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Rock Stars Paperback – November 14, 2009
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I was wrong.
It is poorly edited , with hundreds of grammatical and factual errors.
There's nothing of value being added to what is already known about these artists.
I can't believe i wasted money to get this new on amazon.
Now I will be lucky to sell it for one penny on ebay.
So, what the heck does this have to do with a book review? Absolutely nothing. It does, however, set the stage for my excitement at the opportunity to check out Rock Stars by David S. Grant!!! An entire 204 page book dedicated to the frontmen of the hairbands of the 80's?!?!? (I, personally considered them Hard Rock/Heavy Metal at the time - Headbanger's Ball, anyone!?) The desire to get my hands on this book was a very deep one. I can say, after racing through it, in a very short time, that it is a must have for any fan of this particular genre of music!
Exactly what is covered in Rock Stars? Just what the sub-title suggests - the rise and fall and rise of 80's glam frontmen. From David Coverdale to Ozzy Osbourne, from Bret Michaels to Alice Cooper, with a total of twenty-eight hard-to-forget 80's singers. To be honest, what is covered with each singer really is nothing new in the way of information, however, the way that the author writes, his insights and thoughts are highly entertaining and enjoyable. Along with mini-bios of each frontman, Mr. Grant also talks about what the singer is doing present day, as well as his own "ramblings' that may (or may not) have to do with the particular subject he is writing about at the time.
Though Rock Stars is in need of a bit of editing, overall it is a highly entertaining guide that will bring memories of long ago back in full force, as well the the overwhelming desire to unpack those dusty cassette tapes that were once cherished - okay, that is if you can even find a cassette player anymore. I do, however, feel a need to do some shopping and downloading to revisit some of my 80's favorite songs - thanks a lot, Mr. Grant!!
Do I recommend Rock Stars?! Most certainly, yes. Of course if you have no idea who Ratt, Warrant, Skid Row, Ozzy, Motley Crue, etc are, then you may not get as much from this collection as those of use who know a bit about whirling and twirling that hair for all it's worth. I can't forget to mention the awesome illustrations complements of the talented Joel Gwidt! Great fun and sure to bring a chuckle or two, as well as memories of a Wasted Youth (or perhaps not so wasted, lol)!