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Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness Paperback – March 15, 2011
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“If you were a girl, I’d f*ck you.” (Bo Diddley)
“We could do fifteen minutes in Vegas.” (Chuck Berry)
“One of the longest and greatest interviews I’ve ever had.” (Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys)
“The best interview of my life.” (Britney Spears)
“Well Neil, f*ck you.” (Phil Collins, Angry Letter to Neil Strauss)
“The best and most honest daily newspaper reporter rock has ever seen.” (Dave Marsh, Author)
“This excellent bathroom read is boiled down like little rocks of crack.” (Library Journal)
“Gonzo interviewing at its best.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“A terrific look at the dysfunctional livelihoods of stardom.” (Publishers Weekly)
“God bless the demons—and Neil Strauss too.” (Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe)
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Thankfully, ELYWYD is so much more than that. The book splices dozens of Strauss' interviews into a narrative so that, unlike most books of interviews, you actually want to read this one cover to cover. The narrative sometimes follows a theme (contrasting different rock stars' views on faith, struggles with addictions, their childhoods, battles with record companies, etc.), and other times explores a particular story (for instance why some members of Pink Floyd don't speak to one another and why Pete Townshend resisted re-forming The Who).
Like most of Strauss' books, this one's a page-turner. I read over 300 pages in one day. The book goes down so easy that it's easy to take for granted how *big* it is, in every sense. It's the condensation of apparently a couple decades worth of rock journalism, and assembling such a crazily entertaining narrative from what must have been thousands of hours of interview tapes must have been no easy task. But as entertaining and fun as the book is, it's also a deep and surprisingly illuminating exploration of fame, art, and ego. It's a major and important book on music, stardom, and, well, the times we live in.
There's a lot more to say, and I'm sure many other reviewers will jump in and say it. Anyone with a serious interest in music or pop culture in general will probably devour Strauss' ELYWYD.
On the surface, his latest book, Everyone Loves You When You're Dead, is an anthology of interviews culled from Strauss' extensive back catalog, which includes conversations with everyone from Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears to Chuck Berry, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash. However, the acknowledgements section at the back of the book, which sums up all that's included, isn't just a laundry list of high profile names. Amongst the interviewees are some surprising and lesser known people (Kenny G, Patrick Miller, members of the Calabrian Mafia, et al.), and it's these inclusions that perhaps give an indication of the collection's greater purpose - that of a self-help book compiled from lessons learnt (or not, as the case may be) from those with problems on a grander scale than our own. Because of this underlying narrative, readers are advised to read the book from start to finish, cover to cover, rather that skipping about to find preferred interview subjects as one might initially be tempted to do.
The result of Strauss' labors is an anthology like no other. It's a hard to put down book that not only gives you an insight into the souls of those Strauss has interviewed, it also offers insights culled from the great and the late that can be universally applied.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is definitely one of my favorite books. The way its put together helps the story; To some it may seem choppy but the order is there for a reason. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ThisFamsCrazy
Neil Strauss is my favorite living author and he does it again. This is NOT really a book, its a collection of interviews he has done, over the course of years, with many... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bill Mann
Great book, lots of dirt and inside on some of the worlds most famous musicians and celebs. Fun read and cool illustrations.Published 22 months ago by Chris
I don't recall reading this or even purchasing it. I will have to look through my library for it, and if I don't have it, order it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by B. Arthur