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"The eye-catching layout and short tales make this an excellent coffee table book, bathroom reader or gift for a music fan." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"An outpouring of reminiscences -- some bitter, some humourous -- about shows that went south faster than snowbird tourists in January." - The Ottawa Citizen

"I loved the variety of musicians whose recollections are told here- anywhere from Wilco to John Mayer to Semisonic to the Sex Pistols...All in all, a quick read, a funny read. " - Generation G Books

"Tawdry tales of concert catastrophes!" - BuzzFeed

"Musicians' 'Worst Gig' makes for best read ever." - Salon

"'Worst Gig' is Music Appreciation 225, taught by that cool professor everyone wanted to have beers with after class. One fun nugget after another. It was harder to close than my Twitter app." - Matthew James, McSweeney's

"The best and funniest book I've ever read about the thing that ultimately unites us all: failure." - Wendy Molyneux, Bob's Burgers

"The book is like a documentary without the cameras as you can picture the situations in your mind as the musicians describe some of their outrageous stories to you." - JP's Music Blog

""The Worst Gig" is an easy and enjoyable read that you will fly through in just a few days. It is tough to put down, especially if you are a "starving artist" yourself who has your own horror stories of shows gone wrong. It is kind of inspiring to see some of the world's most famous and talented at their weakest because it adds the human element to their legacy. " - Broken Records Magazine

"In a clever new book called The Worst Gig (Sourcebooks) dozens of famous performers tell author Jon Niccum about the concerts they'd rather forget. Niccum manages to wrangle anecdotes from a bunch of folks I admire, including Alice Cooper, Gwar, Wilco, Rufus Wainwright, Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins and INXS." - USA Today Pop Candy

"Covering artists of all genres and statures, The Worst Gig is delicious fare for the music fan. The stories are short and sweet enough to be enjoyed on the fly in a busy world or devoured in a riveting afternoon. A must-read for concert addicts." - Open 'Til Midnight

In this book, rock & roll has never looked more soul-crushing... or more fun.

About the Author

Jon Niccum is an entertainment writer for the Kansas City Star and former music editor at the Pitch, Kansas City's leading alternative newspaper, as well as a contributor to Esquire.com and CMJ New Music Monthly. His entertainment writing has won several dozen national awards.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402284950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402284953
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Niccum is a writer and critic for the Kansas City Star. He is the former Entertainment Editor at the Lawrence Journal-World and the former Music/Film Editor at The Pitch. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hampton Stevens on November 8, 2013
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The life a of a professional musician looks glamorous from the outside. From the inside, though, it ain't all applause and backstage parties. Every musician, no matter how famous, has had a few disasters on the road. From Spinal Tap-ish sound disasters to near-riots,The Worst Gig has artists from Anthrax to John Mayer sharing tales of road woe. Some stories are worth a quick chuckle. Some are flat-out hilarious. All are entertaining for the music fan. This isn't heavy reading, nor is it meant to be. But anyone who loves music – and who wants to know what life on the road is really like – will have a blast reading 'Worst Gig.'
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By r kling on October 10, 2013
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Great stories from about 100 bands that prove that the disasters in our lives are often the funniest to talk about.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By baj on December 2, 2013
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Found this book to be very funny and interesting with all the different experiences the bands had and how it affected them. Kept my attention and was hard to put down as I wanted to read the next story. Well written and great organization. I've recommended it to many and find myself telling these stories at parties.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Colladay on October 28, 2013
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Not a big "reader" but this one was impossible to put down. Great stories with insight from band and artists I follow, and then some. As a low tier part-time touring musician myself it was fun to read that everybody has similar problems! Recommend for musicians and fans alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken Churilla on December 2, 2014
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If you like the behind-the-scenes stories, this book is one for the ages. The stories in this book is the very essence of "hey, rock * roll baby."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Bell on September 28, 2014
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Yep. We all have them. Reading these stories felt soothing, a little like commiseration among friends. Thanks, Jon, for a well written compilation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Ceule on December 12, 2013
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I thought this was a great read - it's quick and easy to digest. I think one of the reasons that I liked it so much is that it doesn't glamorize the situations. Sometimes a crappy sound guy or a busted string is enough to turn a gig sour. This books covers the full spectrum of those personal situations. And I love the fact that it's the artists telling the stories. If you've ever been in a band, you'll find yourself nodding in agreement with many of the stories contained in this little gem of a book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 2, 2013
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If you love music, you'll love this behind-the-scenes look at some of the world's most important recording artists. Jon's writing is quick and succinct, but paints an detailed image of each moment experienced by these musicians. I especially liked reading, in their own words, some of the craziest experiences they've had. It brings you to the gig, to the concert, to the insanity and the fun. I couldn't put this down! This book rocks!
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