- 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: #1,331,199 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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
C'MON! is right! I loved this book for many reasons but the biggest reason, it's a story of revelation and triumph. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kelly Hicks
The author writes as if you were just hanging out with him. I love that he is transparent. What you see is what you get. Very enjoyable read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dawn Sober
A surprisingly engaging fast read. Interesting and honest memoir. I really enjoyed his funky voice. While, you can tell the Chris is not a great author, he has a fresh and simple... Read morePublished 20 months ago by booklover828
Found myself getting bored with this book could be just how my life is at the moment very crazy right nowPublished on June 11, 2014 by Mary A. Bohl
Most people would be scared to write a book that is this honest, I think Mr. Long wrote a very serios tell all book this time.Published on May 29, 2014 by Mark
I want to like this book. It seems to be more about his brush with greatness than his life with God. I've never understood the need for tell all books like his Poison book. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by Mia
C'MON! - My Story of Rock, Ruin and Revelation, is the second book, yet the first Christian attempt, by former rocking partier Christopher Long. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Joyful 1
A very thought provoking book. I read it in one night. I think that anyone who is sitting on the fence regarding religion and Christianity, will enjoy Christopher's point of view. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by SNestleroad
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