- File Size: 9962 KB
- Print Length: 185 pages
- Publisher: Digital Books International (January 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006V7NT04
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
C’MON!: My Story of Rock, Ruin and Revelation Kindle Edition
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The thing that I enjoyed the most about the book was its frank and intimate exploration of the inner workings of the music industry from someone who is just on the outskirts nudging his way in. Long presents himself as an insider, but in many ways is an outsider who tiptoes around some incredibly famous and notable icons in the rock world. Those he has the opportunity to get close to end up burning him in the end, and it is easy to see how his status as a hard-rocking, hard-partying, but vocal Christian could keep him at arms length in many of his circumstances. This makes his experiences unparalleled, however, and his desire to succeed and play with the icons is insatiable. To see many of the bands he mentions in this light and from this angle, highly personal and wholly honest, almost made me see Long as a tragic figure throughout the book even though his tone didn't explicitly communicate that - in short, he has ended up where he least expected as he writes this book. He has found a group that has given him the fellowship and the camaraderie that he has thirsted for in the least likely place at this point in his life, however.
That brings me to the second part of my review, and that is the presentation of the work. Here is where I did not really enjoy the book. Many reviews that I read after finishing it mentioned that he was heavy handed with the Christian portion, but I argue that it is a main point going into the book. What I think is perhaps a problem with it, and much of the book, is the diction, tone, grammar, and organization of his writing. Essentially, this book was written by someone that is enthusiastic about his topic, but lacks the skills to effectively execute the work. This is not entirely a problem for many writers when they have a good editor, but it appears that this book lacks the oversight necessary for it to be a good book. The book could be improved in many ways - the organization paragraph to paragraph, not so much how much Christianity but where it appears, the use of exclamatory statements (at several points there are "YIKES!!!" thrown in), and the illustrations that I felt have no place in the book all contribute to a really sloppy style that discredits the great work that Long has put into the book.
In short, the nonfiction elements of the text and of Long's life are excellent, but they are undermined by some major editorial issues with the book as a whole. Is is a fun read in content and practice. Long has a great book on his hands, but in my opinion it is not destined for greatness until some major revisions are handled by a good editor.
I found when thinking about what I thought that I had a difficult time separating what Chris wrote and how he wrote. I had to keep in mind that all these icons that he interacted with, much like Forrest Gump's fictional journey, were very real people--so do I believe him or not? Of course, he had me running for Google... I have no choice but to believe that what he wrote was true (this is my problem, being literal; had this been fiction, there would be no conflict).
Next problem (for me): the title "C'mon" combined with rock and roll, conjured for me the images of the Partridge Family ("C'mon, Get Happy") and Chris did not disappoint me, actually. He and I are close in age and what I enjoyed so much about his journey (because ultimately, this was a journey) was that it was portrayed through his rock and roll eyes. I think that everyone that is approaching or has recently met fifty in age has had a deep connection with their love or hate (remember "Disco Sucks"? I was a Beatles, Stones, and Who fan in the `70's during the disco era) of music, more than the current generation because it was so hard won back then(I remember "record stores"--I had to save allowance and baby-sitting money and then get a ride to the store to be able to buy music). Chris' love of music and his determination to have a career in it were very compelling themes in his book and were the parts that I found most interesting, although I think his intention was to highlight how he later embraced God.
I feel that C'mon sends a cautionary message that goes beyond the author's intent: in pursuing ambition we need to be careful not to overstep and to avoid negative influences. Sometimes we might perceive ourselves as successful, only to find out that what is really important has been pushed aside while we are chasing dreams.
C'mon is well-written with a dose of self-deprecating humor; Chris is a likeable protagonist in his own story. He pulls no punches nor does he present himself in a false light (I found myself getting angry at him when he detailed how he caved when A Shot of Poison was written--I wished he had told them to stuff their threats!--read the book to see what I mean!). I enjoyed the pictures that accompanied the text and the clever way he incorporated many of the biblical quotes that must provide a framework for his life now.
I worked with his sister and she became my best friend and now we are family. I thank God for answered prayers! 🌙😘
As a result, though the "message" was not something I could work with - ignoring the religion portions made it a great read - and i have passed the link on to people I know who have gone through the music-almost-stardom and are now using their religion to help themselves and others.
Anyone who can overcome addictions, no matter what means they used, has my admiration - I've known too many who have not made it.