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To Hell and Back: My Life in Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers, in the Words of the Last Man Standing Paperback – May 14, 2021

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Backbeat (May 14, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1493059882
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1493059881
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.11 x 0.65 x 9.03 inches
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The Heartbreakers were a tremendous rock and roll/punk band that ground their way into the hearts and minds of a generation. Should have inherited the Stones' crown after Exiles. Born to Lose (Loose), Little London Boys, Too Much Junkie Business, and their cover of Chinese Rocks are writ large across the true Bible of Rock and Roll. Walter's story is lucid, much more revealing of the creative process than Keefer's book, and tells the gossipy stuff of the sex and drugs without unwarranted guilt or titillation. It also fairly chronicles the Heartbreakers failure to crack into the big time, their hellish confusion of why the tape mix of LAMF would not transition to vinyl, and the endless waiting/waiting/waiting in the rock band life, especially one with junkies.

Walter was in a band called The Heroes for a short while. This book solidifies that designation of him.
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