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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806525908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806525907
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Tome Raider VINE VOICE on February 5, 2005
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This book may not be of much interest to you unless you're into the metal or hard rock scene, or have been in the past. But that is not a foregone conclusion, you may end up liking it whatever your musical orientation. I enjoyed it for reasons I didn't originally expect. I am indeed a big Motorhead fan and have seen them in their various configurations over the years at assorted venues. I never fail to be amazed at the larger-than-life visage which Lemmy presents. He is kind of a thinking man's pirate, a decent and likable degenerate, a man's man, a rock star's rock star...he presents all kinds of sinister appeal and playful intrigue. You definitely get the sense they don't make people like this anymore. Simply stated: he is one cool bad-ass. Reading this book is like sitting down over beers and whisky with Lem as he tells you the story of his life. It has a comfortable, informal style which will keep you fully engaged.

But he also has interesting insight into the entire origin of the early sixties music scene in England and subsequent British Invasion. This is truly valuable stuff if you have the slightest interest in any type of rock music. Lemmy was there as they all emerged: the Beatles, the Stones, Clapton, Beck, Deep Purple, Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Led Zep, and a variety of somewhat obscure psychedelic bands, on and on it goes. Lem gives very amusing anecdotes about these folks and one gets the sense he is very fair in his judgments, and his views often provide somewhat unexpected insights (example: the Beatles were actually street-savvy tough guys from Liverpool; the Stones were in fact the more gentrified momma's boys from the 'burbs of London).
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. McClellan on June 1, 2004
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Lemmy Kilmister, lead singer of Motorhead, tells his story as if you were sitting right there next to him enjoying a cold one together. He's comes off as witty, natural and loose in describing his troubles with record labels, his women, and the journeys all over the world his band has taken him. One complaint; other than Megadeth & Slayer, Lemmy never really goes in depth on his relationships or feuds with other rock stars. I wanted to hear more about his friendship with Doro Pesch (from Warlock), his feud with Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P., and others. You'd think that after influencing countless bands like Metallica that there would be more backstage stories. But he mainly sticks with the craziness within his own group. Very readable and funny.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mons on January 18, 2005
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Transatlantic flight looming on the horizon? Here's your play. Before getting to your departure lounge, stop by a store and purloin yourself a copy of White Line Fever, then having boarded, strap yourself in, order as many as drinks as human consumption will allow before going into coma, read this. I guarantee that anyone who's ever had anything to do with rock, either as a listener, or critic, or whatever, will find this a hugely entertaining read. As the fourth round of drinks begin to kick in, you'll be positively reveling in Lemmy's no-nonsense prose and furious pace. Fans of Proust, for instance, may be disappointed, but then again this is no monumental trawl through the quagmire of childhood, this is Lemmy's life and career congested in one neat little package (about 5 hours worth of quality reading here, speed-readers might want to buy 2 copies). If, by some cruel twist, Lemmy's main choice of stimulant been alcohol rather than speed, this might have been a fatter volume with more insight. At times the surface of events are skipped perhaps a little thinly, some are brushed aside in one sentence. That's about my only reservation.
As you might expect, band members, managers and rock stars are the key players here (parents in the bit at the beginning and groupies in the bit at the end), and amusing anecdotes abound. Understandably, the meat of the book is mostly taken up with the Motörhead years and the reader is bounced crisply through the succession of albums from the debut Motörhead in 1978 when Lemmy's career verticalled, through Ace of Spades, Bomber, No Sleep, and on through the Wurzel, Phil Campbell and Brian Robertson years, complete with stories about the Letterman, Jay Leno appearances and ending up in the not-too-distant past, Lemmy still going strong).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neil Fenton on May 15, 2004
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Even if your're not a Motorhead fan you are sure to enjoy this. This book is as uncomprimising as his music. It is brutally honest, as wacky as a Mel Brooks film and as revealing on Rock Music as the watergate scandal was on Mr Nixon. Lemmy is a guy whose been through it all right from the mid sixties to the present day and still going strong and knows the ins and outs of the buisness. You just feel that he has so much to tell he could probably fill ten books of legendary stories about himself, other bands' antics and good and bad guys in music.
The wit and good taste the book is told with is legendary. A story he tells about guitarist Wurzel snorting cocaine off Leslie West's boot in a toilet had me smiling for days. There are brilliant one liners throughout whether it's wit or advice.
you could go through this book in almost one sitting because of its overly shortness, readability and because its hard to put down- lemmy just begins a story, says he'll come back to it later, and then its the end of the book! I think volume 2 is in order! Buy this book you wont regret it!
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