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`Shut Up and Give Me the Mic' was actually written by Dee Snider. It's well-written, intelligent, and very detailed (but not overbearingly so). In it, Dee often comes across as arrogant and even narcissistic (as much as I love the man, this should come as no surprise to his fans). However, there are plenty of moments where he is gracious and humble. There are some jabs at his band-mates, but he also fully discusses his failures and bad decisions that lead to the demise of Twisted Sister.
The book is pretty long (over 400 pages), and gives a LOT of information about Dee's childhood, and how long and hard Twisted Sister worked to become the biggest band in the world, just to have it all fall apart almost immediately. I especially enjoyed the post-Twisted Sister segments, where Dee lost everything (besides his family, the one thing that seems to keep him together), and tried to resurrect his musical career with little success. I always wondered why the Desperado project (which included the amazing Clive Burr on drums) got shelved, and reading the details of that fiasco really illustrates how sick and twisted the record company industry is, and the political games these people play.
An excellent read; I actually had trouble putting the book down. I would recommend it for any hard-rock fan. Even if you don't care about Twisted Sister, you might after reading this book.
This book is way more than a history of Twisted Sister. This is about a man that is a devoted father and husband who has had overcome so much and has always kept true to himself and his family. I felt like I was there with him through these many experiences. I was saddened as I reached the end of the book when there was so much more I wanted to know. I guess I will have to wait till part 2.
I was eager to receive this book, and dig into it. I'm always fascinated by how bands evolve, and succeed.
While I appreciate Dee's honest reflections of how things happened in his views, I have never seen someone use so many 'I, Me, and My' when referring to everything about the band. It's easy to see why this band fell so hard so fast by how Dee is so possessive about the band, and unabashedly makes himself sound like he had everything to do with the invention of the 80's rock scene. I'm not saying Dee isn't a smart man, or didn't have a hand in the scene, but my gosh. You'd think he invented every good thing about the 80's hair metal, and glam rock scene. I can't believe that everyone else was always in the wrong, and screwed him over. To his credit, he does own some of the shortfalls of the band Twisted Sister, but mostly, he comes off as the victim.
It's hard to feel sympathy for someone that writes a book that makes it seem as if no one else in the band was worth anything, nor has a humble bone in his body. The guy is a true narcissist, as are most lead singers in bands, but Dee Snider is easily one of the worst. He may very well be a good guy, but this book came out of the wrong end.
All the SMF's are looking forward to a new Twisted Sister album and full tour. You guys should do it and go out with that bang you always wanted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good! Dee writes an honest portrayal of himself, and is not afraid to admit his short-comings both musically and personally. Read morePublished 15 days ago by E. Voit
Loved this honest, up front memoir. Really gives the behind the scenes look at Twisted Sister, and how their success might have been their downfall. Read morePublished 19 days ago by T. Turner
Dee is the man... funny, smart, and the voice of his generation. A lot of great insights about the early days and trials he faced in the band. Highly recommended!Published 5 months ago by Jason Goris
This is one of the more interesting Rock 'N' Roll biographies that I've read. Dee Snider has an interesting point of view that's different than many rockers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by W. Rabeneck
Good book. Held my attention. Nice to see a hard rocker that could stay sober too...Dee Snyder, best heavy metal voice in history, although he should have done more heavy songs in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kevin Corkery
Excellent read. Lots of excellent club days stories. Dee is an excellent story teller. I really enjoyed it!!Published 7 months ago by gmrviper
Being from the DC area i was not introduced to Twisted in the seventies but was introduced in the eighties when all the mega hits come out. I actually loved this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Buyer
Great read. 2 chapters in & i love it slready. Dee is funny, witty & intelligent.Published 8 months ago by Heavy Metalhead
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