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Let's Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers Paperback – August 21, 2015
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It's not a total dud, though. Fans of the Butties will find much to enjoy here, because it goes without saying that the band's history has a s***-ton of built-in entertainment value. Also, the included discography is exhaustive and totally essential. It's unfortunate, then, that "Let's Go To Hell" often tends to feel half-baked (or at least like a work in progress), because it's obvious that a LOT of love and effort went into putting it all together.
Unfortunately, the writing isn't great. There are typos and grammatical mistakes on nearly every page. The sheer number of typos makes them rather distracting. Furthermore, some simple edits to improve the cohesiveness of the writing would have made a big difference. Clearly the author spent a great deal of time researching the book; it's really a shame that a little more time wasn't spent on editing. One more pass at proofreading and editing to remove all the typos and improve the punctuation - this alone would have taken this from a good book to a great book.
Having said that, this book is still a real treat for all the fans out there who've been itching to know more about the band and their adventures on and off the stage.
The quotes and anecdotes from outsiders added quite a bit to me and really crossed the T on several stories. There's also a few appendixes of all their recordings, live dates, songs covered and other miscellany that some may enjoy.
The only two negatives would be that Gibby had no involvement or input with the book. Paul, King, Teresa, Jeff and even people who were only in the band for weeks or months had their say, but there is nothing from Gibby. I understand the reasons why, but it would have greatly enriched the book if Gibby would've participated. The other oddity is the frequent projection of political opinions (author's own?) and opinions about punk rock onto the band. Many times, the book tells us that the B-tthole Surfers were not political, but then will immediately go on to discuss Reagan, the War on Drugs, CIA in Central America, etc. It didn't fit with the book or the band.