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The section with Julian Casablancas is pretty funny but there's not much redeeming about this book
on August 27, 2014
I'm no Neil Strauss fanatic. The Game changed my life and Emergency was a very interesting read. I've never read his rock bios or even his interviews. So ELYWYD was a miss for me. It's become a bathroom book. I was hoping for more of a narrative but there really isn't one, it's just an anthology of mostly bland interviews.
Maybe i'm of a dissenting opinion but i don't find Lady Gaga all that interesting. I think it was a mistake to put her in the book, as nobody will care or even really remember her a decade from now. On top of that, it's just her backstage rambling about her family. Who cares?
The section on Brian Wilson should have been interesting but it's not. All we learn about him is that his wife answers for him a lot because he's done so many drugs that it's impossible for him to complete a thought.
For some reason, Strauss goes on for page after page about what happened to wax sculptures from a closed-down Nashville museum. Again, who cares? They ended up where you'd expect them to end up. Melting in a basement somewhere.
The Who? Who cares?
The guy from Soul Asylum? Who REALLY cares?
The section with Julian Casablancas is pretty funny but there's not much redeeming about this book. And it's long. Strauss phoned it in with this one.