork of quotes than a real biography, in the end, but there is some very funny and interesting parts. Only for diehard fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shana on April 1, 2005
I had done many research projects on Rivers Cuomo, Matt Sharp, and Weezer. This book had many answers to questions I had been trying to answer. What happened to Mikey? Are Matt Sharp and Rivers on good or bad terms now? Was Jason Cropper the original guitarist of Weezer? Was Maya Rudolph really in The Rentals? Etc, etc. I give it five stars just for that.

I was very amazed with how many legitimate sources Luerssen was able to aquire. A great book for true Weezer fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Davis on December 7, 2009
Easiest way to describe this book is by stating that it has good info, but is poorly written by a bad author. There are a few factual errors, such as the comment that Rivers had asthma as a kid so they called him Weezer (Rivers did not have asthma, though that was a nickname). On the whole though, most of the information seems to be true. A Weezer fan will enjoy this book.
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