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  • Paperback: 478 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456748416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456748418
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,276,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buy and read this book --only good will come from it.
bob pfeifer
Leading us through his journey of spiritual awakening, dream-state enlightenment, career reinvention, and lessons in love.
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Either way you can guarantee that it's going to be full of an honest recollection of life as Lonn knows it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Arroz on July 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you love music, read things into lyrics, use your iPod as your personal soundtrack, BUY Sweet Demotion NOW. A page turner, Sweet Demotion is a mind blowing odyssey to higher consciousness that reads like a who's who of iTunes. From the paragons of prog to the monarchs of metal, Lonn knows 'em all, saw many of them fall and then he hit a wall. But this Phoenix of Phonics doesn't stay down. This is a testament to his wit, will and wonderment of life.
Lonn's not afraid to share his past, and it's vast. His brave prose about his woes is self effacing. Friend, and I divulge he is my friend, we're alums of a small but exclusive club whose members wrote and helmed magazines in the extinct consumer division of Larry Flynt's publishing company; is a great storyteller, his words so vivid, you forget you're reading and instead feel like you're riding shotgun on his spiritual, magical, musical adventure. Chris O'Dell, author of Miss O'Dell, her biography full of anecdotes about her time working at Apple and her friendships with the Beatles, including the story behind the song George Harrison wrote for her, starts her book out with this sentence, "I wasn't famous, I wasn't even almost famous, but I was there." Lonn Friend was there, now he's more aware and is willing to share it all with us in Sweet Demotion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Martinez on August 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Bitch slapped by the Universe, what a profound opening when you stop to think about it. Honestly, which one of us over the age of conscious thought hasn't been at least once? You've lost something you held dear, and re-evaluated your life, and the meaning behind it. Lonn Friend's tenure in the hallowed halls of all things rock has undoubtedly made the realization harder than it is for most of us, but it's also given him the platform to let us know that when that bitch slap from the heavens comes we aren't alone.

For those of you that aren't familiar with Lonn and his storied journey allow me a few moments to bring you up to speed. Beginning in 1982, Lonn started with Larry Flynt as an Associate, and then Senior Editor, of Hustler, and was also the Senior Editor of Chic. In 1987, Lonn took the helm of RIP Magazine. Making RIP "THE" magazine for head-bangers everywhere and doing stints on MTV (when there was still music) and writing prolifically wasn't the height. He was hired as the vice president of A&R, West Coast, at Arista Records. Just when he was at the top, the bitch slap came, and Lonn started to realize that all wasn't what it seemed.

Anyone that has dealt with a man in the middle of his life will be able to relate to this book. Anyone that has had an awakening of any sort will as well. Hidden among anecdotes of rock legends is one theme: that being true to yourself is ultimately the real meaning of our time on this rock hurling through space. It isn't how many parties you've been to, how many rockers you've done shots with, or the relationships that have failed for one reason or another, it's the ability and the struggle to live in the moment and just be.

Don't get the idea that this is full of mysticism and crystals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Fishman on August 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I can't begin to truly express how much I enjoyed "Sweet Demotion." As a former music industry person, I know Lonn from many years back, and have always been a fan of his writing. I could relate to so many of the "road" stories Lonn shares in this book, and it was great fun to remember similar experiences that I had during my tenure... but my connection with "Sweet Demotion" went so much deeper then that. It felt at times as if Lonn wrote the book especially for me! A book doesn't get much better then that! When you get goosebumps reading it, because it's as if the author is somehow inside your head and knows exactly where you've been, and possibly even where you are headed.

If you are an industry person (past or present), a die-hard music fan, a soul on your own spiritual journey, and/or believe that there are no coincidences and that everything happens in life for a reason, then you must read this book!
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Lonn the rock and roll guru takes you on a journey through his life, his awakenings and sprinkled with the amazing stories of rock and roll!! Can't wait for his next book!!
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By Skeem93 on October 30, 2012
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I am a HUGE Lonn Friend fan! I love his first book, Life on Planet Rock. It's great!!! I love this book even more. I finally just finished it, and it is a great read. I highly recommended it!!
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