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C'MON!: My Story of Rock, Ruin and Revelation by [Long, Christopher]
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  • 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
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A candid look into the life of author Christopher Long, "C'MON! - My Story of Rock, Ruin and Revelation," is a captivating read. It takes you on the journey through Chris's life, from his small-town upbringing to the big lights (and associated trappings) of a rock and roll lifestyle over the last three decades. Chris was in a position many might find enviable - lead singer in a band, beautiful rock-and-roll wife, and hob-knobbing in the inner circle of many legendary bands and musicians, including Poison. Something many dream of. But what Chris never showed during this time were the cracks in his armor...a depression that would take him to a very dark place in life. Through a divine intervention he is rescued from the fall, embracing a life of spirituality and `realness' through which he finds his authentic self. Excellent triumph, fantastic story, great read.
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Long's autobiographical book C'mon is a text that I would not normally pick up, and were it not for the complimentary copy that I picked up on my Kindle as well as a review I read about the text, I would not have given it a second chance. I have two conflicting thoughts on the piece.

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.
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I suppose I should have known... I expected this book to deal with the so-called "evils of rock music," what with the Bible verse printed on the palm of what I can only assume is the author's hand on the cover, but sheesh -- the church where I used to play guitar rocked far harder than this book.

I got the impression that the author was striving to raise eyebrows and shock those church people who read the book by implying that he had been immersed in a maelstrom of sin; lost and then found, as it were. But as I skimmed through this lightweight memoir, I realized that it is nothing more than another sensationalist piece by a wannabe rocker. I gave up on it at the point where the author smoked pot at his first KISS concert (at age 15) and subsequently hallucinated and passed out. Of course, I suppose it could have been laced with PCP, but...

Anyway, I'm glad I got this for free. I would have been sorely disappointed if I'd paid full price for it.
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I was a little disappointed in the book because it left me wanting more of his relationship with God and less of the rock n roll background. What initially lead him to God was fine, but it seem like the book glorified more of the rock n roll scene, than God.
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I do not usually read autobiographies; I certainly have never written a review for one. Chris' book C'mon ended up on my blog ([...] ) after I requested free titles on Twitter and enticed me to Amazon Kindle as a free download.
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.
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