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Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible + Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock Paperback – October 1, 2007
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What's particualrly refreshing is his candor about his own problems and career trajectory. It could've easily slumped into a sex/drugs/rocknroll hardcore aggrandizement, or a paen to now-clean living, but it manages to avoid either boasting or becoming maudlin, no easy feat. Connelly tells it like it was - chasing the highs, chasing the booze, chasing the girls while fully realizing the ridiculousness of the situations, and he doesn't preach about how he's cleaned up his life.
His writing style, though could've used an editor. It reads more like a blog, complete with bursts of all-caps, the occasional dangling sentence fragment, and the sort of onomotopoeia one doesn't usually find in a memoir. Not that this is bad, mind you, but it can be a little distracting to be reading a detailed narrative of a Pigface show and have to stop and go back to parse out a sentence that didn't seem to make sense.
All told, though, it's a fun, quick read.Read more ›
The book details rampant drug/alcohol abuse on tours and in the studio, wild post-concert parties, damaged relationships, personal tragedies, musical highlights and lowlights, written to make the reader feel like he/she was re-living the whole experience with him. Chris paints a very fair, but disturbing picture of a drug-addicted, out-of-control tyrant in Al Jourgensen, whose unpredictable personality makes for unlimited tension many times throughout the book. The book is not all 'doom and gloom', however, and boasts several funny stories that at times will have you laughing. Chris gives detailed tour journals for Ministry's Mind tour in 89-90 and Psalm 69 tour in '92, the Pigface tours for Gub and Fook in '91/'92, and RevCo's Beers Steers & Queers Tour in 90-91. There are also details from band rehearsals and 'one-off' shows that were performed. Popular Chicago clubs Medusa, Exit, and The Metro/Smart Bar (among others) get plenty of mention.
At 223 pages, it's a fairly quick read.Read more ›
I have a very tangential but still kind of intimate connection to this scene, so the nostalgic effect I get from reading a litany of hallowed Chicago nightlife institutions like Smart Bar, ChicagoTrax, Cabaret Metro etc. will not be replicated in every reader. Closeness to this culture has increased the "page-turner" quality of this book for me, but only by a little- it's still an eminently great read in a literary world swamped with boring paint-by-numbers rock confessionals written by, say, someone who was Bowie's keyboard tech for 3 shows in 1981. There's often nothing more tedious than listening to someone else's 'drug' stories, or even someone else's detailed descriptions of their soundchecks and daily road routines, but Connelly re-animates this age-old format with wit, conviction, and even healthy doses of humility. Some of the pharmaceutical hijinks are actually laugh-out-loud funny, and there's an exhausting scorecard of such described: even one experience outlined in this book would be a life-defining event that you warn your grandchildren about, for the Revolting Cocks it's just what happened to them on that particular, er, Wednesday evening.Read more ›
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Excellent book for anyone who's interested in the history of the Ministry/RevCo and other projects flourishing at Wax Trax! in the end of 80's. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ilia Davidovich
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book. Some good Chicago alternative music history, I suppose, but certainly not any level of literary quality. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John H. Matthews
Well written and much less ego-driven than Jourgenson's book. Very fun. Sadly...too quick.Published 11 months ago by Alexarc
I tried to buy the book but somehow ended up buying the audible. I was mad at first but quickly got over it. Was freaking hilarious. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bat
I didn't finish it. I felt like most of it was just Chris talking about Al being drunk. I might check out Al's book but, I have yet to read a book my a rock star or the like and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael N
First off I am devoted fan of Chris Connelly's work. As others have said it is a fast and entertaining read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by TeaRose
Everything here seems like he feels sorry for himself and blames anyone. He never takes responsibilityPublished 19 months ago by Gb