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I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Except When I Hate It): Extremely Important Stuff About the Songs and Bands You Love, Hate, Love to Hate , and Hate to Love Paperback – August 2, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399536795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399536793
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write this seconds after finishing the book on the third night in a row I sat up way too late laughing myself silly at the author's wonderful wit and delightful style. The book is full of interesting nuggets of rock lore, most of which I had not come across before. It was an enlightening experience, to say the least.

Early on, Boone invites us in, describing the nearly equal pleasure a music enthusiast like himself takes from just reading and learning about music, as he does from actually listening to the music. As someone who spends a lot of time combing through allmusic, absorbing every little bit of trivia I can whenever I discover a band for myself, I felt like he was coming from the same place.

The book is very conversational. It reads fast and is a great time, not to mention that it is also very well written. In short, I had a hell of a lot of fun.
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Awesome book with the kind of information true music lovers like to read about!!!
The only problem with this book is that it is not long enough, i hope Mr. Noone will write a string of sequels!!!!!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read the little stories behind the bands and the music................
A BIG FIVE STARS*****
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I usually don't like reading pop culture books, because let's face it, the Internet killed pop culture. Why read lists and factoids when you can look anything up on Wikipedia? But Boone is sort of like a meta-filter of information, drawing the strangest and most unpredictable links between music, pop culture, and the culture at large. From something as random to all the bad things that happened to all the athletes who appeared in the "2 Legit 2 Quit" video afterwards, to the Pixies-based genealogy of alternative rock. And he also seems genuinely interested in the material, rather than just rehashing factoids accepted as fact. The longer passages in the book explore things like where the metal devil horns come from (hard to definitively say) or how the entire, "Play 'Freebird'!" thing started. Boone thinks about music and writes about it like music geeks do, and has a surprisingly funny voice that's witty without resorting to snark. I read it almost cover to cover on a trans-continental flight this summer and it's great.
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As a huge fan of Brian Boone's blog, lovehatesociety.com, and a follower of his twitter feeds (@lovehatesociety), I was a bit concerned that his book was going to just be re-prints of the articles found there. I was pleasantly surprised with all the fresh material presented. There's just the right about of snark to make the facts not boring. The stories are interesting and the sarcasm is hilarious. It's a fast read simply because I didn't want to put down the book.

The book primarily focuses on rock music but the stories cross different eras so this book appeals to not only the classic rock lover but to alternative rock fans as well. From the origin of "Free Bird!" to a flow chart of the degrees of seperation from the Pixies, this book is sure to appeal to all music fans.

I bought a few copies for last minute Xmas gifts.
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I wasn't surprised to learn that the author of this book was also the author of the Uncle John's bathroom reader about music. This book is pretty much a bathroom reader type book about rock music. I did enjoy parts of it a lot. However, the thing that made me knock the review down to three stars was the authros attitude. He's one of those guys who thinks his taste in music is right, and yours is wrong if it doesn't match his. He likes metal and harder edged rock, which is fine, except that he zoned in on those types of groups and didn't have much to say about other forms of rock, such as R&B. I really thought there was too much about KISS, for instance. Not only was there too much emphasis on the author's favorite groups, but he actually took some pot shots at other artists whose music wasn't to his taste. For instance, he informs us that all the Eagles albums and all the solo projects by any of the Eagles are horrible. Those kinds of snarky shots didn't win me over.
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If you like minutiae, are a music nerd, like smart writing, or are a hardcore fan, this is the book for you! Witty and often hilarious, it includes new information for music snobs who think they know everything there is to know about rock trivia. Even Nerdist endorsed it, so you KNOW it's gotta be good!
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This is a funny well laid out book. Brian Boone's humor is refreshing, insightful and unexpected! I felt like I was talking with a really smart friend, who happens to be wickedly funny too. This is a book I will re-read when I need a little piece of sunshine; or to laugh at the hardcore music business!

This is a great gift for anyone that watches TV, listens to the radio, mp3, iPod, CD, record player, Victrola...! Loved it!!!
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I LLOLed—that's literally laughed out loud—on every page. And I don't mean literally as in "figuratively." I mean "literally" literally. I honest-to-goodnessly laughed, chuckled, or even guffawed at least once on every page. And there are, like... a bunch of pages in this book! SO that's a lot of laughing, if you do the math, or simply count the laughs one at a time.

Remember when you were in college and at the end of each semester you had to write a review of each professor, and the best thing you could say about one is that he or she "knows the material"? That Boone knows this material is just the beginning. He knows both rock and roll both inside and out, both backward and forward. He also knows comedy. Boone makes music hilarious. And he's not kidding when he addresses in the preface the truth that no two people have the same taste in music. I suspect that he and I would not agree on where to tune the radio if we were to take a road trip, for instance. But I would still love to take a road trip with him, because I would laugh at least once a mile. We would get many laughs to the gallon, both highway and city.
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